Monday, July 2, 2012

20 Questions: Scott Hunter

Scott Hunter

I met Scott Hunter just under a year ago while wandering through the aisles at the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show in New Orleans. This is the show conducted almost solely for independent dealers--it gives them a chance to see the latest and greatest in the fly fishing industry, make their annual orders and reconnect with others in the industry.

Scott was only about two years into his new venture--Vedavoo--and he was trying to build some interest in his company, which manufactures fly fishing gear like the Tightlines sling and the Spinner daypack. 

What drew me to Scott was his evangelism, pure and simple. He literally walked over to me and dragged me over to his display to show me his gear, how it worked, how it was unique and how the average fly fisher coud put it to use. Watching this guy put his own products through the paces made it very clear to me that Scott is a guy who truly believes in his products. His excitement was palpable. This dude was selling ... and I was sold. 

You've likely seen a couple of my reviews of Vedavoo equipment, and while I might not have that evangelist's spirit, I, like Scott, believe this equipment is among the best made in the business. More importantly, it's functional. It works. And it works well.

And if Scott hadn't grabbed my elbow and said to me, "Let me show you something," I wouldn't know a thing about it.

In the coming weeks, readers of this blog will get the chance to win some Vedavoo gear. For the time being, though, get to know Scott. I think you'll like him.

On with the questions:

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Build me a cabin nestled quietly between flowing trout water and pine forest within view of the Tetons. Filled with the warm voices of my wife, kids and trusty pup.  Elk bugle in the distance and a Kelly Green, 1953 Chevy pickup sits in my gravel driveway with a custom bamboo rod riding shotgun.

Which living person do you most admire?
I know it’s probably a mortal sin to mention someone in politics – but from a human perspective, I’d have to say Colin Powell. I had the pleasure of speaking with him when he was Secretary of State, and I’ve never met someone more genuine.  He taught me a lot in a few short minutes about the value of family and real friends.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Indecisiveness. This question alone has taken me over three days to answer.

What is your favorite journey?
I live for dirt roads and trails that lead to flowing water. I love the opportunity to hit the trailhead with everything I need for a week in the wilderness – I love fishing for trout above 10,000 feet, and doing it with close friends

On what occasion do you lie?
I’ve lied – and I’m not proud of it. I used to do it when I lacked the confidence to really be myself and be proud of who I am – felt like I had to stretch reality to fit in and relate to new people. As much as I despise that in others, a few years ago I consciously committed to truth, and it’s made a big difference in my life.

Dude is annoying... I always root for the cute blonde, myself.
Which living person do you most despise? 
People who take advantage of others… and that idiot Darrell from the show Storage Wars. Did you see the commercial for the new season? If you noticed, they gave Jared and Brandi an Aston Martin, Dave a flamethrower, and Barry a monkey and a machine gun. What’d they give Darrell?  A rope… just a rope. I think they were hoping he’d hang himself.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
I’m sure it’s not the traditional response, but my grandfather. I was born on the 12th of December – his birthday – and it always created a special bond between us. He was the rarest kind of guy – kind, loving and always fun to be around. His love was unconditional – even when I tried to kill him during my first golf-cart driving lesson – and though he’s long since passed, the kind of love that can only be described as my benchmark.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Becoming an Eagle Scout … or making my dream a reality with Vedavoo

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
A cutthroat trout in a clear, alpine stream… or at least I hope that’s the case

What is your most treasured possession?
I’m sentimental – so I keep a box of mementos in my office. None of them really have any monetary value – but they all remind me of moments that have helped to make me who I am. My faves are probably my leaves. For as long as I can recall, I’ve picked and pressed leaves from various places I’ve visited. I have one from my visit to Independence Hall, the two four-leaf clovers I found the SAME DAY in Cherokee, NC, and a picking from the streamside where I caught my first trout on a fly.   

Where would you like to live?
I’d love to live in Northern Colorado --my type of culture and within striking distance of Denver, great fishing, great trails, and my home-state of Wyoming. 

Salinger... Interesting choice...
Who are your favorite writers?
Ernest Hemingway; Walt Whitman; Hunter S. Thompson; J.D. Salinger; The Apostle Paul

Who are your heroes?
Yvon Chouinard. He’s the epitome of what I strive to be – a good businessman, an avid outdoorsman, and someone who is legitimate about doing things the RIGHT way. I read that he gave his son the freedom to choose his career – as long as he was building something with his hands. I love that!

What’s on your iPod?
My top 10 most played: 
Everlong (Foo Fighters), So What (Miles Davis), Amarillo by Morning (George Strait), God Bless this Mess (Sheryl Crow), Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd), Man in Black (Johnny Cash),  Highwayman (Cash/Kristofferson/Nelson/Jennings),  The World I Know (Collective Soul), Baba O’Riley (the Who), Mountain of God (Third Day)

If you were a pet, what would your name be?
I asked my 7 year old.  He says “Puddles”--hopefully this has something to do with my wet wading boots. But if I were a Dog that could choose his name, I’d probably settle on Pingora – if you’ve been there, you know. 

What would your profession be if you couldn’t do what you do now?
I’d probably be working in corporate strategy or marketing

In three words, how would your closest friends describe you?
Driven, Intuitive, Sentimental

6-8 mpg? You're dreamin'...
What’s the favorite of all the cars you’ve ever driven?
I used to drive an old 454 Chevy Suburban. Loved that rig. Got 6-8 mpg, but it was a beast off pavement and I never was short on trunk space.

Which actor/actress would play you in the movie about your life, and why?
This one has to be a quote from my lady:  “Well… Mike Rowe has a similar voice, but you are a complete goofball like Will Ferrell - especially when you are able to be relaxed.  The world has it out for you like Chevy Chase in National Lampoon movies, and you are a lot like "Clark" -  incredibly driven to complete the mission so we can all have a good time… and well, I hope you look like Tom Selleck when you are older, I see it in there.”  Thanks April - Sounds like one I’d watch.

Makes your mouth
water, doesn't it?
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Glenlivet Nadurra Single Barrel 16 

What’s the closest you’ve ever been to dying?
I climbed Fremont Peak in Wyoming’s Wind River Range in the summer of 2007.  When I got up to the summit, there was a flat wall of rock in front of me.  I reached my hands up, and felt around to make sure there was something to sit on up there - - - and feeling only rock, gave myself a mighty heave-ho to the top.  What I didn’t know, was that the edge was less than a foot wide and the wind was stronger above the rock.  The wind pushed me forward so I got a “good view” of the dropoff on the other side. Needless to say, I chose a different place to summit once I collected myself.

If you could go back in time, what year would you visit first?
1969.  I love live music – love it – so to have a chance to see some of my favorites before they were gone – and in the heart of their art would be awesome! 

1 comment:

  1. I am so impressed with your great work and you have very good research about carp wishing how do you position our rods? Do you have the tips in the water? Do you set them both up to point straight ahead? Or do you separate them onto individual bank sticks based on the fact you have one swim to the left of them in the margins and one swim straight ahead at the island?