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Daily Inspiration: Meet Rick Talbot

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rick Talbot.

Hi Rick, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’ve liked fishing since I was a kid, but my addiction to it started about 15 years ago on a 50-mile hike through the White Cloud mountain range in Idaho. We were fly fishing and hiked into a remote lake where I caught my first elusive Golden Trout. This experience gave me the idea to try and catch every game fish in UT. I accomplished this goal over the next few years, but my interest in new species had only grown. With that, I’ve started taking a rod with me whenever I travel for work or go on vacation. Even if I only have an hour, I like to see what I can catch. This has led to meeting some life-long friends and creating memories that will last a lifetime. I also enjoy helping others learn about and catch fish. Seeing people light up as they reel in their first fish is special. Fishing mixed with adventure feeds my soul as few things can.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
With fishing, it’s rarely a smooth road, especially in other countries where you don’t speak the language or know the culture. Research and preparation helps, but there’s usually a twist you’re not expecting. However, with a positive attitude, these twists can make for some great memories.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
My background is in real estate and banking. Currently, my focus is SBA and commercial lending.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I’m inspired by several anglers, podcasts and shows. The show River Monsters inspired me to venture to places and target species I didn’t know existed. Through researching these places, I met my now dear friend Steve Yatomi with Adventure Travel Alliance who helped get me get to some of these places and has taught me a lot about jungle fishing. Jeff Maggio’s “Reel Guy Podcast” keeps me informed about what’s going on in south Florida (Jeff has taught me so much about saltwater fishing, especially for Tarpon). Lance Egan puts out some incredible videos and information on fly fishing techniques (Adaptive Fly Fishing). There are so many fantastic anglers to learn from and to be inspired by out there.

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