Seth Drake – Hendersonville, NC
Seth Drake first became interested in fly fishing about seven years ago, when he went to a beginners fly fishing class in Pisgah Forest at their Education Center on the Davidson River. After the class, he went out and bought his first fly rod, and he fished a few days a year for the next few years. For his 13th birthday, his mother bought him a guide trip with a man named Tony Brooks. After the trip, Tony invited him to a practice for Team Stonefly, a regional team in Western North Carolina. After going to the practice, seeing all the techniques and catching lots of fish, Seth was hooked on this “new thing” called Czech Nymphing. He entered his first competition after trying this technique for about one year. That competition was the USYFFT 2015 National Youth Championship. Seth was determined and kept competing, and then landed a spot on the US Youth Team at the USYFFT 2016 National Youth Championship.
When asked what he is most looking forward to about being on Team USA Youth, Seth answers, “I am looking forward to learning new techniques and being able to better my current skill set by fishing with other anglers on the team.” As Seth looks ahead he sees himself owning his own Fly Shop/ Guiding Service in the mountains of western North Carolina. Seth says, “I hope to continue competing, and hopefully be on the Men’s US Fly Fishing Team.”