Blue Ribbon Guide Staff

Patrick Daigle

Patrick Daigle —

I grew up on the Salmon River, in Moodus, CT........too many experiences to mention but, my first trout was caught at the age of 3 and a half and I have been screwed ever since........ I cast my first fly rod at the age of 14.... I became involved with the fly fishing industry 15 years ago at North Cove Outfitters in Old Saybrook, CT. It was one of the best experiences of my life. Along the coast of Connecticut, I fished for stripers, blues, false albacore, bonito....spanish mackerel....from shore, vessel, and often from a kayak. Most memorable fish: 43" Cow striper caught from shore on my 10wt fly rod, with 13"bunker fly I made, cast on a 500grain line for two weeks without a bite. At night, alone, and I let her go; forever seared in my mind. Why did I cast that damn thing for two weeks without even a bite, because I knew something would eventually eat that fly. Moved to Montana at the age of 27 and this will be my 7th? summer at BRF (first guide trip was four years ago with Tim and Rusty...Varney to 8mile and totally took dead mans channel on river right...yep, over shot the launch and had to haul the boat up river a few hundred yards back to 8mile)

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