Douglas Freemann – PA
Doug always had a strong passion for the outdoors, but it wasn’t until his family began visiting a dude ranch in southern Wyoming that his love for fly fishing became so apparent. After years of fly fishing exclusively while he was at the ranch, Doug started to explore fishing opportunities in the Northeast. Fly fishing soon became a full-blown obsession and he quickly began to look for avenues to channel his newborn passion. Exploring Pennsylvania’s endless trout waters quickly became a way of life . One day at a local fly shop, he was introduced to a book, written by former youth team head coach George Daniel. It was here that Doug was first exposed to competitive fly fishing. A few months later, in May 2013, Doug attended his first youth team run clinic where he completely fell in love with the sport. In August 2013 Doug became a member of the United States Youth Fly Fishing Team and since then has been traveling around the country fishing different competitions, events and locations.
Since joining the team Doug has had the honor of competing in two Youth World Fly Fishing Championships, Vail Colorado in 2015, and Santiago de Compostela, Spain in 2016. At the Vail championships, Doug served as a ghost angler alongside fellow teammate Ryley Batewell, where Team U.S.A. Youth won the team gold and individual gold and silver medals. The flowing year in Spain, Doug competed as a member of Team U.S.A. Youth where they secured the team silver medal after coming back from 5th place on the final day of the event. Doug has also been a featured fly tier at the International Fly Tying Symposium in Somerset, New Jersey.
As a member of Team Freestone in addition to Team USA Youth, Doug fishes multiple times a week venturing to all corners of the world in search of large trout. Doug served as Captain for the Travel Team that competed in Slovenia at the 16th Cortland World Youth Fly Fishing Championships. The Youth Team brought back its seventh consecutive medal, this time the Bronze. With his teammates, Doug continued the dominant performances that his predecessors have showcased.