On the Fly: Top-flight anglers
On the Fly
I try to fish with Brandon Soucie and Molly Eyler on a regular basis, and now the rest of Colorado and the world knows why.
Taylor Creek guides know their business, and it was quite clear to the spectators and competitors at the GoPro 2013 Summer Mountain Games held in Vail this past weekend.
Brandon is an eerily fishy young man; perhaps growing up right here in Basalt has something to do with it. He is simply a trout vacuum and is booked far, far in advance during peak seasons. Brandon handily won the games, again, and the runners-up are no slouches. Brandon is the first fishing competitor to win the prestigious gold medal multiple times.
Molly is a Southern transplant whom we snatched up for our selective guide roster as soon as we realized how curious and natural she was on the water. Her lemon bars and cookies are legendary and always on hand during a day of river exploration. Molly snatched fourth place overall and finished as the top women’s competitor.
Both of these talents are in their 20s, do what they love for a living and have made the Roaring Fork Valley proud.
These games consist of nerve-racking contests of casting accuracy and distance as well as biggest fish and a two-fly contest. Molly and Brandon were awarded the top spots for men and women and pulled it off in front of hundreds of spectators.
Anglers such as these share a few common traits, the most important being an intuitional art that all top-flight anglers possess. These folks know when to set the hook, pure and simple.
When Brandon was asked how long he had been practicing on the Eagle River prior to the competition, he simply replied, “I just got here today.” Molly is purely excited about making fly-fishing a “perfectly suitable life’s pursuit.”
Despite what people say, perhaps youth isn’t entirely wasted on the young. We who live to fish have a different set of priorities, and these two have it all figured out, as far as I’m concerned.
Not wasting any time basking in their glory, both Molly and Brandon were back on the river the following day, “working” the river with their clients.
Both Molly and Brandon have made the Roaring Fork Valley very proud with their recent winnings. Congratulations!
“On the Fly” is provided weekly by the staff at Taylor Creek Fly Shop in Basalt.
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