Fly Fisherman & Saltwater Guide

Jordan Simpson

From the first time that Jordan wet a line, he knew it was something that would become an obsession. Fishing shows on TV replaced the usual weekend cartoons, and outdoor magazines grossly out-numbered any comic books.

Pursuing his obsession and growing it into a passion, he's fortunately been able to turn it into a full-time gig. Working at Vancouver's store for the fishing enthusiast, Pacific Angler, days off are often spent exploring the local lakes, mountains, and rivers; or heading out on the salt in pursuit of salmon. He's pushed skiffs in Hawai'i for big bonefish, guided guests for Langara Fishing Lodge in B.C's famed Haida Gwaii, and recently decided to keep his talents local while guiding the waters surrounding Vancouver. From grey mullet in Spain to Florida snook and tarpon, Jordan's passion for all things fishing shows no signs of slowing down.

How long have you been fly fishing?

18 years

What’s your favorite type of fly fishing?

Sight-fishing: actually hunting and stalking fish and watching them track your fly is incredibly obsessing. Also watching them refuse it is frustrating and humbling.

Favorite holiday destination and why?

Simply for culture and hanging out, Barcelona, Spain. For fishing, either Hawai’i or Florida- both are very different, but also warmer than Vancouver!

Your favorite outdoor adventure story of all time?

Too many stories, but here’s a couple that stick out:

Fishing all over Oahu with my buddy Domi. From sight-fishing Peacock Bass and Red Devils on the fly, to hiking down rainforest trails along the old Pali highway to fish waterfall pools for smallmouth, or surfing at Barbers and finishing the day off by crushing all-you-can-eat sushi. Or going to a town full of cats and crushing thai food, followed by failed attempts to purposely get stung by fire ants. That’s definitely one that sticks out.

Another was my first steelhead on the fly that I got with fellow ambassador Zach Copland. After fluking out at Langara Island where over a period of a few years I landed two in the saltwater while mooching, it was a huge monkey off my back finally getting one to fall for the swung fly, especially considering the amazing backdrop in which it happened.

Okay, one more: every morning I wake up in the Haida Gwaii and get ready for a day of guiding. Honestly, that place is magic, and I owe a lot of gratitude to Bill Gibson who, years ago, took a chance on me and gave me the opportunity to clean boats and gut fish. In turn, I was awarded the opportunity to learn the fishery, and over the years, eventually, climb the ranks to guide. From chinooks over 40lbs to halibut that won’t fit in the boat, all the way to the life-long friends, Langara Island is one big adventure!

Favorite fishing memory?

Probably some of my first fish: First steelhead on the fly with Zach, first bonefish with Deano in Hawai’i along with peacock bass caught with Stan. Dock-lighting snook in Jupiter with Martin and Bobby, and discovering an amazing tarpon spot 5 mins from the house with Bobby again in Sugar Loaf Key. Or going on a boys trip with fellow lodge guides to Mexico where we hooked over 23 sailfish and landed 17.

Why do you love living where you live?

An hour and a half from our doorstep in either direction could put you on one of the best steelhead rivers in BC, or place you in the mountains that feature breath-taking views, insane wildlife, and opportunities to fish for salmon, trout, char, and steelhead. You can launch a boat and be dropping lines within 20 mins and fish for chinooks. Or grab some beers and fish from shore for sturgeon. Or, or, or…

Favorite food?

Prawns, crab, and salmon

Favorite movie?

The Adjustment Bureau- makes you think and wonder and Dances with Wolves

Favorite band or music style?

Too many, and my taste is skewed. I love old country, including old-style country. With so much ‘Bro’ country out there these days, it’s frustrating when people have no idea who the people are that inspired them.

Artists like Sam Outlaw and Whitney Rose are good examples of new old country.

But outside of that, it goes all the way from Steel Panther to Jewel. Also, Sahara Hotnights needs to make a comeback!

Must-have accessory when in the wild?

SPOT Gen-3 tracker, or something similar. Honestly, I think more people need to be safer out there. Even though we all dream of having the water to ourselves, it can turn bad quickly.

Favorite camping food?

Canned beans. Bush’s are the best

Where I call home?

Wherever the heart is

My motto?

A dream is a wish that the heart makes

Principles I live by?

If you have the ability to make a difference, you have the responsibility to make a difference

What’s on your bucket list?

Permit on the fly, probably. Or going to Chile and fishing for chinooks on the fly

Favorite Hook And Vice cap?

Camo Trucker – Bear

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