Inside the Mind – Mike Dawes WCA Destination Travel Trip Host:
WorldCast Anglers Destination Travel Manager, Chris Littauer, sits down with Mike Dawes for a peek inside the mind of a WorldCast Anglers Destination Travel Trip Host. Mike shares his passion for travel, his favorite fish to eat a fly and where he would go if the world was ending tomorrow!
CL: “What WCA Destination Travel locations have you fished and which destinations are your currently hosting trips to?”
MD: “I have fished Canada, US, Brazil, Guyana, Argentina, Chile, Bahamas, Mexico, Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, BVI’s, Iceland, UK, Africa, Dubai, Seychelles, Mauritius, India, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Mongolia, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. Currently, I am hosting trips to Mexico, Cuba, Mauritius, Seychelles, Bhutan and Canada.”
CL: “I know this is a tough question to answer, but what is your favorite specie of fish to pursue on the fly? Why?”
MD: “I would have to say that my favorite species to pursue with a fly is Permit. The dedication, focus and humility required and needed for Permit fishing is above everything else I have experienced on the water.”
CL: “You live in one of the trout fishing meccas of the world. Some people would think it’s crazy to leave this paradise and chase fish across the globe. Why do you do it?”
MD: “In the world of fly fishing you can never stop learning. There are new places to fish, different fish to target and unique cultures to experience. Those new, different and unique experiences bring us new lessons. For instance, there are techniques shared in fighting tarpon that can be used on large trout. However, you would never know without learning how to tarpon fish.”
CL: “What is your favorite memory or story from a destination travel fishing trip?”
MD: “I was fishing in Bhutan for Brown Trout. The fish and game officer and the translator told me I was not allowed to cross a river. I was not allowed to cross due to the demons on the other side. If I did cross, I was at risk of going mentally crazy. They were very serious.”
CL: “What is the number one piece of advice you would give someone who is just getting into destination travel fishing?”
MD: “Have your expectations of the trip in place prior to heading out on your first destination trip. More importantly, talk to someone you trust about the experience your want to have and your measures of success. I believe that heading into a destination trip with the wrong expectations is worse than having the wrong gear.”
CL: “The world ends in two weeks and you have one final destination to fish before you die. Where do you go?”
An experienced destination travel trip host is a key and crucial element of making your destination travel experience a success. The WCA destination travel hosts come from within WorldCast Anglers. They are experienced in a multitude of different fishing environments and locations. They measure success on identifying your fly fishing needs and preferences and meeting or exceeding your expectations. Their professional is a product of training, education and experience. Simply put, we don’t offer every location in the world, only the ones that meet our standards!