Casey Rolig

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

My addiction began in my late teens. My two best friends were influenced by one of their fathers, and of course I wanted to join in on the fun. I would have never started fly fishing with them if I hadn't found my grandfathers old rod in our cottage's outhouse/shed. I was digging around for tools when I came across an Eagle Claw #7 fiberglass rod matched with a Pflueger Medalist reel. The line was cracked and worn and my home made leader of straight 8 lb mono did the trick my first few outings. I landed many fish using that before I knew better to move on to a more modern and practical outfit.

What do you like to fish now? Explain How?

Before moving to San Francisco from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan I spent most of my time fishing for trout. Mostly native brook trout within a few minutes of my house to browns and rainbows across the UP. I tried my luck at steelheading one season before finally landing some great lakes chrome in 2008. Now I spend my time fishing for just about anything as long as I'm out with rod in hand, yet trout are still my go to species to fish for.

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

Currently, my fantasy trip is a week straight fishing my home waters in the UP.

Gear. What is your next purchase and why?

My next purchase... probably some tippet and meaty flies. Big ticket items include a Red Truck Premium 5/6 reel, a six weight, and a light trout rod choosing between a Scott G2 or Leland Sonoma Traveler.

What’s your favorite San Francisco spot? Why?

Non fishing related favorite San Francisco spot combines a few things and places. 21st Amendment Brewery beer, Nicks Crispy Tacos, and enjoying both on Baker Beach.

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

Back in the day, when I use to own a car the go to road tunes would be Tom Petty, the Wildflowers album especially in the woods, in a jeep, rods rigged up getting knocked about.

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

My ultimate fly fishing rig includes 4 wheels and a motor, if we're pushing it, make it a 4WD