Kelly Zamiski

Kelly is a long-time customer who we are happy to welcome to the team. Summer 2018 marks the start of Kelly's introduction to the Fish Tales environment but he's no stranger to the streams of Southern Alberta or Souteastern BC. 

More about Kelly: 

Name: Kelly Zamiski

How long have you been fishing? 1980

How long have you been fly fishing? 1990

How did you get started in fly fishing? In 1989, I accompanied my father on a seismic field inspection trip to Caroline, AB. We helicoptered into a small site to inspect some work that had been completed. The pilot landed and started to put together his fly rod to fish the small pothole lake in the area. We got talking about fly fishing, and fishing in general. I watched for 45 minutes as he casted to hungry little trout, and as the story goes, I was hooked!

Favorite species: Cutthroat, bones, rainbows

Favorite water: Tough one…. South Ram, Elk, Bow, many different lakes in the Kamloops area

Favorite technique: Dry fly fishing. Searching for pocket fish, and having to patience to wait out that riser that is a picky pants! Bobbing around in my tube with a cold one is pretty damn cool too!

Favorite flies: Can’t beat a nicely tied Elk Hair Caddis

Favorite fishing book or DVD: Blue Ribbon Bow by Jim McLennan (or any magazine that has pictures!)

Favorite Vise: Nor Vise

Favorite pattern to tie: Pumpkin Head, Cutthroat Candy

Most interesting (remote, distant, crowded, etc.) location you’ve fished: Yucatan Peninsula for bonefish

Your destination/species wishlist: Alaska for rainbows Bahamas for bonefish

Given the opportunity who would you choose to fish with? Or someone who has inspired you as an angler/tyer/teacher/guide:

1) My wife and kids.

2) My best buddy Don Heid. He is a true inspiration. He is currently battling that damn cancer thing and has not complained one bit through his journey. Always finds the bright side in people and in life.

 3) Phil Rowley – I truly appreciate how Phil teaches, and how he ties. I think I would learn a ton from Phil, and I think he would be great to have beer with!

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