Trouts: Tell us a little bit about yourself, how you came into your current position with Orvis, and what you do for the company?
SC: I grew up in Kentucky where I started fly fishing at 11.
Since then we have been focused on building a team that share these same goals and are passionate anglers.
Helios 2, Superfine Glass and Silver Sonic waders are added examples of our commitment to best in class product design.
Tell us a little about this re-design as you decided to move away from the predecessor Access series.
SC: Access was a great rod series but we are always pushing for continuous improvement.
With Recon, I wanted to work with a new material package and incorporate some of the design advantages that we learned from Helios 2 development.
I also felt that the mid price rod category needed a unique story.
We exchanged contacts, stayed in touch and 5 months later he offered me a job at Orvis designing rods and reels. Since then I have taken over responsibility for managing the Rod & Tackle Product Development team and I get to still develop fly rods.
Trouts: Moving on, let’s talk about a topic you surely discuss all the time with customers, vendors, etc.
Though often overshadowed by fishing lures and reels, fishing rods are the source of the word "angler," so they deserve our respect.
That’s because in medieval England, fishing rods were known as "angles." Back then, before fiberglass and graphite composites, fishing rods were often made of light, tough, and pliable bamboo or ash, with maple butts and grips of cork.
Let's face it, when it comes to fly rods, it's not a question of "IF" a rod will break, it's "WHEN" and how many times.