With only two semesters to go, Camille Egdorf is going from college to Christmas Island.
Growing up alongside the banks of the Bighorn River, Montana native, Camille Egdorf can’t remember a time when fishing wasn’t a part of her life. Even while balancing a full load of college courses, Egdorf still manages to log over 100 days on the water each year. With only two semesters in her college career to go, the 25 year old talks about her passion for fishing as well as the Simms gear that have become mainstays in her river kit.
So, how did you get into fishing and when did it all start?
I owe it all to my dad. Some of my earliest memories are being on the water with him. From the very start, I always loved fish and begged to go and he always took me.
Where do you primarily fish these days?
Well, I was born and raised in Montana, so it’s no surprise I primarily fish here. I grew up on the Bighorn but because I currently live in Bozeman, I hit the Yellowstone, Gallatin, Madison, Jefferson and Missouri as often as I can.
Do you have a favorite place to fish?
My family owns and operates a guided trout lodge in Bristol Bay, Alaska on the Nushagak River. There’s no question that that’s my favorite place to fish. I spent every summer of my childhood there. I love it not just because it’s some of the best trout fishing in Alaska but also because it’s literally in the middle of nowhere and totally pristine. My only competition are the grizzly bears that roam the river banks searching for salmon.
Are you a dry fly, streamer or nymph type gal?
I have to admit, standing in a drift boat and crushing the bank with large streamers really pulls at my heart strings. Last December I hosted a group of anglers to Agua Boa Amazon Lodge and the style of fishing was very similar to how we streamer fish in Montana. Casting large streamers to the bank and stripping them back as fast as humanly possible. Fish would go absolutely nuts for your fly. I was in heaven.
Any bucket list trips you have in mind for the future? If so, where?
Kamchatka has been on my list for a long time and I’ll be fortunate enough to scratch that off in August, 2015. The main focus there will be mousing for large rainbow trout. I’m a mouse fishing addict so I’m really hoping to get my fix there. Another bucket list item is permit. I’ve never had the opportunity to pursue them but I’m hoping to pay Belize a visit in the near future.
Let’s talk about some of the Simms gear you’ve been using. Can you speak a little bit about the Women’s Guide Jacket? What makes it your jacket of choice?The women’s guide jacket is great because it’s a jacket you can wear outside of the fishing environment. It’s not uncommon for me to wear it while walking down main street or to any social event. It’s not bulky, it has a great feminine fit and provides excellent protection from wind and rain. It’s a wonderful jacket and I can’t see myself using anything else.
How are you liking the Women’s G3 Guide Waders?
Before the Women’s G3’s came out, I wore the men’s G4 pro’s. Simply because I needed something that was durable enough to guide in Alaska during the summer and would keep me warm during the cold Montana winters. Even though they were a size small, they were still 3 sizes too big. You can imagine my delight when Simms introduced the Women’s G3’s. The fit on these waders is perfect. I can layer up underneath and still move with comfort yet still maintain my feminine shape. They’re built with the same five layer GORE-TEX fabric that is used on the men’s G4’s for increased durability which is everything I’ve ever wanted in a women’s wader.
What are your thoughts on the Women’s Vapor Boots?
I’ve been really happy with these for sure. It’s actually built for the female foot and doesn’t feel like you’re lugging around a 10 pound brick with each step. The ankle support is unparalleled to any other boot I’ve used and I can actually be agile. I can move quickly (jumping in/out of a boat) when I need to and feel more confident in my foot placement. I’ve got to say, I really like the blue laces too — I generally fish with others and sometimes boots and gear get misplaced or taken by mistake. It’s nice to have a pair of laces that stand out and won’t get mistaken for dude boots.
With only two semesters of college left, you’ve got to be stoked to get that diploma. Do you think you’ll pursue a career in fishing?
Yes! I knew from a very young age that I wanted to have a career in fly fishing. I’ve always had the desire to see other countries with a rod in hand and share it with others. Reading stories about tigerfish in Africa, bonefish on the flats and the ever elusive permit have pulled at me like gravity. I just recently started working for Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures and will be hosting groups of anglers to Christmas Island in May then Kamchakta, Russia in August. I must say, I’ve netted my dream job!