Gary Okizaki has been a guide for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience and tall tails to his clients. He has been described as an accomplished nymph and streamer fisherman and recently expanded his skills to include European fishing (Czech and Polish nymphing) and Japanese style fishing (Tenkara). He has taught an Introductory Fly Fishing seminar to various front range fly shops and recently taught a guide workshop, in the Frying Pan Valley, on European Nymphing Techniques. A Denver native, he started fishing with his father at age six and has been fortunate to have fished and learned from some of the best fly fishermen and casters in the United States. In Czech and Polish
nymphing he brings the skills and knowledge taught to him in three days of fishing with Jay Buchner, the 2004 captain of the U.S. Fly Fishing team, on the Madson, Snake, Yellow Stone and Fire Hole Rivers. He was also fortunate to have fished with Vladi Trzebunia, father of Polish/Czech/ nymphing. Jack Dennis, noted author, fly tier and coach of the U.S Fly Fishing Team, shared streamer-fishing techniques with him and has become a friend. Tim Rajeff, one of America’s most accomplished casters, shared advanced casting techniques.
Gary is also a commercial fly tier and has demonstrated his tying skills for the West Denver Trout Unlimited Fly Tying Clinic, The Blue Quill Angler, Orvis Store (Park Meadows and Charlie’s FlyBox. He also been a featured casting demonstrator and instructor for the Orvis owned stores in Colorado. His seminars include European Nymphing Techniques, Introduction to Fly Fishing, Leader Construction and Knot Tying.
Check out Gary’s signature fly patterns at YUMMYFLIES.com.
ESSENTIAL GEAR ESSENTIAL GEAR
Polarized sunglasses, Sun Screen, Bug Spray, Respect for nature, Fishing Etiquette, & Knowledge to share.
ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FISHING STYLE
Patient and relaxed trusting my knowledge.
Cuba to fish for the grand slam, Bone Fish, Tarpon and Permit.
TOP 5 CONFIDENCE FLIEs
Midge Pupa, Black Fly Larva, Scud, Bi-Color Ant, & Articulated Pheasant Tail.
CELEB YOU’D MOST LIKE TO GUIDE
Jennifer Lawrence, do I have to Explain?
WHEN NOT FISHING
I like to golf and travel.
FAVORITE STREAMSIDE SNACK
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches and Trail Mix spiked with Hot Tamales!
THING YOU TELL YOURSELF WHEN THE FISH AREN’T EATING
Enjoy the surroundings and the beauty of nature.
FAVORITE SUGGESTION FOR CLIENTS
Experience is the best teacher and modeling is the best experience. By modeling and encouraging in a positive manner, I hopefully will teach or reinforce new techniques to both beginners and advance clients.
TRIP GOALS TRIP GOALS
Good camaraderie and sharing many fly fishing skills and techniques.