About Me

My name is Spencer Cook, I am the owner of howdoyouflyfish.com as a part of my business Backcountry Fly Fishing. I am a fly fishing instructor and obviously an avid fly fisherman. I became a fly fishing addict in the summer of 2009. Prior to that I had only watched as a close friend of mine (a “dry fly fisherman”) hardly ever caught fish. There was no real incentive for me to try it because I was a very accomplished lure fisherman. However, when circumstances (read about that here) left me with no other alternative, I took the bull by the horns and have never looked back. Fly fishing has opened my eyes to so many new and wonderful things. I cannot imagine life without a fly rod in my hand. I have found out that introducing others to this sport and seeing them have success brings just as much joy as catching fish on my own.

A brown trout from Lower Fish Creek, Carbon County, UT.

A brown trout from Lower Fish Creek, Carbon County, UT.

This blog is dedicated to introducing new comers to the world of fly fishing and giving them the know-how to get started the right way. There is a large learning curve often associated with fly fishing. The content in this blog will teach you how I overcame this curve. I will show you effective methods to catch fish while assuring you have a solid foundation of knowledge to give you a jump start into the fly fishing world.

I typically post once a week. I am also very active on google+, facebook, twitter, pinterest, and other social media mediums. I want to encourage you to ask me questions and comment on my posts. I find it very fulfilling to help people find answers. I tend to be a very inquisitive person and that is how I have learned as much as I have in a relatively short period of time. You can email me at: flyfishscook@gmail.com.

Posts:

Here are a few good posts to check out to get you going with this blog.

Fly Fishing: What’s in it for me?

Foundations of Fly Fishing

Question & Answer

The Accidental Fly Fisherman

Everything You Need to Know

More About Me:

​I was born in Salt Lake City and grew up in southeastern Utah. I am 26 yrs old. Lucky for me I grew up in a family that appreciates the outdoors. Fishing has always been an activity we’ve done as a family. I am the second of seven kids (5 boys 2 girls) and we all fish. I have always had an insatiable need to be outside, and especially for fishing. In Jan 2009 I was lucky enough to marry a truly spectacular woman. The summer after we were married through some incredible experiences I picked up a fly rod for the first time. My wife Kristen has been extremely supportive and patient with my constant need to fish. She has been willing to learn right along with me and she truly keeps the fire burning. Not only does she support me, she out fishes me. Our son Van was born in August of 2011 and right from the get go Kristen has let me take him on fishing and camping adventures. His first camping trip was at three weeks old. We fish as a family and we love to spend time together. We currently live in Palmer, Alaska which fortunately for us is in the heart of the Mat-Su Valley. We have awesome salmon and trout fishing just a short distance from our awesome log cabin.  Kristen recently graduated with here Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She is currently a stay-at-home mom. We have our son Van and big news, one on the way!  We love to spend time outside. We love to travel to new places and old ones too. Fly fishing is not just a hobby for us it is our life style.

Family Pictures Fall 2012

Family Pictures Fall 2012

524185_116416601825640_1939873019_n

Van’s Fist Camping Trip (3 weeks old)

Kristen's Big Strawberry Reservoir Cutthroat Trout

Kristen’s Big Strawberry Reservoir Cutthroat Trout

Backpacking the Left Fork of Huntington Creek.

Backpacking the Left Fork of Huntington Creek.

Van and Kristen

Van and Kristen