Cooper’s First Jackson Hole One Fly

by | Sep 4, 2014 | Uncategorized

blog-Sept-4-2014-1-cooper-eckmanI’ve been fishing with Cooper Eckman since he was twelve.  For several years he went with his dad Gary and me often.  When he became a teenager he got busy with more important things.  Now that he’s eighteen he’s been enjoying getting on the water again.  Gary had to replace one of our Jackson Hole One Fly teammates this year and asked me to let him know if I thought of anyone.  “I think Cooper is ready”, I responded.


blog-Sept-4-2014-2-flyfishing-the-south-forkI have confidence in Cooper.  Undoubtedly Cooper expressed some concern today about doing well.  I know the feeling.  I competed in the World Championships of Fly Fishing back in the day and I was petrified until I realized that all had to do was be myself and fish.


blog-Sept-4-2014-3-cooper-eckman-in-the-one-flyToday Ed Emory and I took Cooper out for a warmup on the lower canyon of the South Fork.  Cooper fished excellent both with dry flies and with a nymph under an indicator.  The dry flies didn’t work well at all but Cooper caught at least ten bonus sized fish on the nymphs.  Of course, we were with Bead Head Ed – who is one of the best when it comes to nymphs.


blog-Sept-4-2014-4-jackson-hole-one-flyI fished my streamer today.  For the second day the streamer bite wasn’t on.  I didn’t fish my normal grinder day but nonetheless, on the South Fork I can usually scrounge up a dozen nice fish fishing hard or not.  I only caught three!


We had the draw tonight for One Fly fishing.  I’m not too excited about my stretches.  I have the middle canyon on the South Fork on Saturday (where Gary and I took a beating yesterday) and South Park to Pritchard on the Snake River on Sunday – not the best for catching big fish.  That being said, my game face is on and I’m ready – Ready to compete!


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!