Trout Bum 2 keeps its local hook
Self-described outdoors people Chad and Marjory Jaques recently turned a lifelong passion into a year-round profession by acquiring Trout Bum 2, LLC, a one-stop shop flyfishing outfitter based in Park City.
Inside, an entire wall is dedicated to a rainbow of feather-like flyfishing lures, while a table in the back displays more than a dozen long fishing rods. One corner is dedicated to shelves of books on fishing and instructional videotapes, while another corner displays felt-bottomed boots and waterproof waders with neoprene-boot bottoms, next to jackets and hats stamped with the company logo.
At any one time, the store stocks 4,000 to 5,000 flyfishing specific items, Chad says, which is likely many times the amount of fishing gear available at most other sports shops in the area.
"You name it, we’ve got it, and if we don’t have it, then we can get it," he quips.
The Jaques are the third proprietors of Trout Bum 2, which opened its doors in 1999. They bought the shop early December, 2005.
While they increasingly see Salt Lake residents making a trek to their store for specialty items, they are focused on keeping maintaining their local base, and continue to employ the same river guides that have been with the company for years.
For nearly 20 years, during the winter months, Chad has worked as Park City Mountain Resort’s snow safety director, and for the last 17 years, in the warmer seasons, he has helped to guide fishing trips on the Green River.
Chad can remember when he first fell in love with flyfishing. When he was just five years old, he caught a silver salmon on a trip to Alaska with his family. From that moment on, he was "hooked," he says. Though he owns a store now, he continues to guide. Wednesday morning, Chad took a couple for a day trip.
Apart from daytrips to rivers including the Provo River and the Weber River, Trout Bum 2, schedules two destination trips a year one to Alaska in September and another to British Columbia in October, to catch the rainbow trout on their way to freshwater from the ocean.
The outfitter also conducts flyfishing clinics, featuring all-women classes, as well as technique-specific classes.
Trout Bum 2 trips are available year round. According to Marjory, there are times when customers will ski in the morning and schedule fishing for the afternoon.
"People can basically come in their shorts, and we can give them all the gear they will need for a trip including sandwiches, if they’re going to have lunch," she says. "
Chad introduced his wife Marjory, a wildlands firefighter for the National Forest Service and a former PCMR ski patroller, to the sport in 1992, she says.
The pair find fly fishing to be an escape from the day-to-day stress of their jobs.
"Everyone’s out there for the same reason to get away from the hustle and bustle and the traffic of everyday life" Chad explains, adding that his daughter Emily, who is nearly three years old, has already been on fishing trips and that he expects to take his son Eric, three months old, on a trip soon.
"It’s been said that there are no ugly trout and no trout stream is the same. Fly fishing takes you to new places," he explains. "They say each year, one-half of the American population fishes at least once … It’s hobby you can keep for a lifetime. Just when you think you know it all, you’re sadly mistaken."
Trout Bum 2’s store is located at 4343 North Highway 224, Suite 101. For more information, call (435) 658-1166, toll free at (877) 878-2862 or visit http://www.troutbum2.com. Trout Bum 2 is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
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