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In fly fishing we often hear confusing slogans such as “Think like the fish” or “Be the fly.” The best advice might be “Think like a guide.” How often have we wondered what thoughts run through the minds of professional guides as they face the challenge of giving us a memorable day on the river?

The program explores the guide/client partnership with many helpful tips to prepare us for future outings.

Our February speaker, James Garrettson, a fresh young face on the speaker circuit, will share his approach to the many variables he faces on every guiding day. Weather, river flow, hatches and angler skill level all play a part in the intricate back story.

James’ home waters around Taos, New Mexico provide a stunning backdrop to this narrative and a reminder that this State has been overlooked in previous speaker programs. James is a keen advocate of the latest Euro nymphing techniques and an Ambassador the Fulling Mill Company. An accomplished fly tier, he will be tying flies before the meeting.

James is a full-time fishing guide and a part time astro-physicist (not really)! Originally from Northern Virginia, James started fly fishing at age 11 and never looked back. His unbridled enthusiasm for the sport landed him a job at Orvis before he could drive.

After bouncing around the East Coast, Montana, Costa Rica, and the Pacific Northwest, James has finally planted roots in Northern New Mexico.

When not spending quality time with his family or taking fishing tips from his 3-year-old daughter, James can be found on the vise or taking advantage of the Southwest’s myriad of fishing opportunities.

Apart from guiding, James enjoys writing, photography, competitive ribbon dancing, and speaking at shops and clubs near and far. Catching fish is also very much enjoyed.


About Trout is a Chama, New Mexico based guide service focused on creating a positive fishing experience for anglers of all skill sets. Whether you want to learn the fundamentals of fly fishing or explore new techniques like euro nymphing or loch style fishing, we are here to provide you with the highest levels of service and patient instruction. We offer half and full day guided trips on the Chama, San Juan, Conejos, Still waters, and a myriad of small streams. 

Here at About Trout we are committed to providing you with your best day on the water. Please contact me if you have any questions. Stay up to date on what we're up to by subscribing to our newsletter and be sure to check out the blog for product reviews and how to's. 

I look forward to sharing a memorable experience on the water with you. Lets go fishing!

- James Garrettson 
About Trout Owner/Guide


Church of the Foothills
6279 Foothill Road, Ventura, CA  93003


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Wednesday, MARCH 18, 2020

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