Collin Carlson Biography


Business Name: Finpusher
Number of days fished last year: 150+
Favorite fishing location: Where the fish are biting and the people aren’t.
Favorite fly and why: Hard to choose…Overall, you can’t beat a Joes Hopper. I guess because you can drop just about anything off the back of him, he is easy to see with that big chute on top, and he rides low, which makes for a nice girthy profile that fish can see on either side of my drift lane (this turns alot of lookers into takers). Mainly though it’s because nothing gets me going like the sound a big Cutthroat makes slowly slurping one down. Gotta let the nose dip before you strip it in deep though. I lost several my rookie season jumping the gun or maybe it was because I kept leaving my medication home?
What Willy J products do you wear: How much time do you have? Let’s start from the ground up.: Ok, W20 boots, size 12, Dry-Namic waders, or pants depending on location. It seems like lately I have been in the Exodus pack quite a bit because I tend to bring the sink. I also rock the Mag-Series, Current for small streams and as a secondary on long trips. But my go to bag would have to be the Old School Satchel. It accommodates my standard load of 5 boxes, two lenses, 3 beers, lunch, and a rain jacket as well as the rest of my streamside accoutrement. Nippers, hemostats, flask, mosquito annoyer (they work!), a rain jacket, and I pack it all in a Willy J Wader Bag.
What one item would you never head to the river without: Sun glasses.
Favorite music to take along: I have a few million songs downloaded to my “head drive” that I pull up and whistle while I cast to risers. But more often than not I just listen to the local soundtrack.
Your most memorable day fishing: A good freind and I were lucky enough to be first on the water opening day at a local stream which had been closed for the previous 15 years. We fished for an hour catching only fingerlings and just as we began to grow frustrated I saw a mighty wake! We put our special opps game faces on and army crawled the grassy meadow tossing hoppers at three to seven pound cutts and rainbows until the sun dipped. Those images remain vivid in my mind. Now fifteen years later it is still one of my top five days on the water.
Facts (fishing or non-fishing): 95% of all food is made from corn. I know it’s random but I thought you should know.
Catch you’re most proud of: When I was 11 years old I caught a pheasant with my bare hands. I was pretty impressed with myself.
Other hobbies: Skiing, photography (still and motion), moto (street and dirt), hunting (mainly wing shooting), writing, reloading, tying flies, painting, and I made half of my half acre lot a garden because I love to cultivate.