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Brent Critchfield ~ Creator

Ever since I was a youngster a fishing rod was in my hand. Often times, the pictures of the past show me holding a fish still in a soccer or football uniform. Even in my years as a teaching golf professional, very rarely was there any time out on the links that a fishing rod wasn't strapped on the back of the golf cart so I could fish the course ponds while waiting for the group ahead to clear. As golf is still a great joy for me, the sport hasn't captivated me to the sense of obsession like fishing has, especially fly fishing.  

 

So many things stand out to me over the years when I reflect on my outdoor life and fishing.   Camping in Yellowstone N.P for four years, as the parks sole back country walk and wade fly fishing guide, living alone, along the banks of rivers knee deep in grizzly country has a way of speaking to you in a surreal sense and I still eat it up today.   The years spent in Canada fishing at outposts with my friends or those special memories of fishing with my dad and brother in Alaska or back at our home waters.    

 

As my life has varied from teaching a person to swing a golf club to being a Director of Sales and Training for two fortune 100 companies, the principals of giving a lesson and interpretation has stayed the same.  Few things make me feel better then helping someone learn something new.   It is definitely the reason that I made fly fishing my long term career.  In 2006, I was certified by Hubbards, an Orvis endorsed guide school and lodge in paradise valley, MT.    Since then I have honed a craft so that it can be interpreted and taught simply to others. 

 

Eyes on the Fly has been a dream of mine since I was in College at Missouri State in Springfield Mo or as they used to call it when I went there; Southwest Missouri State.  Our family grew up coming to the White River and I couldn't ask for a better place to settle down in.  Of the 9 separate states and provinces I have lived, Cotter Ar. has always held a special place in my heart.  Not just because of its beauty but mainly because of the fishing capabilities it possesses.  You really can’t ask for a better environment and habitat for maximum trout growth potential on the White and North Fork Rivers.  When a change is in need, it’s a simple half hour drive to enjoy tournament fishing Bull Shoals Lake and Norfork Lake for stripers, bass, walleye and crappie.  When a change is needed from lakes it’s off to the secret small mouth waterways like the Buffalo River and Crooked Creek to catch bronze backs.   If a fishing trip here is not on your radar, it really should be!  If you like to have fun, get away from the rat race and spend time with your family and friends learning new fishing techniques and seeing new things then I promise to deliver on my end no matter where we end up going together.       

 

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        My brother Jeff and I in Alaska with a 54" King Salmon on the Fly Rod!