Fly Fisherman

Sean Chahley

I was born and raised in Kootenay, British Columbia and now live in the Okanagan. I’ve always been close enough to a body of water to feed my appetite for exploring and fishing. When I’m not on the water, I’m sitting at my vice, getting the fly box loaded up for my next trip. Tying flies is my major passion; I’m so thankful to have discovered the art as a kid.

How long have you been fly fishing?

I’ve been fishing since I was six or 7 seven years old; I first started fly fishing about ten years ago.

What’s your favorite type of fly fishing?

Definitely dry fly fishing during the massive Caddis hatch on the Columbia River!

Favorite holiday destination and why?

Whatshan Lake, BC. It’s not tropical or very far away, but it’s one of the only places in the world I’ve ever felt truly relaxed. Also, the lake is surrounded by some amazing fishing holes!

Favorite fishing memory?

My favorite fishing memory is when three good buddies and I did a four-night backcountry trip – no cell phones allowed. We hit about six lakes in five days and fished the base of the Rocky Mountains while turtles followed our belly boats. I will never forget that trip!

Why do you love living where you live?

I’m only a few hours away from numerus bodies of water that offer different types of fishing at different times of the year. How could you not love that? I’m never bored!

Favorite food?

Definitely Pizza. I’m a Hawaiian Pizza lover!

Favorite movie?

Interstellar. I’ve seen it a bunch of times and can never truly wrap my mind around it!

Favorite band or music style?

I’m an avid acoustic guitar player and lover of most music. This question is impossible to answer!

Must have accessory when in the wild?

My Leatherman. Or, maybe a lighter. You never know what might happen…

Favorite camping food?

A good, old-fashioned hot dog over the fire!

Where I call home?

Kelowna, British Columbia.

My motto?

If it is to be, it is up to me. If you want to do something, find the time to do it. If you want to be something, figure out how to be it. No excuses!

Principles I live by?

I try to give as much as I can to the people around me while doing my best to expect nothing in return. I try to work my hardest and love my fullest. My family means the world to me, and my wife means even more.

What’s on your bucket list?

Tarpon fishing in the Keys. Not Baby Tarpon…I’m talking about a 2-hour battle on a fly line with a silver giant!

Favorite Hook And Vice cap?

The Traditional Cap – Bear. Every one of my fish in 2018 were caught while I wore this cap. It’s definitely lucky!

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