Bugs in a bug: Brant tying flies at Silver Creek, Idaho, circa 1977
I grew up in southern Idaho and was given my first fly rod around age 10. A lot of my early fly fishing involved dragging a Woolly Worm behind a float tube on local desert reservoirs.
I started tying flies commercially in my teens, and after discovering Silver Creek, I became fascinated with hatches, imitative flies and technical angling on spring creeks.
I left Idaho to pursue two degrees in linguistics at the University of Oregon, but I abandoned an academic career in 1983 to become director of Orvis' fishing school program in San Francisco.
In 1985, I left Orvis to join Mel Krieger as co-director of Mel's school program and sales manager for Club Pacific, a fly fishing travel service.
I left the Bay Area in 1987, and after an extended fishing vacation, settled in Livingston, Montana with my wife Pauline.
I have worked in nearly every segment of the fly fishing industry-as a fishing school instructor/director (for both Orvis and the Mel Krieger school program), fishing travel consultant, fly shop manager, commercial fly tier, casting instructor, and now as a guide and outfitter in Livingston, Montana. As a guide, I spend most of my days with clients on the Paradise Valley spring creeks (Armstrong, DePuy's, and Nelson's) and the Yellowstone River.
I have written extensively (if intermittently) for fly fishing periodicals - as a columnist for both The Angler's Journal and Wild Trout Journal, and I have been a contributor to Big Sky Journal, Fly Fishing Retailer, Rod & Reel, and Wild on the Fly, as well as Tight Loop and Flyfisher, both Japanese fly fishing magazines. I have contributed regularly online, particularly at Midcurrent.com.
Over the years, I have been active with conservation groups, including CalTrout, the Joe Brooks (Livingston, Montana) Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and the Park County Environmental Council. I also served on the Governor's Upper Yellowstone River Task Force from 1997 to 2003.
My other interests include cooking, photography, traditional bowhunting, and bird hunting with my Labradors.
"I have had the good fortune to have worked with literally hundreds of fly fishing and casting teachers, both here and abroad.
Brant, a good friend, is absolutely one of the best, in knowledge, communication skills and his unusual ability to empathize with learners."
- the late Mel Krieger
Warm gloves - preparation is essential for winter fishing