Lance Wilt

Years Fishing?

28 

Years Guiding?

15

Who introduced you to fly fishing?

My first experiences on the stream occurred while I was still in a stroller, watching my father cast his rod on Big Fishing Creek- the stream I grew up on and live along today.  My first fish on a fly came a few years later while tagging along with my dad.  The rest is history.

Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there?

The countless streams that flow close to home in Central Pennsylvania are deeply rooted in fly fishing history.  While wild trout are a main attraction in the area, it should be noted that PA has more miles of moving water than any other state in the lower 48.  As a result, I can be catching wild brookies one day, stalking spring creek browns the next, and running my jet boat chasing musky the following. 

What's the height of the season for you? What time of year is your personal favorite?

I keep my calendar full by guiding in two hemispheres, enjoying the best of what each area has to offer.  Our fishing in Pennsylvania (by nature and regulation) offers great angling opportunities year-round.  My guiding experiences range from my home waters in PA to Arkansas Tailwaters to Southwestern Montana to Chilean Patagonia.  I chose to embrace the beauty and angling opportunities that each season presents.

What are your favorite travel destinations? What's on the bucket list?

I enjoy visiting the surrounding states and connecting with other guides to expand my experiences and knowledge.  I love visiting Wisconsin in the fall and want to spend some more time targeting the trout water in New England.  Iceland, New Zealand, Mongolia, and trying to catch a ferox trout (in the UK) are all on the bucket list. 

What do you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?

The science behind the rods coming from Thomas and Thomas is unrivaled.  You can feel the ‘nervous’ energy and excitement.  The Contact rods are part of my everyday trout arsenal in both PA and Patagonia.  The Exocett series covers all of my streamer and warm water needs.

What's your current go-to fly?

My go-to fly is the one you can always find on the end of my line. 

Other than fly tackle, what piece of gear do you find indispensable?

Polarized sunglasses are the most important piece of equipment that I use every day. The beauty of the sport are the visuals it provides.

My favorite thing about guiding is:

My favorite thing about guiding is creating an attachment between the angler and the environment that they are in.  Fishing (in this case) is the conduit to generate that attachment.  The challenge (competition) that I have with the fish adds to the level of satisfaction when I get to ‘fish’ through someone’s eyes and hands.

From the angler’s point of view, what do you see as the main value of going on a guided trip?

If you’re looking to increase your skill set, polish technique, develop future attributes or simply maximize your opportunities of having an enjoyable day on the water, there is no better investment than hiring a qualified guide.  A qualified guide injects all of these features into the guided experience.

What can new fisherman expect to get out of a guided trip? My favorite thing to teach a client is?

My favorite thing to teach a client is that fishing is like hunting, with the benefit of being able to release your prey unharmed, to live another day.  Additionally, I like to motivate anglers of all abilities to push themselves physically and mentally on the water.

What's your ideal lunch when on the water? What do you actually pack?

Who stops for lunch?

What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?

While I don’t actively ‘subscribe’ to any of the major angling periodicals/blogs, I enjoy having phone conversations and interactions with a core group of friends/industry professionals to keep my knowledge base constantly expanding.

When I'm not fishing you'll find me:

When I’m not guiding I am fishing.