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David Dines

You know that old saying, “The best way to learn how to fly fish is to get a job copywriting for a fly fishing company...” Well, it's been something of my creed since I started here at Leland. Growing up in Colorado, I spent my formative years skiing, hunting and trekking through the Rocky Mountain wonderland. You might run into me improving my cast at the ponds when I'm not busy writing copy for the Leland website.

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 experience with fly fishing is exclusively dry fly fishing for trout in the Rocky Mountain high country. I can remember catching my first cutthroat as a young kid on a backpacking trip with my family. Now that I'm surrounded by some of the best fly fishermen in the business, I'm looking forward to my next trip back to the homeland with a newfound appreciation for the art of tight loops.

What do you like to fish now? Explain how.

In my book, it doesn't get much better than quail “fishing” with a “20 gauge” fly rod, but I'm eager to get up to the Sierras and get back in touch with my trout fishing heritage.

Gear. What is your next purchase and why?

I'm looking at a Red Truck Diesel 9ft 5wt setup, but those Loop Classic reels sure are purdy.

What’s your favorite San Francisco spot? Why?

I love the view from the Marin Headlands, but if we're talking in the city, it's probably the Vietnamese sandwich shop down the street from Leland.

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

When you're on the backroads, I don't think you can beat a little twang. My favorite album of all time is Pneumonia by Whiskeytown, but I dabble in bluegrass and will always love the country western greats.

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

A Land Rover Defender 130 V8. Or a helicopter.

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

Proud Banana Slug.