Scott Voyles was born and raised just up the pass from Angler’s Covey in Woodland Park. By the time he was eight years old, he was tying flies and learning the art of fly fishing from his dad who was “always chucking dries. He was obsessed with it.” Two powerful forces at work – nature and nurture – are at the heart of Scott’s passion for fly fishing.
Scott is one of Angler’s sale associates working the floor of the shop, and you hear his enthusiasm for his work when you spend a little time with him. He loves the fact that Angler’s Covey is a family-owned business. “I want our customers and clients to feel that they’re part of this, too. It’s about giving them a great experience in fly fishing.”
As a native of Colorado, Scott is eager to share his experience with those seeking the adventure of fly fishing. “I like all the different opportunities – rivers, streams, and lakes – that Colorado has.” Streamer fishing, dry fly, stillwater – all of it has Scott’s attention. His passion “right now,” though, is high country lakes and fishing beaver ponds for those brightly colored brookies.
At the end of July, Scott will be guiding some corporate trips and he hopes that his clients will come away with a great learning experience and have some laughs while enjoying all that fly fishing has to offer. “It’s to escape from the day-to-day. Being out on a river is about having a good time.” It’s great to fish with others so you can share the excitement of each other catching fish. “It’s an adrenaline rush for me every time – even if they’re small fish!”
From tying up his own flies to reading unfamiliar waters, Scott sees the whole sport as art and being “attentive to what’s going on around you” – the river, the surroundings. It’s all meditative. “This is my way of getting to my roots.”
Scott’s going to head up to Taylor Park over the 4th of July holiday. It brings him back to those roots where he spent plenty of days fishing with his dad. It’s a “sentimental place for me. I feel at home.”
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