About

BRANDON FREW

I WAS BORN IN KAMLOOPS, BC. I MOVED TO RED DEER, AB WITH MY FAMILY WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER AND HAVE LIVED HERE EVER SINCE. 

I STARTED FLY FISHING IN 2015, THROUGHOUT CENTRAL ALBERTA AND THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS.

I WORK AS CRANE OPERATOR BY TRADE. FLY FISHING + PHOTOGRAPHY STARTED OUT AS A HOBBY FOR ME, BUT IT HAS SINCE TURNED INTO A TRUE PASSION. I SPEND QUITE A BIT OF TIME PUTTING TOGETHER OUR PHOTOS AND SHORT FLY FISHING FILMS.

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JESSE PAULSEN

I WAS BORN & RAISED IN TERRACE BAY, ON -- ALONG THE NORTH SHORE OF LAKE SUPERIOR. I MOVED TO VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA IN 2011 AND LIVED THERE FOR 7 YEARS. I THEN MOVED TO RED DEER, AB IN 2018. 

I STARTED FLY + SPEY FISHING IN 2015, IN AND AROUND THE LOWER MAINLAND OF BC. 

I WORK AS A PROJECT MANAGER FOR A MARKETING AGENCY. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AN ARTISTIC PERSON, AND I LOVE THAT I AM ABLE TO COMBINE IT WITH MY PASSION FOR FLY FISHING.

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HOW WE MET

WE MET ON THE BACK PAGES OF CRAIGSLIST. 

JUST KIDDING. 

WE ACTUALLY MET ON INSTAGRAM. WE HAD FOLLOWED EACH OTHER FOR A WHILE UNTIL ONE DAY, I (JESSE) FINALLY DECIDED TO SLIDE INTO BRANDON'S DM'S. A FEW MONTHS LATER, BRANDON MAILED ME A VALENTINE'S DAY PACKAGE THAT WAS FILLED WITH OREOS, FLY TYING MATERIALS, AND FLIES THAT HE HAD TIED. THE REST IS HISTORY FROM THERE. WHEN I FLEW OUT TO ALBERTA TO MEET HIM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN PERSON, OUR FIRST DATE CONSISTED OF AN ALL-DAY FLY FISHING TRECK THROUGH KNEE-DEEP SNOW IN -30 DEGREE WEATHER. WE BOTH AGREE THAT ALTHOUGH IT MIGHT NOT OF BEEN THE BEST DAY OF FISHING, IT WAS STILL THE BEST FIRST DATE. 

 

AFTER ENDLESS DAILY TEXTS, MEME EXCHANGES, FACETIME CALLS, AND A FEW TRIPS BACK AND FOURTH BETWEEN ALBERTA AND BC --  WE BOTH GOT TIRED OF THE LONG DISTANCE. WE TOOK A HUGE CHANCE ON EACH OTHER AND DECIDED THAT I (JESSE) WOULD MOVE TO ALBERTA. I PACKED UP MY APARTMENT, I QUIT MY JOB OF 7 YEARS, AND I EMBARKED ON A NEW ADVENTURE. WE SPENT LESS THAN 14 DAYS IN TOTAL TOGETHER IN PERSON BEFORE I MOVED IN WITH BRANDON, BUT IT WAS A RISK WE WERE WILLING TO TAKE. 

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OUR LIFESTYLE

WE LIKE TO THINK THAT WE ARE PROOF THAT SOME THINGS ARE TRUELY MEANT TO BE. WE ARE TWO PEAS IN A POD, BESIDES THE CONSTANT POWER STRUGGLE ON WHO IS THE BOSS. WE ALSO ADDED A NEW FURRY FAMILY MEMBER TO OUR HOUSE -- JAG, OUR BENGAL CAT.

WE FISH AS MUCH AS WE CAN YEAR-ROUND. WE SUPPORT EACH OTHER ON OUR INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE FISHING COMMUNITY, AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO WHAT WE CAN ACCOPMLISH TOGETHER AS A DUO. WE ARE ALSO HUGE ADVOCATES FOR THE VARIOUS INITIATIVES SURROUNDING #5050ONTHEFLY. 

THE NAME, "MY RIDE OR FLY" IS A PLAY ON THE PHRASE, "MY RIDE OR DIE". WE CHOSE IT BECAUSE WE FELT IT REALLY REPRESENTS WHAT WE MEAN TO EACH OTHER. 

WE CAN'T THANK OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ENOUGH FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO PERSUE OUR WILDEST DREAMS IN FLY FISHING.

TIGHT LINES + STAY WILD

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