Brett writes about hunting, fishing and the outdoors for the Salt Lake Tribune, where he's worked for over 20 years as a journalist covering everything from minor league hockey to the 2002 Olympics. While I've known Brett's work for years, it's only been in the last five or six years that I've come to call Brett one of my most trusted friends. He's the real deal, a hunter and an angler who understands the connection real sportsmen have with the outdoors. And he balances his life as a professional journalist of the highest repute with a wonderful family that includes his amazing wife Brooke and a houseful of great kids that will one day realize just how fortunate they are to have they parents they do.
Brett's on my short list of folks I truly admire and respect. I hope, after you read his responses to the Eat More Brook Trout 20 Questions Challenge, you'll come to admire him, too.
Spending time with my wife and kids in the outdoors.
2. What is your greatest fear?
|In his element.|
3. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Can't think of one.
4. Which living person do you most admire?
My wife, Brooke. Not sure how she keeps the family on task and maintains that beautiful smile through it all.
5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Lack of patience.
6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
7. What is your favorite journey?
Capitol Reef National Park with the family
8. On what occasion do you lie?
Fishing, doesn't everybody?
|'Phins fan? Sadly, yes.|
Being a Dolphins fan.
10. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Wife and family, hands down.
11. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Calling out fly fishers in Utah to do something about the proposed lodge on the Green River at Little Hole and getting a proper result.
12. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
A dentist, so I can continue to inflict mouth pain as a profession.
13. What is your most treasured possession?
A father-in-law who stood up at our wedding and said "I don't really consider this as losing my daughter, but as gaining a fishing partner".
14. Where would you like to live?
Pretty happy here in Utah, but the Pacific Northwest
|McManus ... a Prettyman fave.|
Aldo Leopold, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Pat McManus
16. Who are your heroes?
Soldiers, conservationists and my wife, not necessarily in that order.
17. What’s on your iPod?
Shuffle – first five
1 – O Death – Ralph Stanley, O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack
2 – Edel & Weiss – Space Yodel
3 – Arthur Smith and Dan Reno, Dueling Banjos
4 – Johnny Cash – Give my Love to Rose
5 – Depeche Mode - Pleasure, Little Treasure
18. If you were a pet, what would your name be?
19. What would your profession be if you couldn’t do what you do now?
Wildlife biologist. What I wanted to be until I realized I was not cut out for the math. Decided if I couldn't be one I would write about wildlife.
BONUS QUESTION: If there is a Heaven, and you go to Heaven, what would God say to you upon your arrival?
"We have plenty of fly rods in here. You don't need to bring your own."