We would like to welcome Brooks Provence to the guide team here at The Fly Shop®

Brooks ProvenceBorn and raised in beautiful Redding, CA, Brooks began fishing Hat Creek and Eagle Lake with his grandfather. Brooks discovered fly fishing in high school with a group of his close friends, and decided this was something he would pursue for life. He has been guiding for the past seven years here in Northern California on Hat Creek, Fall River, Pit River, and the Upper and Lower Sacramento Rivers. In the spring and summer he chases trout, but looks forward to late summer and fall when he can swing and skate flies for steelhead on the Trinity River and later on in winter on the coast. Brooks is a joy to spend the day with and is super knowledgeable for both the beginner and advanced angler. An avid snow hound during big winter storms, when the rivers are blown out, you will find him on the slopes bouncing through the trees in search of that epic ride.

Q&A with Brooks Provence:

How did you get started in fly fishing?
Group of buddies in high school

How did you get started as a fishing guide?
Went to a guide school in 2013

If you had one piece of advice to give to your guide clients, what would it be?
Come with a positive attitude and the fun will follow.

Favorite fish to pursue?
Brown trout and steelhead

What fly fishing destination is on your bucket list?
Kola Peninsula

Favorite fly rod?
Sage X — super light and sends rockets

Favorite reel?
Hardy St. John — nothing like letting everyone know you’re into a good one with the reel screaming

Favorite fly?
I like them all!

What is your greatest fly fishing extravagance?
Can never have too many rods or reels

Which living or non-living fly fisher would you want to spend a day fly fishing with?
Joe Humphrey

What single issue in fly fishing do you feel has the greatest adverse potential?
Number of anglers and some of the regulations for certain rivers

What is the most memorable fly fishing trip you’ve taken?
Haven’t gone very far but nothing like steelhead trips with all the boys

What is your fly fishing pet peeve?
When the fish won’t stop eating my flies

What do you most value in your friends?
The willingness to adventure to unfamiliar places

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Definitely a bald eagle

Booking Brooks for a day of guided fishing

To book Brooks or one of our other excellent guides, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours any day of the week, or email us at bryan@theflyshop.com or chris@theflyshop.com anytime. We can give you the answers you need, detailed explanations to questions you might have, or check on availability and confirm your reservation in minutes.