My name is Jason Rieke and I am a 23 year old Minnesota native currently living and working in Colorado. Fly fishing brought me to Colorado May 11, 2018 when I had the opportunity to spend the summer living in Estes Park and working as a fly fishing guide with Sasquatch Fly Fishing. I currently live in Fraser and work as a ski instructor at Winter Park Resort.
During my freshman year of college at Winona State University I fell in love with exploring the local spring creeks around town with spin gear and on January 3, 2015 I landed my first trout on the fly. In September of that year I hung up the spin rod for the last time and haven’t used one since. The following three years of college became a quest to explore as much of the Driftless Area with a fly rod as I could and still somehow figure out a way to graduate. The obsession became so real that during my last semester at WSU I went trout fishing 80 times between January 1st and May 6th. It was a wild time! I graduated from Winona State in May of 2018 with a degree in Composite Materials Engineering and hit the road for Colorado a week later.
Fly Fishing Highlights:
- Winona State On The Fly: In April of 2016 my friend Jack and I started up a college fly fishing club called Winona State On The Fly. In August of 2017 our club joined the TU Costa 5 Rivers program.
- Top Costa Ambassador: Through the 5 Rivers program I was nominated as one of the top Costa Ambassadors for the 2017 fall semester.
- Guide with Sasquatch Fly Fishing summer 2018
- Fly Fishing Associate at Bass Pro