Brian Chou

Years Fishing?


Years Guiding?


Who introduced you to fly fishing?

Traded guitar lessons in high school with a friend's dad for fly casting lessons.

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

Both small and large rivers that contain anadromous fish, where the more water you survey, the better chance you have in finding that shiny needle in a haystack. Learning where fish lie and creating the right presentation can make all the difference in eliciting a grab.

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

There's always something going on every month of the year, whether it be stalking carp and bass on the flats, dry lining summer steelhead in board shorts, or dredging for coastal chrome in freezing rain, I'm good with whatever, just thankful to live in a place where there's this many options!

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

I keep finding new ones every year, so I can't honestly say I have a favorite anymore. I suppose it would be somewhere I haven't been yet? Bucket...hmm...maybe a trip to the Alta with my closest friends and family.

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

Their attention to detail, the balance of feel and power, and that they have stayed the course established from the very beginning. For most of my home water fishing, although I prefer the use of two handed rods for their ability to efficiently cover water with little to no backcast room, I never forget to fish my feet first, oftentimes with some kind of topwater offering and the Spire 10' 6wt lined with an Airflo Streamer Float. For tight quarters on smaller rivers (< 1000 cfs), I prefer the 1267 paired with either a Nextcast Coastal F1 475 or Airflo Skagit Switch 480 for big fly work. For medium sized rivers (1000-3000 cfs) the 1307, paired with either a Nextcast Zone F1 525 for mid sized flies, or Airflo Compact Scandi 480 for small fly work, is one of the most versatile sticks of all time. For anything larger, I turn to the new pair of long range cannons in the 1477 and 1498. Paired with a Nextcast Fall Favorite 55 or SRO's Vector, these howitzers bring the ability to cover more water when a 9 weight just isn't necessary. For my saltwater sticks, both the 908 and 910 Solars are phenomenal rods with up close accuracy and backbone to turn the most stubborn of fish. For floating line work, I use Airflo's Tropical Punch, and for subsurface presentations, SA's Stream Express Clear Tip and Rio's Leviathan.

What's your current go-to fly?

Anything I have confidence in. Gifted flies have the highest priority, followed by my own random creations.

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

At least where I tend to wade, studs, bars or some kind of traction device on your wading boots. And of course, sunglasses or eye protection.

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

Quantifying in dollars the time they save by hiring someone else's time on the water and experience in the respective fishery.

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

A glimpse into what it takes to confidently pursue their target species, but more importantly, a respect for the free will of an animal in its environment. favorite thing? respect for the free will of an animal in its native environment, and to embrace the pursuit, not the result.

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

Ideal is anything healthy that helps me enjoy my time on the water better. It also happens to be what I actually pack. why wouldn't it be?

What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?

Magazines- Steelheader's Journal, Salmon & Steelhead Journal, The Drake, Fly Fish Journal

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

Spending time with my family and friends

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