Rob, if you don’t know him, is an avid outdoorsman who is as comfortable in the woods as he is on his Sportster… maybe even more so. He’s the kind of guy who, if a zombie apocalypse ever becomes a reality, you’re going to be grabbing your things and driving to his house because he’ll know how to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
To celebrate this eclectic side of him, Dice asked him to walk them through some of his must-have fly fishing equipment. They ran the interview in Issue 78 and we decided to share it with you in case you haven’t had the chance to see it in print.
If you’re not already following him on social media, check him out on Facebook and Instagram. Better yet, if you’re in Charlotte, come see him at our shop. He’ll probably offer you a beer and a few words of wisdom… although that’s debatable.
01) The reel is a Billy Pate Trout reel made by Tibor Reel Company. I’ve had it for almost 25 years. The rod is a Scott 8’6”, 4 piece, 4 weight.
02) Just cheap boots, but the soles are lined in felt which grips the slippery rocks and keeps me from falling in the stream.
03) My watch is a Seiko kinetic that I’ve had for over 20 years and it has never once stopped ticking.
04) I keep just the necessities in the bag. A couple of fly boxes, some extra leaders, spools of tippet, snips, forceps, a couple of granola bars and toilet paper.
05) My box of flies is one of many but consists of various hand tied nymphs, dry flies and numerous other patterns designed to catch trout in all seasons.
06) My tattoo was done by Danny Reed and it is a brook trout. The brook trout is the native trout of North Carolina.
07) It is important to use a net when landing trout. Using your hands can rub the slime coat off of the fish, which may cause it to become susceptible to parasites and possibly die.
08) A good straw hat to keep the sun off my shoulders and out of my face and an old set of Ray-Ban polarized glasses. Polarization is very important because it reduces water glare and allows me to see below the water’s surface.
09) My knife is a Benchmade Emerson Spec War model that was given to me by a good friend over 20 years ago. I never leave the house without it. Last but not least, cheap waders. They are a necessity when the water turns frigid in the winter.