Rob Parkins

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Rob likes long walks on the beach, sunsets, fine wine and feels just as comfortable in a tux as Carharts…. S**t, wrong profile, but we can make it work. Yeah, he likes long walks on the beach – chasing blitzing stripers. Sunsets – of course, while waiting for a spinner fall on the Henry’s Fork. Fine wine – is that another word for coffee or beer? Tux or Carharts – Only if the tux is his Patagonia waders and SST jacket.

Rob’s obsession with fly fishing began in his early teens after discovering his late father’s fiberglass Phillipson fly rod and taking it out to the backyard and learning to cast. After years of catching tree limbs and blades of grass, and daydreaming of fish like those in the pages of Field & Stream he finally got someone to actually take him fishing on the water. And what did he catch? Tree limbs and grass!

After the school years, Rob worked nights so he could fish during the day. Exploring the Housatonic and Farmington rivers in Connecticut as well as the salty Long Island Sound were great, but Rob kept wondering – how can I make a living sharing the fun of catching fish on a fly rod? He started guiding part-time, then quit his job to guide full time, got kicked out of the house by his ex-wife, bought a new puppy, met a new, awesome and VERY understanding girl, took delivery of a new Clackacraft and dove into his new profession head first.

After years of guiding in the East on the Housatonic and Delaware rivers, going west to guide on the Missouri, managing a fly shop in CT and working as a manufacturers rep, the call of the West dragged him, his fiancé Pam, and his black Lab Shang to the Tetons and Westbank Anglers. In 2008, after 3 years as the general manager of one of the finest fly shops in the country, Rob has decided that his favorite place to be is rowing a boat as a full time guide and showing folks the great rivers of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem – the Snake River through Grand Teton National Park, the South Fork of the Snake in Idaho, the Green River, Flat Creek and numerous streams in Yellowstone National Park.

When not fishing or chasing Elk with his bow, Rob spends his time in Victor, Idaho designing flies for the Montana Fly Company and taking photos for slide show presentations and stock photography. He is a proud pro-staff member of the R.L. Winston Rod Co. and Hatch Outdoors.