Frank Day, Fly Manager and Guide

Frank Day was born in Japan but within a year his family moved to the states following his father’s work as a computer engineer. Work took the family to Oregon where they have lived for the past 21 years. Uncles on both the Japanese and American side of the family planted the seeds early. His first experience fly fishing was using the traditional Japanese tenkara method. Using a hand constructed bamboo rod and silk line under the guidance of his uncle Masao; he fished for the elusive Yamame, white spotted char, and the highly prized unagi, a freshwater river eel. Back in the states his uncle Richard Day, a biologist for the state of Ohio and a wealth of information, fed his insatiable curiosity on the various species of warm water game fish and how to catch them.

By the time he was in second grade, the coastal trout populations had been well explored and he looked to the enormous chinook and coho salmon that could be found in the same rivers in the fall. The anadromous fascination had begun. By the end of the third grade with a few chinook and coho under the belt, the addiction was deep seated and December now only meant one thing: winter steelhead. There was now no off season, only periods of slower fishing and new species to chase month to month. Slowly the terminal gear started disappearing and a fly rod became the main tool in the hunt for the next big fish.

Frank now lives in Government Camp, Oregon and fishes a variety of watersheds. He is most commonly found on the local water of Mt. Hood. He specializes in trout fishing on the local streams and high mountain lakes, but is equally at home swinging a sculpin on a light spey set-up on the Deschutes. Of course the coastal rivers such as the Tillamook 5 and the Nehalem are still a draw for fall salmon runs as well as steelhead and sea run cutthroat. He is licensed to guide on all of these watersheds and not only can provide fishing instruction, but has an extensive biological knowledge of these fisheries and the creatures that inhabit them. He currently is the fly manager for the Fly Fishing Shop and spends his days off fishing, guiding, or tying flies for whatever species is just around the corner. Whether it’s a fish related question, a tackle question, or fly tying question, he’s happy to answer it 10-6 Wednesday through Sundays.