Gun slinging with Wyattearpfish

December 6, 2008

Frenzy

Sage Advice from Wyatt Tibbitts

All the years I have been fly fishing, I have probably learned the most in the shortest amount of time from the gentleman we call here at the Fly Fishing Frenzy as Wyattearpfish. I consider Wyatt a good friend and one of the most knowledgeable fly fishermen I’ve ever met. He has guided on 2 different continents and caught more fish than you can shake a stick at. And Ladies, he is single! I sat down with Wyatt in pure Fly Fishing Frenzy fashion for Sage Advice Saturday to find out what makes him tick, but more importantly to pick his brain on the topic of fly fishing. ENJOY!

Interviewer Aaron Peterson
Interviewee Wyatt Tibbitts

Q. Where do you call home?

A. I’ve lived a lot of places, but Idaho will always be home.

Q. What got you interested in fly fishing?

A. My dad got my brother and me out fishing with worms and grasshoppers when I was young….mostly on the Teton River. That started my love of fishing. Growing up, I was neighbors with Mike Lawson and worked mowing his lawn and taking care of his hunting dogs when he was away on fishing trips. He got me interested in fly-fishing. Plus, our house was 5 minute walk from the Henry’s Fork so it was a no brainer.

Q. What is your background in fly fishing (jobs/places)?

A. Henry’s Fork Lodge, Henry’s Fork Anglers(Island Park and Swan Valley Idaho, Madison River, Montana), Patagonia Expeditions(the Esquel and Corcovado region, Argentina), Patagonia Outfitters( San Martin region Argentina), Pira Lodge(Corrientes River Drainage Argentina), and the Bolivian Mamore Lodge(fly out camp on the Mamore River system in Bolivia).

Q. What type of fishing do you enjoy the most and why?

A. I like it all, but throwing big dries for lunker browns is probably my favorite. They’re just so cool.

Q. Where is the greatest place you have ever fished and why?

A. Freshwater…I’d have to say the Rio Grande in Southern Argentina. It’s super remote, windy as hell, and the browns there are enormous. Every cast could potentially be a 20+lb fish.
A. Saltwater…Isla Holbox on the Mexican Yucatan. It’s one of my favorites because of the guides and the Tarpon. It’s a cool little fishing village. Not a lot of pressure and when it’s good there, it’ll blow your mind.

Q. Where is the one place you haven’t fished, but would give your left nut to go?

A. I can’t name just one… Homosassa, Florida…New Zealand…or Andros Island.–

Q. What is the best fighting fish on a fly?

A. For me…tarpon.

Q. Where does an avid fisherman like you go to get good fly fishing information?

A. moldychum.com, thisisfly.com, and of course www.flyfishingfrenzy.com or just one of the local shops depending on where I’m going.

Q. What advice do you have for someone looking to get into fly fishing?

A. Don’t go out and spend every last dime on top quality gear. Make sure you get a decent rod with a lifetime warranty. There are great beginner rod/reel combos out there with the warranty. It’s sad to see how expensive some of the gear is now. It’s just fishing…remember.

Q. What is your favorite fly shop in the world?

A. Jack Dennis’ in Jackson Hole, or Henry’s Fork Anglers in Last Chance.

Q. Is there a type of fish you haven’t caught, but vow you will?

A. A permit. If you can catch permit consistently, you can catch anything.

Q. Craziest fish you ever caught?

A. While I worked in Bolivia, there’s a fish down there called Pacu. They are the craziest looking things….two rows of molar like teeth and they feed on rock hard jungle fruit. I had a few of them crush saltwater hooks when they took a fruit fly pattern I tied up. They literally crushed 4/0 Owners like they were nothing. They fight hard and come cruising up and down the river in schools. We caught them up to about 50 or 60 lbs…and I saw a lot of broken gear trying to land them. Surubi are also pretty cool…they look like a zebra striped catfish.

Q. What do you dislike about the sport nowadays?

A. When people act like fly fishing is the only acceptable way to fish. It’s true, I prefer throwing flies any day of the week, but let’s keep in mind how many of us cut our teeth fishing with bait. It’s like skiing vs. snowboarding….it’s all just about playing in the snow…fun either way.

Q. What did you like/dislike about guiding?

A. Ha! That’s a good one. Guiding has both good and bad points. On the one hand, you get to do something you like every single day. On the other hand, that can ruin something you love. Let’s say you like pizza…but if that’s all you ate for years on end, it’d get old after a while. Guiding is more about being a patient teacher and having good conversational skills. After all, more than likely you’ll be stuck in a boat with someone you may or may not like all day long. I always tried to learn something from everyone I took out. My biggest pet peeve is rich clients who think because they can afford to hire a guide often they’re guaranteed a huge fish. Most guys like that only fish a couple times a year at most and go on and on about how good they are. It’s hilarious. I like the decal out there that says “Guide, not God.” Fishing is still fishing….not always good.

Q. What’s the craziest thing you ever saw while out on the water?

A. I’d have to say watching piranhas eat a peacock or Dorado down to the bone in a matter of seconds. In Bolivia, we had a lot of piranhas in the areas we fished. Occasionally, a client would hook and overplay a fish. Piranhas can sense when another fish, or any living creature, is weak or struggling. That’s when they move in and attack. The water will boil and turn red for a few seconds, and then that’s it…..nothing left of your fish. The size of the anacondas living in the jungle down there is also pretty cool…they’re absolutely huge.

By, Chubbs Peterson

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5 Responses to “Gun slinging with Wyattearpfish”

  1. chubbsypeterson Says:

    Wyatt has had some much experience all over the world. i was just looking at some more of his pics and got jealous. i cant wait for fishing to start.

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  2. MARIA DE PIRA Says:

    HOLA SOY MARIA ,TRABAJAMOS JUNTOS EN PIRA SIEMPRE NOS ACORDAMOS DE VOS CON BLANCA,ENCONTRAMOS TU PAGINA ,OJALA PODAMOS CONECTARNOS,TE DEJE MI MAIL,BESOS

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  3. Wyatt Says:

    Hola Maria!! Como andas amiga? Hace mucho tiempo no? Mande me un email y un abrazo a los locos de PIRA!!

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  4. MARIA DE PIRA Says:

    HACE UN PAR DE AÑOS Q YA NO ESTOY EN PIRA TE PASO MI MAIL PARA Q ME AGREGUES KAPY75@HOTMAIL,QUE ES DE TU VIDA SIEMPRE TE RECORDAMOS CON BLANCA LO BUENA GENTE Q SOS,NO TE PIERDAS Y TE ESPERO EN EL CHAT,TE QUEREMOS Y RESTAMOS BLANCA Y MARIA,MUCHOS BESOS.

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  5. MARIA DE PIRA Says:

    AH LO DE PIRA ERA PARA Q ME RECUERDES,SEGUIS TOMANDO CHOCOLATADA?JAJAJA!

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