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Burke White

How you got started fly fishing? What were/are your strongest fly fishing Influences? What was your most memorable or first fly fishing experience?

I was blessed with a grandfather who was an avid fly angler. At the age of 4, I followed my grandfather about in the streams and lakes of California’s Sierra Nevada. In awe, I watched him cast flies to wary trout, and with my first trout on a fly, a life’s passion was born. My mentor gifted him with my very own fly rod at age seven and…the world has never been the same. Slowly, skills were honed and new waters were introduced: the Madison, the Yellowstone and Silver Creek. My fly fishing journey has since expanded to more exotic angling destinations. However, I've never forgotten the early years at my grandfather’s side casting flies for trout.

What do you like to fish now? Explain How?


My favorite fish to chase is the Pacific steelhead. There’s just something about this fish that is haunting…where it lives in the ocean, what it eats, why it grabs a swinging fly…I hope I never find out the answers to these questions. There’s no better way to chase a steelhead than on the swing. Elegant casts and smooth mends on broad rivers with traditional flies...yup. Every swing could be the one. When the tug finally comes, it’s always a surprise. Regardless of size, every wild steelhead is amazing to encounter.

What is your fantasy trip? What do you see in the future?

As a father of two young girls who already love to fish, I cannot wait for them to be old enough to join him on a true angling adventure. Whether in a drift boat on a trout river, or on the bow of a flats boat, it doesn’t matter to me. Sharing the sport of fly fishing and the sights and sounds that nature provides with my girls will be the ultimate.

Gear. What is your next purchase and why?

Always looking for something unique, I hope to acquire that “special” fly rod that cosmetically reminds me of the days on the water with my grandfather, but casts like a contemporary performance fly rod.

What’s your favorite San Francisco spot? Why?

Late summer on the San Francisco bay: At water level, the city’s sky line looks even more impressive. The Golden Gate Bridge stands guard as ocean-cooled fog snakes like thick waterfalls through the draws of the Marin Headlands. It’s a great sight.

What music do you listen to when you hop in the truck and go fly fishing?

Robert Earl Keen Jr., Pat Green, The Gourds, Wrinkle Neck Mules and Credence Clearwater Revival. Music from these artists and bands brings back good memories of road trips with friends, time on the water and laughs.

What’s your ultimate fly fishing travel rig? A lifted van? A Range Rover? An F-350? Why?

A Sportsmobile! Imagine a full-size, 4-wheel van with a 600 mile range, solar panels on the roof, a navigation system, all the amenities and enough fly gear to open a shop. It’s a mobile fly shop you can sleep in. Just need the “winning lotto” numbers and away we go!

Anything else we should know about you? School? Hometown? Other projects, interests, etc.?

I live in Marin, CA with my wife Linda, daughters Sophia and Siena, Yellow Lab named Jager Dog and a cat named Bella…which I like to describe as “my wife’s cat.”