Inside the Mind – C.G. Sipe WCA Destination Travel Trip Host:
WorldCast Anglers Destination Travel Manager, Chris Littauer, sits down with C.G. Sipe for a peek inside the mind of a WorldCast Anglers Destination Travel Trip Host. C.G. shares his passion for travel, his favorite fish to eat a fly and where he would go if the world was ending tomorrow!
CL: “What WCA Destination Travel locations have you fished and which destinations are your currently hosting trips to?”
CS: “I’ve fished Chile – Nomads of the Sea, Mongolia on the Onon River, Mexico and Guyana. I am currently hosting two trips to La Pescadora, Mexico.”
CL: “I know this is a tough question to answer, but what is your favorite specie of fish to pursue on the fly? Why?”
CS: “Permit. I enjoy the entire challenge. Finding the fish, getting a good cast to the fish, getting the fish to see and follow your fly. Hopefully getting it to eat the fly and getting a decent hook set, and then fighting the fish. Everything can be done perfect and you may still not get the fish to eat. “
CL: “You live in one of the trout fishing meccas of the world. Some people would think it’s crazy to leave this paradise and chase fish across the globe. Why do you do it?”
CS: “I love traveling to new areas and learning about their fisheries, cultures and history. Guides in every destination are different, and handle their guests and fisheries differently. I find this helps me be better in my role as Head of Outfitting at WorldCast Anglers by getting to experience guides and lodges in different areas.”
CL: “What is your favorite memory or story from a destination travel fishing trip?”
CS: “While fishing with my good friend Fabian Mendez (Head guide for Nomads) in Chile, we took a look at a map and found a lake that they had not fished yet. It looked to have an inflow and outflow, so we figured it held fish. We asked the helicopter to take us there the next day, threw the raft and ourselves out of it while it hovered 2 feet of the shallowest edge. We set-up the raft to see if we could catch some trout. We traded off rowing and were pleased to find a decent amount of large healthy trout. To be able to fish a lake that has no access except by air and that most likely has never had a line thrown in it, is a true treat for any angler.”
CL: “What is the number one piece of advice you would give someone who is just getting into destination travel fishing?”
CS: “Make sure that you understand what you are getting involved with. Every destination offers specific angling opportunities. Keep your expectations in line. Just because you have had 50 trout days in the South Fork Canyon does not mean that you will land a permit in 6 days of fishing. That is why I believe our hosting platform is so helpful. The host can you navigate through all the potential unknowns and give you a review of their experiences. They can help get you properly ready in terms of gear and the logistics at the lodge. Using a trip that has a host can be a tremendous advantage to any angler traveling to a new destination.”
CL: “The world ends in two weeks and you have one final destination to fish before you die. Where do you go?”
CS: “I’d go back to Guyana.”
An experienced destination travel trip host is a key and crucial element of making your destination travel experience a success. The WCA destination travel hosts come from within WorldCast Anglers. They are experienced in a multitude of different fishing environments and locations. They measure success on identifying your fly fishing needs and preferences and meeting or exceeding your expectations. Their professional is a product of training, education and experience. Simply put, we don’t offer every location in the world, only the ones that meet our standards!
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