Setting the bar for fishing excellence |

Setting the bar for fishing excellence

Jesslyn Conners Special to the Post Independent
Jesslyn Conners Special to the Post Independent |

I try to fish with Brandon Soucie and Molly Eyler on a regular basis, and now the rest of Colorado and the world knows why.

Taylor Creek guides know their business, and it was quite clear to the spectators and competitors at the GoPro 2013 Summer Mountain Games held in Vail this past weekend.

Brandon is an eerily fishy young man; perhaps growing up right here in Basalt has something to do with it.

He is simply a trout vacuum, and is booked far in advance during peak seasons.

Brandon handily won the games, again, and the runner ups are no slouches.

Brandon is the first fishing competitor to win the prestigious gold medal multiple times.

Molly is a southern transplant that we snatched up for our selective guide roster as soon as we realized how curious and natural she was on the water.

Her lemon bars and cookies are legendary and always on hand during a day of river exploration.

Molly snatched fourth place overall and finished as the top women’s competitor.

Both of these talents are in their 20s, do what they love for a living, and have made the Roaring Fork Valley proud.

These games consist of nerve-wracking contests of casting accuracy and distance, as well as biggest fish and a two fly contest.

Molly and Brandon were awarded the top spots for men and women, and pulled it off in front of hundreds of spectators.

Anglers such as these share a few common traits — the most important being an intuitional art that all top-flight anglers possess.

These folks know when to set the hook, pure and simple.

When Brandon was asked how long he had been practicing on the Eagle River prior to the competition, he simply replied, “I just got here today.”

Molly is purely excited about making fly fishing a “perfectly suitable life’s pursuit.”

Despite what people say, perhaps youth isn’t entirely wasted on the young.

We who live to fish have a different set of priorities, and these two have it all figured out, as far as I’m concerned.

Not wasting time any time basking in their glory, both Molly and Brandon were back on the river the following day “working” with their clients.

Both Molly and Brandon have made the Roaring Fork Valley very proud with their recent winnings.


— This column is provided every week by Taylor Creeks Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at 970-927-4374 or

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