My name is Tanner Poeschel. I am an ordinary guy who loves fly fishing. Originally, I am from Fort Worth, Texas, but I have fly fished across the country. I started off bass fishing when I was a little kid and soon after turned into an avid fly fisher.
I still remember the day. It was July 5, 2004. My family was on our annual trip to Crested Butte, Colorado for July 4th. I have been very fortunate that my family has had a place in Crested Butte since the late 90's. My dad and I used to float the Gunnison River every summer with a friend who guides out of Almont Anglers on the Gunnison River. My dad and I would always spin fish since we had no previous background in fly fishing, and we did not have any of the gear or know how. However, Albert, our friend and guide, knew all about it. Half way through our day of fishing on the Gunnison River, we pulled off for lunch in a back eddy. Albert and my dad were talking, while the rising trout all around mesmerized me. Albert handed me a fly rod, and he briefly told me what to do. I looked at the fly (a size 10 Green Drake pattern) and I thought there was no way a hook that small could catch a decent sized trout. How ignorant I was back then!
I cast the fly out and let it float naturally. Thankfully, this back channel did not require a technical drift with a lot of mending. As I watched the fly, I saw a 16" brown trout come up and take the fly. Somehow, I managed to lightly hook set the brownie and get him to the boat. At that moment, I was hooked. I fly fished the entire rest of the day. Even though my dad caught more fish than me, I had the time of my life. From that moment on, the old bass fisherman was gone, and the Taylor River Trout Bum was born.