|Walt Young photo|
In looking through the list of vendors I decided on Eric Stroup. I recognized his name, but I didn't know why. I sent him an email requesting this interview and then started my research. This is when the anxiety set in.
You see, it turns out that Eric Stroup is a giant in the world of fly fishing. He's worked almost his entire adult life as a commercial tyer, a fly shop owner, outfitter and guide. He has fly tying videos out on various outlets, he has two books out with a third on its way, has been published in all of the relevant magazines, and he gave a ton of seminars and demonstrations at the Expo. This was perhaps the most intimidating interview I have conducted- this guy knows his crap, and I had better not screw it up.
Eric is a tall guy with piercing blue eyes and a outdoorsman's beard that says everything from 1880's lumberjack to modern guide. It's a little jarring for me to hear him talk- he sounds a lot like me. Not his voice, but his word choice and phrasing, and in transcribing this interview and reading his book "River Pimp" I keep thinking "that's exactly what I would have said". In the brief exchange that we had I came to understand Eric as a serious person, a professional, and someone to be reckoned with in the world of fly fishing. Without further ado I give you Eric Stroup
Eric has given me a signed copy of his book "River Pimp" to give away to one of my readers. Be sure and fill out the form at the bottom of this post to enter to win it.
FR: So you’re located in Central Pennsylvania- what’s your sales pitch? Here in Michigan we have a great fishery, but I still always hear people say “Yeah, this is pretty good, but it’s not Colorado”, so how do you get people to fish in Central Pennsylvania?
|Eric demonstrates rod flex at the Expo|
I want to thank Eric for participating in this interview. I hope you enjoyed getting to know him a little better. If you want more information or to contact Eric about booking a trip, or to buy one of his books, visit his website-
or you can call (814) 632-6129
Eric has kindly given me a signed copy of his latest book "River Pimp" to give away to you, my readers. Just fill out the form below and I'll use the Random Number Generator to draw a winner next week. Entry deadline is Wednesday April 4 at midnight. I bought a copy and have been reading it and can say that it is thoroughly enjoyable, an inside look into the life of a guide and shop owner, but also a glimpse into the beauty and peace of the area where the Stroup's live and fish. It makes me want to go.