Jacob was selected as a one of our five top Costa Ambassadors for the Fall 2017 semester. Currently a junior at Gustavus Adolphus College, Jacob founded a 5Rivers club on his campus early in 2017. With over 30 active members now in the fly club located in Saint Peter, Minnesota; weekly meetings tend to consist of fly-tying to target brown, rainbow and brook trout along with other species in the local area. Besides fly tying, the Gustavus Fly Fishing Club did some other rad activities together this semester ranging from Cabela’s trips to a bamboo rod making tour.
Along with completing his 5Rivers objectives, Jacob planned the first ever Driftless Area Border Battle (D.A.B.B.) fishing tournament with UW-Platteville, Winona State, and UW- Stevens Point which are all recognized schools within the 5Rivers club program. With the generous support of sponsors and local fly shops providing prizes; this event was a success and allowed for a great time for all who attended. Through this multi college tournament occurring in Wisconsin and Minnesota these four schools raised over $700 for Boundary Waters Trust and the Driftless area restoration effort in the region along with giving back to Trout Unlimited. Planning is in the works for future battles.
Jacob, originally from Bloomington, Minnesota developed his passion for fly fishing early on at the age of 10 from his father, but really became involved within the sport while attending college. Realizing that there was a niche for a fly club on campus, Jacob ran with the idea of starting a club to expand the fly fishing opportunities to the 2200 undergraduate students at Gustavus Adolphus College. Majoring in Environmental Studies and Minoring in Geographical Information Systems, Jacob enjoys his free time outdoors hiking, camping, spending time outside with family and friends and of course fly fishing.
What is your plan after college?
After college the plan is to take a couple years off to gain experience in the field then apply to Environmental or Energy Law School. (Jacob Larson)
What is Favorite memory fishing? First fish you caught on the fly rod?
My first fish I caught on a fly rod was a Bluegill. My favorite fishing memory was in the Boundary Waters where one night we drifted in our canoe along a rock surface and caught walleyes every pass though. The largest being about 6 pounds which I caught. (Jacob Larson)
TU 5Rivers would like to congratulate Jacob on a job well done. We are also looking forward to future Driftless Area Border Battles and what the spring semester has in store for his club!