Dec. 2018 Club Meeting: In the Footsteps of Joe Brooks

By Larry Forte

Jerry Kustich
At our December 11 meeting, we welcome Jerry Kustich. Ever wonder what it would be like to live the life of a full-time fisherman? Well, Jerry lives that life. It is a life of purpose and passion – a powerful love affair with fish and fishing. Whether he casts his line across water or upon paper, he is forever fishing. Jerry’s works reflect this love whole-heartedly.

In the mid-70s, thanks to a book by legendary Joe Brooks, it inspired a life-long fly-fishing journey that started in Idaho. Along the way Kustich learned many lessons about rivers, the environment, bamboo rods, and life itself. From Steelheading the West Coast and the Great Lakes, Trout fishing Montana, Striper fishing the East, or many other stops in between, this month’s program details in slides a wonderful journey well worth sharing.

During his fly-fishing journey, he eventually started working for the Winston Rod Company, building graphite and bamboo rods. In 2006, he teamed up with his longtime friend, mentor, and bamboo rod master Glenn Brackett to start Sweetgrass Rods in Twin Bridges, Montana. In addition to being a craftsman, he is an accomplished writer, conservationist and dedicated angler. He co-authored the classic Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead. Plus he has written several other books including; At the River’s Edge, A Wisp in the Wind, Around the next Bend, A Fly Angler’s Journey and Holy Water. I just finished his last book, Holy Water. It is a great and enjoyable read. Hope to see you on the 11th!