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Catching Fish Bigger Than You Are On A Fly Rod

The speaker for our October meeting with be Will Kitsos, a former Bristol Bay fishing guide who now guides bill fishermen in the blue water off Costa Rica.

Will grew up in New England, where he was miraculously transformed into an amateur fishing guide as soon as he got his driver’s license. His friends would ask, "So, Will, where are WE going fishing this weekend?"

He worked at various jobs to support a self-taught addiction to fly fishing. He stumbled through casting lessons from a book, fortunately without an excessive number of unintentional piercings, and learned to fly fish -- before it was cool.

From his teens until 1977, Alaska was always in his plans, thanks to a buddy's dad who ventured by camper from Massachusetts to Alaska in '67 and proceeded to torture Will and Rick with stories and photographs of his adventure. Finally they ventured to Alaska and returned, a trip that stretched into four months. That's when Will decided he was going to be an Alaska fly fishing guide.

In the mid-‘80s, that dream became a reality. Will began guiding in the Iliamna area, specialiikng in the pursuit of trophy rainbows or 23 years. Then, 19 years ago, he ventured to Costa Rica with three other fish-a-holic friends for a winter break.

Each winter, the trips got longer and longer. Todd Staley, who had been booking trips for Will and his buddies, became the fishing manager at Crocodile Bay Resort. Will told

Todd, "Hey, if you need a hand for a while when the resort opens, I'll mow the lawn or do dishes in exchange for a trip." That led to an offer to fill in for “the fly fishing guy, which turned into the longest two weeks of his life.

Crocodile Bay resort is on Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast, with world-class catch-and-release fishing for sailfish, striped, blue and black marlin.

It’s been 18 years since Will learned how to catch billfish on the fly, and taught and guided newbies to their first or old hands to their latest sailfish or marlin on the fly.

So come and hear Will talk about catching fish bigger than you on the fly. The meeting begins at 7 p.m., Monday, October 3rd.

Alaska Fly Fishers 200 W 34th Ave, Suite 1233 Anchorage, AK 99503

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