Nick Verlaan

Nick joined the Fish Tales team in 2016. He is a young guy with an old soul and has been dubbed "Old Man Nick" by his workmates. His calm demeanor and welcoming approach is appreciated by all those who get to know him.

Nick's recent weakness has been his pursuit of steelhead. B.C.'s North continues to beckon his return and he visits the region a couple times per year.

More about Nick....

How long have you been fishing? Since I was about 7 years old

How long have you been fly fishing? Since I was about 7 years old

How did you get started in fly fishing? Watching people fishing on the Elk River when I was younger.

Favorite species? Steelhead

Favorite water? Freestone streams & any water that holds anadromous fish!

Favorite technique? Swinging flies on a spey rod

Favorite flies? Classic Steelhead flies, Composite Loop flies

Favorite fishing book or DVD "A Passion for Steelhead" - Dec Hogan,  "Eastern Rises" 

Favorite Vise (as in the tool.) Renzetti Traveler

Favorite pattern to tie? Winters Hope

Most interesting (remote, distant, crowded, etc.) location you’ve fished. A small headwaters stream we were flown in to by bush plane

Your destination/species wishlist:

  • Chinooks - Dean River
  • Big Bonefish - Cook Islands
  • Big Rainbows - Alaska

Given the opportunity who would you choose to fish with? Or someone who has inspired you as an angler/tyer/teacher/guide. I would love to have the opportunity to fish Steelhead on a dry line with Bill McMillan


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