Scott Donaghe 20 Questions

  1. Most memorable fishing experience? Jumping and landing a 100+ pound Tarpon on literally the last cast on a trip to Belize.
  2. Favorite Willy J Gear? Currently the Exodus pack as it allows me to carry a camera, a few lenses and enough fly gear to make it through the day. Still waiting for a photographer-specific pack from WJ!
  3. Favorite fishing trip? Yearly trips to fish with Corey Kruitbosch somewhere around SLC, Belize Tarpon and anywhere in Baja.
  4. Favorite fly? Currently the Fat Albert in the freshwater and the Surfin Merkin for Corbina in the SoCal surf.
  5. Scariest experience fishing? Towing a 26′ boat for 16+ hours on Baja Highway 1 dodging oncoming trailer trucks, drunk locals and wildlife – all while keeping the trailers right wheels on the white line next to a 5 foot drop off. Puckered…
  6. Favorite fish to chase? California Corbina, Tarpon and just about anything that will eat a fly!
  7. What’s your favorite type of fly fishing? Still water, river, etc.Surf, blue water and rivers.
  8. Favorite time of year to fish? Spring and summer
  9. Favorite music to listen to on a fishing day? Reggae, Neil Young, Pogues, Dropkick Murphy’s. It just depends on the company.
  10. Who introduced you to fishing? I was introduced to fly fishing by my father on a trip to Yellowstone when I was 12 or so.
  11. What’s your favorite rod to use all around? 6-weight Sage Xi2 for Corbina and streamer fishing, 5-weight Sage Z-Axis for all around creeks and rivers, Sage Xi3 12-weights for Tarpon in Belize.
  12. Who is your fishing hero? My fishing hero is still my dad. Even though he doesn’t get to fish a lot anymore, he usually out fishes me and another day on the water with him is priceless!
  13. Describe yourself using 1 word. Mellow
  14. What style of Fishing do you have the most expertise? Saltwater. Beaches and blue water.
  15. If you could do or be anything in the world, what would it be?  I would love to be the guy that found the cure for cancer. But once I cured cancer I would spend the rest of my life traveling, fishing and shooting images.
  16. What would you do if you won a million dollars? Invest wisely (after buying a boat), work on an early retirement plan so that I can travel and fish more!
  17. What’s the most important thing to you in your life right now?  My wife and children and the rest of my immediate family.
  18. Hobbies & Interests? (besides fishing) I am currently way to involved in homebrewing. I just built a new brewery and medaled a few beers in homebrew competition at the San Diego County Fair.
  19. Describe a perfect day.. Sleep in. Have breakfast with the wife and kids. Catch the 10 AM hatch at the river, skiff to the Tarpon flats or panga to the Sea of Cortez. Fish until lunch and get some epic shots. Lunch waterside while telling fishing stories with my buddies. Back to slaying fish and great photos. Dinner and drinks waterside with the family and off to bed. Wake up and do it all again. The only thing that I would add is to bring my kids fishing with me when they have the attention span to fish most of the day! Perfect…
  20. What’s something people don’t generally know about you? Most people don’t know that I like to brew beer and have been doing it off and on for over 20 years. I am hoping to someday parlay this into a job at one of San Diego’s many craft breweries.