Fly Fisherman

Rochelle Helstrom

In 2019, I attended my first Fly Fishing competition with the Carihi team. With a great deal of effort and dedication, I am first female youth fly Fisher to place bronze in the Canadian Youth National Fly Fishing Championship, and I am now part of the Canadian Youth National Fly Fishing Team!

How long have you been fly fishing?

My first time fly fishing was in the first fly fishing class held at Carihi Secondary school in 2017. I fell in love with it and have been fly fishing ever since.

Favorite holiday destination and why?

My favorite holiday destination is my new home in British Columbia. When I lived in Saskatchewan, my family would make road trips in the summer to BC to visit my grandma. BC has always been my vacation spot so I feel very grateful now that I get to call it home.

Favourite fishing memory?

My favourite fishing memory is from my first competition in Maple Ridge, BC. I had a couple minutes left on my second last beat and got a fish on. While I struggled to get the jumping fish into my net, I slipping on algae covered rocks and fell into the river. My life jacket inflated and I got water in my waders but, I still managed to score the fish!

Why do you love living where you live?

Being from Saskatchewan, living in BC feels like a dream. I feel astounded at the fact that when I wake up in the morning and get to take a ferry just to go to school. Saskatchewan has pretty aspects but BC is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to. Being surrounded by the ocean and mountains brings a sense of calmness to my life. I’ve never felt more at home then on the water or in the forest. I’ve definitely found my home.

Favourite camp food?

Definitely s’mores.

My moto?

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift.”

This quote allows me to stop over thinking for a minute and focus on how you can not change the past but only learn from it, so there’s no point in regret. No one knows what’s going to happen tomorrow, something might happen that will completely relieve your worries or life might send you on a different route. It also allows me to realize how lucky I am and how amazing today is. I have family who loves me, I have a roof over my head at night, I am healthy. Life is crazy and unpredictable, therefore there is no point in trying to control it, so all you can do is enjoy the ride.

Principals to live by?

1. Be grateful and appreciate what you have.
2. Live your life to the fullest and do things that make you happy.
3. Try not to over think or stress too much.
4. Love yourself, your family and others

What’s on your bucket list?

•Travel a lot and learn about different cultures.
•Conserve the environment while traveling.
•Scuba dive around the world.

 Favorite Hook And Vice cap?

My favorite is the Sunset Bear.

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