My name is Spencer Cook, I am the owner of Red Beard Anglers. I blog at spencercookflyfishing.com. I am a fly fishing guide, instructor and an avid fly fisherman. I became a fly fishing addict in the summer of 2009. Prior to that I had only dabbled with fly fishing and fished primarily with a spinning rod and reel. There was no real incentive for me to try it because I was a very accomplished lure fisherman. However, when circumstances (read about that here) left me with no other alternative, I took the bull by the horns and have never looked back. Fly fishing has opened my eyes to so many new and wonderful things. I cannot imagine life without a fly rod in my hand. I have found out that introducing others to this sport and seeing them have success brings as much joy as catching fish on my own.
More About Me:
I was born in Salt Lake City and grew up in southeastern Utah. Lucky for me I grew up in a family that appreciates the outdoors. Fishing has always been an activity we’ve done as a family. I am the second of seven kids (5 boys 2 girls) and we all fish. I have always had an insatiable need to be outside, and especially for fishing. In Jan 2009 I was lucky enough to marry a truly spectacular woman. The summer after we were married, through some incredible experiences, I picked up a fly rod for the first time. My wife Kristen has been extremely supportive and patient with my constant need to fish. She has been willing to learn right along with me and she truly keeps the fire burning. Not only does she support me, she out fishes me. Our son Van was born in August of 2011 and right from the get go Kristen has let me take him on fishing and camping adventures. We fish as a family and we love to spend time together. We currently live in Willow, Alaska which fortunately for us is in the heart of the Mat-Su Valley. We have awesome salmon and trout fishing just a short distance from our home. Kristen graduated with her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She is currently a stay-at-home mom. We have three boys, Van, Emit and Jase! We love to spend time outside. We love to travel to new places and old ones too. Fly fishing is not just a hobby for us it is our life style.