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Eddie has been fly fishing his entire life. He began selling flies at age 14 as a means to fund his fishing activities and began traveling to fly fishing destinations at age 16. As a student of fly fishing, he has been personally taught by many icons of the sport in the arts of fly casting, fly fishing, speycasting and fly tying. Eddie is a life member of the International Federation of Fly Fishers. He has been teaching all aspects of the sport for over 20 years and is a Master Certified Instructor. In addition to a lifetime spent stalking trout, Eddie has spent hundreds of hours fishing for the illusive steelhead and countless hours fishing for saltwater species such as bonefish , tarpon and permit in the flats of the Caribbean. Eddies passion for the sport and his willingness to share it with all who have interest, radiates throughout the welcoming atmosphere in the shop.
Sometime in my early thirties, I began experiencing some emotions that I’d feared may come for some time. Somehow, my obligations to my family and our future had grown to a proportion that seemed to be larger than the amount of energy I was able to devote toward fly fishing. In short, fly fishing was no longer the only important thing in my life.
I’d often wondered what life would be like if I didn’t devote the major part of every day to the study of fish and their mysterious willingness to take a fly. But somehow despite my desire to keep it at bay, I was slowly being overtaken by the unthinkable.Many of my closest fishing companions were considerably older than I, and I had been reminded often that the older one gets, the less time one is able to spend fly fishing. Like many other truths told to me in my youth, I simply didn’t believe that this would ever be the case with me.
The realization that this situation was steadily approaching was quite troubling to me. I tossed around miserable scenarios in my head like super balls in a bathtub. I never wanted to reach the point where fly fishing wasn’t my only focus. I never wanted to consider that anything else could occupy the better part of my waking hours. What was I to do? Was this the end of life, as I had known it? Would I live out the rest of my life in a miserable heap of sentiment, thinking and telling about how I used to fish a lot when I was younger?
Then suddenly, after I had depressingly pondered the role that fly fishing would play throughout the remainder of my existence, I was hit broadside by the realization that I had not lost anything at all. Rather, I was transitioning from one phase of my life to another; my passion for fly fishing was becoming more and more evident. I began to understand that just because I wasn’t spending as much time on the water as I previously had, didn’t mean that I couldn’t devote just as much energy to the study and teaching of the sport which was embedded so deeply in my existence and up to that point, had controlled the direction of my destiny.
I began to realize that even though I wasn’t on the water 5 days a week, not a day went by that I didn’t either read from a book, tie flies, cast a line or at minimum, talk about fly fishing to someone who shared my same sickness. And as I continued to analyze my current position, I realized that though my time on the water was less than in my youth, the quality of my time spent fishing was much greater. And most importantly, I recognized that each day was spent in pursuit of more knowledge of fly fishing. I realized several great truths. I was still learning about fly fishing, I still enjoyed learning and was driven by the potential of learning more, and most importantly, I understood that I could never learn it all.
This whole series of thoughts brought to mind a poem that I once read on the wall of a tackle shop many years earlier. I liked what I had read at the time and tried to recall it later, intentionally changing it to suit my liking. I wrote it down and pasted it in one of my fly fishing ledgers that contains a variety of spreadsheets and charts. The original poem made no reference to its origin so I have no way of assigning credit to the original author. My version of it is as follows.
I am a fly fisherman.
I will always be a fly fisherman.
It is not something I do, it is who I am.
For me, fly fishing is not an escape, it is where I belong, where I am supposed to be.
It is not a place; it is a life long journey.
Fly fishing is a melting pot of knowledge and skill.
It is a state of mind that I will share with a select few.
When you understand all of this, you will know who I am.
And maybe we will fish together.
Perry is amazing! Fly fishing is second nature to him. He seems to have a 6th sense when it comes to knowing where the fish are and how to catch them. He is by far the best guide that Eddie has ever known. His experience is extensive and his knowledge of all types of water and hatches is at a level rarely seen in the world of fly fishing. He has traveled extensively and caught everything from the elusive permit to the largest of trout. Anyone who has the pleasure of fishing with Perry will come away from the experience feeling great!
Chad has been a part of Eddie Robinson’s for 8 years and he is as honest as the day is long. Chad studies every facet of the sport and is an accomplished fly tier and instructor… a true pleasure to be around. Chad’s knowledge is incredibly vast, far exceeding his own comprehension. Chad’s drive to perfection and his student nature (learning much and never thinking he knows), makes him the quintessential student of the sport that is continually getting better. No matter how much he knows he never thinks he knows enough.
Ryan has been fly-fishing the waters of Utah for 25 years and has spent a majority of that time fishing the Provo and Weber rivers respectively. The vast amounts of knowledge that Ryan has accumulated over the many years he's spent fishing the Provo River and his familiarity with its conditions makes him an excellent Provo River fly-fishing guide and an incredible angler. Among the Provo and Weber rivers Ryan has fished from British Columbia, Canada to Scotland and all over the Western United States. Over the last ten years Ryan has been honing his fly tying skills, and if you have ever spent time fishing with or being guided by Ryan, chances are you have caught fish on a pattern he has tied himself. When Ryan isn't manning the shop or guiding clients on the river you can find him casting dry flies to rising trout or at his vise tying his favorite Utah fly patterns.