Sam Potter of TightLine Fly Fishing guides for several species in the great state of Missouri. Potter recently sat down to take on some questions for the Venturing Angler:
Why do you guide where you do?
We have excellent trout and smallmouth fishing available 365 days a year with several streams to choose from within a one hours drive.
What is your favorite fish specie?
What is your favorite thing about guiding?
Meeting people, sharing fishing stories, and helping clients improve fly fishing skill.
What is the most memorable trip you’ve guided and why?
No one trip stands out. There are so many that are memorable in various ways. For example recently I had a client learn how to roll cast 50 feet and she couldn’t wait to show her father. He has been a lifelong fly fisherman and she said he is very emotional and that it would probably bring tears to his eyes. The smile and joy on her face were special.
What is the funniest thing you’ve experienced while guiding?
While trying to maneuver down a river bank, my client’s feet slipped out from under him and he slid down the muddy bank on his butt about 8 feet and landed in 4 inches of muck. Thankfully he was fine, and we had a big laugh about it. He waded into the stream and sat down in the river to wash off.
What makes your guide service great?
Flexibility. I cater my service to what my clients want out of the experience. I have guided clients that have never fished much less fly fished and I have guided clients that have fly fished all over the world.
If you had only one day off all year, where would you fish and what fish would you target?
The Western Michigan Peninsula for steelhead.
What are your favorite three flies?
Soft-hackles, crawfish, and wooly buggers.
What is the one piece of gear you couldn’t bear to leave at home?
Do you have any other passions?
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