12, 1990, changed my life. Dressed in neoprene waders and a fishing vest
loaded with flies, I accompanied two anglers on the frigid waters of the
Frying Pan River in Colorado and provided them the opportunity to catch
trout on a fly rod, and I got paid! So began this magnificent odyssey of
fulfilling my dream as a fly fishing guide. Over twenty years later the
passion still flows through my veins with a vigor that is relentless and
innovative. My heart thumps when a client hooks into a fish, and “set, set, set, set”
will always be part of my vocabulary. Fly fishing is my life and guiding
is my career. Each day I look forward to going to work, seeing old
friends, and creating new memories. I look forward to seeing you out on the water!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
2014 Fishing and Product News
My latest book, "Where A Trout Calls Home” is now available at selected fly shops throughout California as well as on Amazon. The children’s book is also available in e-book form on both I-Books and Kindle.
This past year I added a new boat to my guiding fleet, trading in my Hyde drift boat for a bigger, more comfortable 17ft. Pavati Legacy drift boat. With padded knee braces, comfortable high back chairs with arm rest, and side doors to get in and out, I am planning ahead for the golden years for me and my clients.
Guiding 260 days a year would not be possible with out the support from equipment sponsors, Simms Fishing Products, Loomis Fly Rods, Abel Fly Reels, Air Flo Lines, Seaguar Leader Material, and Oakley Glasses help my clients and I catch more fish and look good doing it.
FISH TALES 2013:
Looking back on the past year I would say it was a very productive and informative. Starting with the California Delta, my clients and I saw an slight improvement on double digit fish and I personally caught my largest striper to date, a huge 35 to 40 lb. specimen that I managed to subdue last February, only to have it come off my 30 lb. boga grip after it pegged it to the very bottom of the scale, and then descend back into the murky water without so much as picture of a goodbye. In 2013 we targeted stripers 212 days landing 2676 fish over 18 inches for an overall 13 fish a day average. We finished with 65 linesiders over 10 lbs. up from 2012 but still a long way from the glory years of big fish from 2003 to 2008.
Fish Hard, Captain Mike Costello
Below are some recent photos:
Mike is the Author of
Here is a list of stores that are carrying my books:
The Fly Shop
American Fly Fishing
Check Out These Short Videos:
I love to read, especially
books related to the outdoors and fly fishing, so I wanted to share some
my favorite books with my friends.
EXCITING NEW TOYS
I have had the pleasure of fishing the Loomis NRX 9 ft. 9 wt. prototype for the past year and my clients and I agree, it is one of the best fly rods ever designed.
20 % lighter and stronger than the GLX Cross Current, this rod has handled some huge linesiders over the last 12 months and its performance has been nothing short of perfect.
I am pleased to announce that the NRX is now available to the angling community from 3 wt. to 12 wt and should be on everyone's wish list.
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