Beckie Clarke owns Fernie Fly Fishing and has been a fixture in the local fly fishing community in British Columbia for over a decade. She joined the Winston Pro Advisory team as a freshwater specialist in 2013. A formidable angler and dedicated conservationist, she shares the story of Fernie Fly Fishing and the special challenges of targeting bull trout.
You’ve quickly established yourself as one of the top female anglers in a sport and industry that has been typically dominated by men. How did you first get involved in the sport?
I was fortunate enough to grow up in British Columbia where adventure and the outdoors seem to be engrained within the lifestyle of most families. It engulfed ours that’s for sure and from a young age fishing was always part of that equation. My grandfather was the fly fisherman of the family and I adored him. I would like to think I inherited all his skill . The first time I dedicated any attention to learning to cast a fly rod was with his old gear. I was inspired at a young age with a keen sense of adventure so a life and career in the outdoors seemed inevitable. My original quest as a kid of becoming a mountain guide evolved into a fly fishing guide; that’s where it all seemed to fit.
What is the current film about?
“Our Two Hands” is an investigation into our society’s complex and intimate relationship with fly fishing for Salmonids. How did we arrive at this crossroads of conservation and sportsmanship and what are the creative alternatives to the currently flawed management practices for Salmon and Steelhead?
Q: You’re well known as a two-handed specialist. What is it about that particular discipline of fly fishing that attracted you?
TL: I was first drawn to Spey fishing when I lived and guided in the Great Lakes region, back in the mid-nineties. Swinging a fly with a two-hander just had a feel that was unmistakably soulful. Ultimately, two-handed fishing is what made me move to the Deschutes. I wanted to immerse myself in the sport on a river that screams for Spey rods.
From a fishing perspective the benefits of a long rod are huge. You can cover endless water, make long casts in the tightest of spots and most importantly, you have total control of your presentation. Plus, Spey casting is really fun! Nothing in our sport measures up to uncorking a long, perfect Spey cast and hooking a raging steelhead. (Well… Tarpon are right up there)
Winston is a proud sponsor of the upcoming film, “Our Two Hands” by filmmaker and Winston Pro Staff member, Asher Koles, and has donated a new Winston Boron III TH 13′ 3″ 7-weight rod to help raise additional funds for the film.
Today, Winston Rod Company proudly announces the second installment of its new 10-episode online HD fly casting instructional video series, “One on One with Joan Wulff”. This second collection of more advanced HD instructional videos is available for viewing immediately at winstonrods.com. The next five titles include: False Casting, Drift, Double Hauling, Shooting the Line and Mastering the Wind.
Today, the R.L. Winston Rod Company in Twin Bridges, Montana, leading manufacturer of the world’s top handcrafted fly rods utilizing its Boron III technology, announced the names of two exceptional fly fishing operations which have been selected as WINSTON PREFERRED LODGES®.
Today, the R.L. Winston Rod Company in Twin Bridges, Montana, leading manufacturer of the world’s top handcrafted fly rods utilizing its Boron III technology, announced the names of the inaugural premium fly fishing lodges invited to be WINSTON PREFERRED LODGES®.
We are thrilled to announce that Jeff Currier has joined the Winston Prostaff Advisory Team. Jeff brings to the Winston team over 40 years of fly fishing experience, fishing adventures in over 45 countries on six continents, and an approachability making him one of the most sought-after speakers in the fly fishing industry.
Lights, Camera, Winston Action Now On Vimeo and YouTube
Winston has expanded its social reach with Vimeo (hotlink) and YouTube (hotlink). These channels provide viewers with a sampling of the many high definition films available on the Winstonrods.com website, highlighting all the new rods, the products, and fly fishing adventures from around the world. If you have not already, we encourage you to stop by and watch our company and product videos, as well as share in our travels and adventures, all in high definition!
Beckie Clarke has always lived a life of adventure. Even as a young child, it was clear that the outdoors would serve, not just as her career, but her home. Beckie is passionate about living a healthy life and sharing the fly fishing lifestyle with family, friends and her clients. Her commitment to conservation and education is unmatched.