Next up in our Ambassador Introduction series is one of the fishiest tag-team duos we know hailing from the gem state! Joseph Evans (@idaaflyy) and Bradley Funkhouser (@funky_fly_guy) both grew up in the Boise, Idaho area surrounded by hundreds of miles of pristine trout waters so it was only natural that these two dove head first into the industry as soon as they possibly could. Over the last few years they have worked at Picabo Angler in the fly shop, located on the infamous Silver Creek. In their free time, Joe and Brad love to travel in search of new species to target on a fly rod and have been filming their adventures along the way. 

We are beyond stoked to welcome Joe and Brad to our ambassador team and can’t wait for you all to see what we’ve been working on with these two. Keep your eyes peeled for a little teaser reel from our first long format collaboration video coming soon!

Get To Know TroutRoutes Ambassadors, Joseph Evans (@idaaflyy) & Bradley Funkhouser (@funky_fly_guy)!

Q: Describe your fly fishing journey up to the present. How did you start fly fishing? Where is your favorite place to fish?

A: Our fly fishing journey began as a growing addiction in high school. Growing up in Boise, we had access to many rivers and lakes within a two hour radius. The more we fished, the more we wanted to be a part of the industry. We applied to work at Picabo Angler, a fly shop on the infamous Silver Creek to get our foot in the door and we haven’t turned back. Our favorite place to fish hands down, is anywhere NEW!

Q: What is your favorite fly pattern (either to fish or to tie yourself)?

A: Joe’s favorite fly without a doubt is a Callibaetis spinner when it comes to dry flies and hatches, but a Barely Legal is hard to beat when it is time to strip streamers. Bradley is a “traditional” fly fisherman who enjoys catching fish on the simple stuff. He will never be fishing without a balanced leech in the box.

Q: What TroutRoutes feature do you find yourself using the most?

A: Our favorite TroutRoutes feature is the Stream flow gage tool in the app. Being able to view the updated flow chart is so crucial to a successful day on the water.

Q:What’s the most important thing you take away from the water at the end of a fishing trip?

A: At the end of a day on the water or a long fishing trip, we take away the good times and memories made. Hopefully, as many laughs were shared as possible and if fish were caught, that’s the cherry on top.