I have grown up a Colorado native, which has led to some of my earliest memories being filled with exploration and adventure. With access to mountains, rivers, and lakes, my family was constantly busy wandering around our public lands. I picked up a spin rod at an extremely early age. I found myself playing soccer, baseball, and biking at the time, but nothing could compare to fishing. I was immediately obsessed, I made sure that every family outing had an opportunity or two for fishing. I constantly ventured to local creeks with a handline after school just to feel a tug. My passion for fishing continued as I got older, but it slowly dwindled until a friend introduced me to fly fishing on a camping trip in high school. I haven’t looked back since then.
I am currently a sophomore at the University of Colorado in Boulder. I am studying business, and I hope to start my own business with a focus on sustainability once I graduate. I have Trout Unlimited and fly fishing to thank for my goals. If I hadn’t joined the fly fishing club at CU, I do not think that I would be as passionate about sustainability.
The fly fishing community at CU is very connected and aware. It is not difficult for everyone to get behind a common goal and make a difference, which is incredible. This year, I saw a lot of beginners to fly fishing gain a new perspective on conservation and sustainability. Seeing this has driven me to become more involved within the club. I currently represent the CU club at TU chapter board meetings, and I am planning on taking over the CU club as president once school starts back up this fall.
Once I heard about the Odyssey, I knew that this was the trip for me. Alaska is a mecca for anglers across the world. That being said, development could harm the last frontier. It is necessary to share the reality of these threats to the greater fly fishing community. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity, I am incredibly eager to embark on this journey.
- Anthony Ortiz