Ben Pratscher - Fly Fishing Guide (Madison, WI)
What's a quote that inspires you?
"Many go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not the fish they are after"
~ Henry David Thoreau
In 5 sentences or less, what do you do in your current job?
I am a fly fishing guide and commercial fly tyer in Southeastern, WI. I take clients on wade trips in Lake Michigan tributaries in search of migratory salmon and trout, I also tie flies that I sell online to help people catch these beautiful fish. When off the river, I spend countless hours tying flies and researching for the next opportunity I have to wade in these peaceful rivers.
What's a common misconception or myth about what you do?
Being the best fisherman is not the most important part of guiding. The most important aspect of guiding is customer service. Since you can not control the conditions of the river or the bite, knowing how to provide clients with a great day even if you are not catching fish becomes very important.
What's your favorite part of your job?
Preparing for the next trip. I love everything from tying the files to the drive to the river.
What's your least favorite part of your job?
Not having enough hours in the day to fish.
What's one thing you would say to someone looking to take the same career path as you?If you have a passion for fishing and teaching, GO FOR IT!
What's your definition of success?
Doing the best you can do while being the best person you can be. I feel that it is very hard to define success, whether it is in life or a day on the water. For example, you could have a successful day out on the water without catching a single fish, but you could also have a successful day with catching fish. As long as you are always putting your best foot forward, that is what I think success is.
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