Although she remembers catching her first fish as little girl in Colorado, Vickie’s entry into fly fishing began just in 2012 with a guided fly fishing trip on the beautiful Deschutes River in Oregon. Since that fateful trip, she has fished with top anglers throughout the Western United States and Alaska. Through her travels and experiences, she has focused on stillwater angling, honing her skills as an angler, fly tyer, and guide. She now spends up to half of the year on the road, traveling the states in search of trophy size trout while camping in her truck. She loves fishing lakes for their scenic beauty and solitude, but most of all, for the large trout they contain!
In just a few years Vickie has become a top stillwater fly angler. She writes a fly fishing blog, has designed a new line of flies (expected to be available in 2019), and is working on her first book. Through her blog and her book, she hopes to make stillwater angling accessible to all.
As hard as she has worked, she credits her success, in no small part, to the support of many fellow anglers. She wants to pay it forward by sharing what she has learned with others. Her effort is a tribute to those people who have guided and supported her pursuit of and love for stillwater.
She loves stillwater fly fishing and thinks you will too! Welcome to her website!
Join me on my journey of discovery and adventure in lakes close to my hometown of Portland, Oregon as well as beautiful stillwater locations across the country. You will be able to follow my personal adventures and experiences, be introduced to these locations, and learn about stillwater fishing.
Why is fishing a lake so exciting?
It’s the pursuit of large fish with an attitude. While I enjoy fishing rivers and lakes, lake fishing captured my interest simply due to the size of the fish available and the peaceful solitude lakes offer. Exciting and never boring, lake fly fishing demands my best sleuthing abilities to locate the fish coupled with the technical skills needed to land them.
What is the key to stillwater fishing?
The key to effective stillwater fishing requires the ability to present the fly where the fish are feeding and at the depth they are feeding. Instinctual feeding behaviors of trout are influenced by the time of day and the time of year. Environmental and water conditions constantly change directly influencing fish feeding behavior. To catch fish consistently, it is critical to know when, where, why, and how to adapt our angling presentations relative to the fish feeding behavior.
Presentation Methods…Which one is better?
We all have preferred methods to fish including using indicators, cast and retrieve, or trolling. There is no single line, leader, tippet, retrieve, or fly that is applicable in all situations. Success is dependent upon your willingness to adjust your presentation to match the conditions. If one only uses one presentation approach and refuses to try anything new, then how many fish would you be missing?
People who helped me
Gratitude and acknowledgement must go to Denny Rickards my coach, mentor and fishing buddy who is patiently guiding my fishing progress – and with a profound amount of humor. My angling skills have been transformed by his generosity of spirit and willingness to share his knowledge. It’s my quest to execute the techniques I’ve learned from Denny and judged by the watchful eyes of the underwater dwellers. I remain a committed student discovering and unlocking the mysteries of stillwater in the pursuit of large fish. I salute Denny and all of the master anglers who have shared their knowledge, advice, wisdom and humor with me.