Rebekka Redd is an impressive angler who is known for destination travel and a passion for fly fishing, photography, and conservation. Rebekka recently took time between travels to take on some questions for The Venturing Angler:
Where in the world have you fly fished?
All over North and Central America (from Labrador to Belize), Europe, South America, Africa … the list grows daily as I discover new places to fish, explore and photograph.
What is your favorite destination and why?
I have some amazing fishing close to me in Ontario, and I absolutely love topwater smallmouth bass fishing. My local waters are ideal for that. But, if I where going to pick an exotic location, it would be Abaco Island, Bahamas! Epic bonefishing, sun, sand, endless flats to yourself … what’s not to love about that?! I stayed at the Black Fly Lodge and filmed a TV show there. It was completely beautiful.
What is the most memorable travel experience you have and why?
“Swimming” in the Orinoco River in Colombia! I was exploring new peacock bass waters. Lol … Like an idiot, I was trying to swim with a fly rod, GoPro, and net in my hands against a current in some questionable waters. Don’t copy me folks! The crossing in the little river we where crossing was narrow, but it had about an 8-10 foot dip in the center and that’s where I went under.
Thankfully I was with a great team, and they where close to me. I went under but I was quickly rescued/grabbed. The entire “swim” was recorded on my GoPro in hand.
What has been the best trip so far and why?
It’s hard to pick the best trip! My latest trip to Tanzania would have to be the best so far. It encapsulated everything a trip should be — adventure, total wilderness, challenging/amazing fishing, the element of danger if you don’t listen to your guide, the intensity of the tigerfish, friendship/comradery amongst my team. I saw so many animals as we made camp in the wilds of East Africa. I woke up to monkeys swinging in the trees around my tent. It was something I will never forget!
Do you have any travel coming up?
Trade shows, Cuba, and so much more … I’ll keep you guessing. 😉
Is there a specie that you are dying to catch? What is it about that fish?
It was the tigerfish, and I accomplished that mission in a grand way. Next would be … ??
When you are not on the water, what do you want the most out of a trip and why?
I enjoy seeing as much of the land as possible. I love taking photos, and I become a little kid again and enjoy investigating for birds, lizards and such. I also enjoy meeting and making new friends with fellow guests/locals.
What is your dream trip and why?
New Zealand. I love snow-capped mountains, freshwater streams, and panoramic views I can photograph, but most of all the famous trout that inhabit those waters.
If one song where to play in a video short of your most recent fly fishing trip, what would it be?
Dark Necessities by The Red Hot Chili Peppers … hands down.
What is the one piece of gear you couldn’t bear to leave at home?
Obviously my fly rod. Next to that, my sunglasses. I squint to the point of tears from the sun when on the water.
As you have traveled, what environmental issues have most concerned you?
There are overwhelming numbers of issues here. A few that boil my blood:
The intense amount of pesticide usage! I have witnessed overspray into streams, and there are no officials to oversee it. I complained to my local official for agriculture, and he did zero about it. The water also flows into people’s creeks that feed their wells.
The agriculture runoff into our water systems, the obvious mining issues, overfishing, killing our sharks for their fins, the mass-killing of dolphins, BLM wild horse round ups, the intense use of plastic and its waste in our oceans, the killing of the pink river dolphins in SA that are then used as bait to catch catfish, the desecration of our rain forests for agriculture …
As long as there is money to be made from these topics and more, mother earth will struggle to continue. None of us can do everything, but each of us can do something to protect our earth and the beautiful creatures that share this planet with us.
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