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Trouts Frisco Guide Spotlight: Brian Hume

Ivan Orsic / Sep 22, 2016

I've been fortunate enough to spend a few days on the water with Brian this year and I can tell you this much- they are days I'll never forget. Brians enthusiasm for guiding, the water, the fish, and Colorado are unmatched. I can also guarantee that if you've ever been a client of his your side was hurting at the end of the day from laughing so much. Brian is one of a kind in every sense of the word. Spend a day on the water with him and you'll know what I mean.

I sat down recently with the man who's never not smiling to learn a little more about what keeps taking him back to the water every chance he gets.

Trouts: How long have you been guiding and how did you get your start?

BH: Must have been 1995 when I met Zeke Hersh of Blue River Anglers through a couple of mutual friends. I remember hanging around the old shop in Breckenridge full of flies, rods and stinky waders thinking I had just struck gold. It wasn’t long before my skill set evolved and I started guiding for Zeke later that summer. From Spinney to Hooiser Pass on the South Platte system, Breckenridge to Kremmling on the Blue, Parshall to Dotsero on the Colorado, Fremont Pass to Salida we fished and guided as stewards of the rivers. Thanks Zeke!

Trouts: Describe your perfect day on the water A) fun fishing and B) with clients

BH: Fishing with family and friends is a powerful experience. One you talk about for years. When I get the chance, I’m on the water with one of my boys.

When it comes to guiding, I know it’s going to be a great day with new clients when they show up with an inquisitive attitude. Right from the start the learning begins in the shop at the fly bins going through the life cycles of local bugs. Asking questions shows me your interested and here to improve.

Trouts: What do you love most about fly-fishing in Colorado?

BH: The diversity of water you can fish. From a tiny headwaters creek to wide bends on the Colorado river. There is an unlimited amount of water to explore and I just can't get enough of it!

Trouts: What is the number one mistake you see beginning anglers make on your guide trips?

BH: Not doing any homework. There is tons of information available online these days. Do some research – whether it’s watching some casting videos or reading about a hook set. Trout fishing is challenging, the more you think about it before stepping on the water the more prepared you will be.

Trouts: What is the best piece of fly-fishing advice you’ve been given?

BH: The more you want it the less it happens.

Trouts: If you could only fish for one species of fish for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

BH: That is a very difficult question. I’m a sucker for sight fishing. From the beaches of New England for Stripers to the mountains of Colorado for Trout. Find me a fish I can spot in the water before making a cast and I'm good to go!

Trouts: When not on the water what are we most likely to find you doing?

BH: Raising kids and constantly working our house here in Frisco!

Trouts: Tell us something we might be surprised to know about you?

BH: I competitively raced sailboats and windsurfers. I absolutely love to sail.

Trouts: What fly do you turn to when nothing else seems to be working?

BH: Black zebra midge. That fly has been around forever and for good reason- it works!

Trouts: What advice would you pass along to someone wanting to start a career in guiding?

BH: Take your time. Its probably going to take many years longer than you thought to get where you’d like to be with this job. Fish every chance you get and always try to learn something new every day. There is no substitute for time on the water.

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