Guide Profile: Fly Fishing and Guiding in the Rockies with Pete Erickson

Pete Erickson guide

Pete Erickson is a fly fishing guide who mostly guides in the Rockies and also hosts trips throughout the world. A guide for Silver Creek Outfitters and WorldCast Anglers, he’s also a pro for companies including Loon Outdoors, ECHO, and others. Erickson recently took on an interview with The Venturing Angler:

Why do you guide where you do?

Guiding fly fishing gives me the opportunity to spend quality time outdoors, experience rewarding learning environments, and most of all build fulfilling human relationships.

I’m mostly a Rocky Mountain trout guide, but have guided in Alaska, Florida, British Columbia and have hosted many fishing trips to exotic locations around the world.

The two outfitters that I work for are WorldCast Anglers and Silver Creek Outfitters.

What is your favorite fish species?

1st: Snake River finespot cutthroat trout
2nd: Pennask rainbow trout
3rd: (Tie) Snook and steelhead

What is your favorite thing about guiding?

Building relationships with people

Pete Erickson fish

What is the most memorable trip you’ve guided and why?

Host guiding Strobel Lake Argentina was extremely memorable because of the incredible unique landscape and amazingly kind and friendly people that work there.

What is the funniest thing you’ve experienced while guiding?

Watching one of my clients fish with his waders on backwards all day…I didn’t have the heart to tell him when he stepped in my boat!  He was so excited to fish that I just let him get right after it, we had a great day…

Pete Erickson

What makes your guide service great?

Both of the guide services that I work for are great because of the unparalleled professionalism that they endlessly strive for.

If you had only one day off all year, where would you fish and what fish would you target?

Mousing for huge rainbows on the Nushagak River, Alaska

What are your favorite three flies?

Pheasant tail
CDC Mayfly

What is the one piece of gear you couldn’t bear to leave at home?

My boat towel

Do you have any other passions?

Cooking and family

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