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MY RIDE OR FLY © 2019 

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. COPYWRITE © 2019 BRANDON FREW + JESSE PAULSEN

WEBSITE CREATED + DESIGNED BY JESSE PAULSEN

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THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES FOR BELIEVING IN US:

BRANDON↟FREW

@SLAYNFILLET

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

I STARTED FLY FISHING IN 2015/2016 IN AND AROUND CENTRAL ALBERTA & THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS.

 

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

JESSE↟PAULSEN

@JESSEPAULSEN

I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN TERRACE BAY, ONTARIO, 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, ALBERTA IN 2018.

I STARTED BOTH FLY AND SPEY FISHING IN 2015 IN AND AROUND THE LOWER MAINLAND OF BRITISH COLUMBIA. 

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

HOW↟WE↟MET 

WE MET ON THE BACK PAGES OF CRAIGSLIST.

JUST KIDDING.

WE MET ON INSTAGRAM. WE HAD FOLLOWED EACH OTHER FOR A WHILE UNTIL ONE DAY JESSE FINALLY DECIDED TO SLIDE INTO BRANDON'S DM'S. A FEW MONTHS LATER, BRANDON MAILED HER A VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT FILLED WITH OREOS, FLY TYING MATERIALS, AND SOME FLIES THAT HE TIED. THE REST IS HISTORY FROM THERE.

JESSE FLEW OUT TO ALBERTA TO MEET BRANDON FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND OUR FIRST DATE CONSISTED OF AN ALL-DAY FLY FISHING TREK THROUGH KNEE-DEEP SNOW IN -30 DEGREE WEATHER. WE BOTH AGREE THAT IT WASN'T THE BEST DAY OF FISHING, BUT IT WAS STILL THE BEST FIRST DATE.

 

AFTER ENDLESS DAILY TEXT MESSAGES, MEME EXCHANGES, FACETIME CALLS, AND A FEW TRIPS BACK AND FOURTH BETWEEN ALBERTA AND BRITISH COLUMBIA -- WE BOTH GOT TIRED OF THE LONG DISTANCE AND NOT BEING ABLE TO FISH TOGETHER AS OFTEN AS WE WANTED TO. SO, WE TOOK A HUGE CHANCE ON EACH OTHER, AND DECIDED THAT JESSE WOULD MOVE TO ALBERTA. JESSE PACKED UP HER APARTMENT, QUIT HER JOB OF 7 YEARS, AND EMBARKED ON A NEW ADVENTURE. WE SPENT LESS THAN 14 DAYS TOTAL TOGETHER IN PERSON BEFORE JESSE MOVED IN, BUT IT WAS A RISK WE WERE WILLING TO TAKE.  

WE LIKE TO THINK WE ARE PROOF THAT SOME THINGS ARE TRUELY 'MEANT-TO-BE'. WE ARE LIKE TWO PEAS IN A POD, ASIDE FROM THE CONSTANT POWER STRUGGLE ON WHO IS THE ACTUAL BOSS OF THE HOUSE. WE HAVE HIS & HER FLY TYING TABLES SET UP IN OUR LIVING ROOM, IF THAT GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF HOW DIE-HARD WE REALLY ARE ABOUT FLY FISHING.

 

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

 

THE NAME "MY RIDE OR FLY" IS A PLAY ON THE PHRASE, "MY RIDE OR DIE". WE CHOSE IT BECAUSE WE TRUELY ARE PARTNERS IN CRIME.

 

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 

OUR↟LIFESTYLE