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Trouts Journal

Trouts Guide Spotlight: Kaili Purviance

Ivan Orsic / Oct 7, 2015

Trouts: Tell us a little about yourself, how long you’ve been fishing/fly-fishing and how you were introduced to the sport.

KP: I was introduced to fly-fishing by a colleague when I moved to Colorado in late 2004 but I have been fishing since the day I could successfully jump my backyard fence and outrun the dogs of neighboring farmers land who had a stocked pond. I grew up just north of Houston, Texas and there are quite a few ponds and lakes around town with some sizable largemouth. When I go back I still frequent those ponds but these days with a fly-rod.

Trouts: Why do you love to guide fly-fishing?

KP: Honestly, I just love seeing people catch fish on a fly rod. You might think after years of fishing these rivers there would be a point where, ehh, seen that before, nope. I am probably the most excited person ever who isn't the one actually catching the fish!

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

KP: Ha. "Throw some more weight on that." - by fellow angler and Trout's Outfitting Manager Kyle Wilkinson.

Trouts: Describe your guiding style?

KP: I would have to say -- conversational, relaxed and customer focused. I would consider myself an educator so I like to keep clients engaged while having a relaxed atmosphere where they can really enjoy themselves and get the full experience of fly-fishing in Colorado. Some clients travel from all over the world to fish here in Colorado, so for me that is delivering an exceptional experience. The beauty of the Colorado high-country does half the work for me.

Trouts: Describe your perfect day on the water both A) guiding and B) fishing for fun.

KP: My perfect day guiding would be on a relatively small stream with an angler who wants to hit spots with a dry fly or sight fish for large feeding trout. In the fall. In late afternoon. With a slight breeze from the southwest. What...too much?
Fishing on my own? I could be anywhere really. Honestly. It could be in Galveston fishing for reds with my dad or heading just 20 mins west to Bear Creek for small browns on a stimulator with my son in a backpack. It doesn't really matter.

Trouts: Favorite species to target on the fly?

KP: I see how you said target...not necessarily catch. I would say Tarpon. Being on a boat, watching them come towards you and then trying to make a perfect cast to a targeted fish. It gets you going.

Trouts: Favorite place to fish?

KP: That's a tough one. I like all rivers that have fish. Maybe the North Platte on the "Miracle Mile". Mostly because when I go I get to camp with some of my best friends and just fish and catch up.

Trouts: Destination to dream about?

KP: Christmas Island. It's Christmas and it's an island. All in one.

Trouts: Got any fun fishing trips on the books?

KP: Nothing on the docket. Honestly I am looking forward to fall where I can get some time on the local stuff. Well relatively local.

Trouts: What do you like to do for fun when not on the water?

KP: Hanging out with my family - wife Sara and son Ben. We like to cruise around the Denver trails or if I've got a few to myself you can probably find me on a golf course -- scanning the water hazards.

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