Friday, November 25, 2011

20 Questions: Jen Kugler

Jen Kugler, aka, Flyfishilicious
Need proof that the fly fishing world isn't always snooty, elitist or exclusive? That some within this fraternity recognize the need to bring more folks along in order to ensure the pastime persists?

Look no futher than Jen Kulger. Six months ago, Jen had never touched a fly rod. Today, she's a bona fide fly fishing junkie. She hasn't become a full-fledged fly angler without help–particularly within the blogosphere, where fly fishing blogs are prevalent, and readers appear to be many. When Jen started her blog, Flyfishilicious, just a few months back, she was honest and contrite. She didn't know much about fly fishing, but she wanted to learn. She saw one of the trendy fly fishing flicks while visting a friend, and thought the sport looked like something she'd be interested in. She asked. Many answered.

Today, just a few short months after that fateful day spent in front of a friend's flatscreen, Jen is not only fly fishing, but she's evolving before our very eyes. I had the pleasure recently of writing a guest post at Jen's blog, basically in response to her questions about the role in conservation fly fishers must take, especially if they are to expect fly fishing opportunities to be something we can hand down to the next generation. That she was interested in conservation impressed me greatly. That she was busy trying to channel her energy, to determine how to put it to work for good, made me an immediate admirer. Often, the interest in protecting the places we fly fish comes later to the angler. But not to Jen. She's on a collision course with complete angler status, in my opinion.

I asked Jen to give me a bit of a bio ... something to let the world know who she is. It's apparent that, in addition to being contemplative, curious and thoughtful, she's also a bit modest. She describes herself as a "quirky, forever-29-year-old" who has become hopelessly addicted to fly fishing. She lives in the Denver suburbs, is a single mom and works full-time ... that she's found the time fish is impressive. That she's found the time to take in the big picture is simply magical.

On with the questions:

What is your idea of perfect happiness? 
Most recently it has been standing in a quiet creek on a warm day throwing dry flies to hungry trout.

What is your greatest fear? 
Snakes. *shiver* Horrid creatures!

Which living person do you most admire? 
That would absolutely be my Father. Honest. Dependable. Intelligent. Pleasant. Hard-working. Respectable. Selfless.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? 
Lack of physical endurance. I choose not to push myself. I'm a bit lazy like that.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? 
Dishonesty and unreliability–they go hand in hand.

What is your favorite journey? 
I love adventures–I'm up for almost anything. If I could, I'd spend my time traveling the world–taking in all the diversity and history. Fishing a new stream, trying new foods, people watching, listening to new languages. I find all of that completely fascinating.

On what occasion do you lie? 
When I'm protecting the last of the sweets I've hidden away. For some reason I'm a little territorial when it comes to food. "Sorry kids, we finished the pumpkin pie last night." *evil chuckle* Then I wait until they're tucked away in their beds to savor the last of the sweet goodness in peace.

What is your greatest regret? 
Imbibing in the new addiction.
Not starting to fly fish earlier this year. I missed out on a lot of great weather and now we are heading into the ice abomination, dang it!

What or who is the greatest love of your life? 
My children. They each own a very special place in my heart that will never be duplicated or replaced.

Which talent would you most like to have? 
It's very hard to choose! So I'm going to go with drawing. I'd love to be able to create a masterpiece with a pencil and paper. Not a talent I even remotely currently possess.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? 
Surviving–just surviving life so far!

Jen... in a future life.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? 
A finger monkey - it's just the cutest thing ever - although I'm not sure they're real, but oh well.

What is your most treasured possession? 
An old miners cut diamond that was passed on from my great-grandmother to my grandmother to myself and to which I will pass on to my daughter who carries the name of the original owner–Nellie. I love anything that has to do with my family history. I find so much connection and tangible energy from items that were held by my ancestors so long ago.

Where would you like to live? 
In a cabin secluded in the woods by a trout stream–but with access to a grocery store and with an amazing man who will cook, chop wood and shovel snow!

How would you like to die? 
Death is an interesting subject to me. It's one of those things that must happen to everyone, yet the feelings and reactions that come from experiencing death around us are so extreme. I don't really care how I die, but I hope it's unsuspecting, quick and painless.

What’s on your iPod? 
I'm not big into music–but I like to listen to music, mostly for the background noise. I go the free route and listen to Pandora. The stations I listen to most are One Republic and Moby.

If you were a pet dog, what would your name be? 
Jitterbug–I'm always moving and busy doing something.

What was the most significant moment in your life? 
Birthing my children naturally. I've never experienced such a thing–mind, body and soul all working together to bring another life into this world. The process is intense and completely miraculous. There isn't anything else like it; it's a very short moment of time, and there is only one way to experience it.

What’s your favorite film? 
The Prestige with Christian Bale–my Newsies crush!

Where would you want your loved ones to spread your ashes? 
Rush Creek. Silver Lake, California

BONUS QUESTION: What’s your favorite car of all the cars you’ve owned? 
Definitely my first car–1986 Volvo 240DL, yellow. Her nickname was Buttercup. Oh Buttercup how I miss you. That car went through A LOT! Good times. Good times.


  1. Wow Chris - you make me feel like 1 million $! I feel honored you featured me, of all people to choose from, on your blog. Thank you for guest blogging on FF and thank you for the opportunity to be on EMBT. I hope we will be able to throw flies with one another someday.

  2. Great interview. Jen is much more engaging and believable than the subject of last week's 20 Questions.

  3. Oh whatever Kirk - How can I even begin to follow the Chinese splits?! I very much enjoyed your interview! :)

  4. Jen... you made it easy. Great answers!

  5. Who was last week's subject anyway? I forgot!?

  6. I like the 20 questions feature. Really enjoy reading all of the different blogs. You guys do a great job of engaging your readers.

  7. Thanks! Glad you stopped by to give it a read!

  8. I like that finger monkey...Can I order up one for Christmas?? Oh wait, it's teeth might be as dangerous as a hook in the finger...never mind! Another entertaining 20 Questions! Looking forward to fishing again with Jen next year at the Frenzy...

  9. A very pleasant glimpse to the inner sanctum of another fellow angler> well done and well presented, Kudos to both parties, I truly enjoy reading what makes us all human and why we tick the way we do. Tight Lines~