Friday, November 2, 2012

20 Questions: Kara Armano

Kara Armano
You might wonder how a chemical analyst can find a way to become one of the more influential people in the fly fishing world. If you were to ask Kara Armano how that came to be, I'm guessing she'd give proper due to a helping of pure luck and what I perceive to be the desire to do something she loves.

It helps, too, when you possess an infectious personality and can cast a fly rod. As a senior account manager for Backbone Media, Kara moves freely in fly fishing circles and has earned the respect of all who work within the craft because she's one of the people who "get it" when it comes to building the craft without forgetting what makes it possible in the first place. Kara is the "PR rep" for Sage, Redington, RIO and Fishpond--all reputable names in the industry, and all companies that give back to craft and the resources that make it possible in the first place. That these companies give credence to resource protection and restoration and have Kara carrying the water for them on the marketing and PR front is, in my opinion, no coincidence.

She's the real deal on the fishing front--you'll read more about that in a bit. But she's more than just an angler--she's an avid skier, mountain biker and someone who values wild places for what they offer to the soul. For that reason, I have tremendous respect for Kara. If you haven't met her, you're in for a treat.

On with the questions:

What is your idea of perfect happiness? 
Spending time with my husband and GSP traveling around the Continental Divide in our van fly fishing and mountain biking.

What is your greatest fear? 
Breaking my front teeth out (again) while mountain biking. I can’t even tell you how badly it hurts.

Calamity ... Kara?
Which historical figure do you most identify with? 
Calamity Jane.

Which living person do you most admire? 
Michelle Obama.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? 
My sarcasm often gets me in trouble.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? 
People who are fake/disingenuous – either telling bald-faced lies or just making stories up for the sake of a story and trying to pass it off as truth.

What is your favorite journey? 
Any trek that takes me to beautiful (often uninhabited) places…preferably with rivers.

On what occasion do you lie? 
I’m really not one to lie. Most people who know me, know that I speak my mind (maybe a little too often and too brashly).

Which living person do you most despise? 
Rush Limbaugh.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? 
It’s time to play! (for the record, I don’t think this is a bad thing….playing keeps you young).

Which talent would you most like to have? 
I would like to be able to sing. Both my mom and sister have incredible voices and I’d like to join their club.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? 
I am still pretty proud of the 75-pound tarpon I caught on my first attempt. I was fishing the Keys with Bruce Chard and Ross Purnell early this spring on a last-minute trip and both Ross and I made it happen on the first day. Pretty incredible experience.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? 
I know I kind of sound like a child saying this, but I always thought it would be amazing to come back as a dolphin. They always look so happy yet can be complete badasses when necessary.

What is your most treasured possession? 
Do I have to pick just one? If so, then I can’t live without my puffy down jacket from Eddie Bauer First Ascent. I know, I know, a silly material item, but I do live in the mountains of Colorado.

Where would you like to live? 
Right where I do….maybe just without the neighbors.

Who are your favorite writers? 
Ted Leeson, Barbara Kingsolver and Erin Block.

Who are your heroes? 
My (now deceased) great grandmother Grace. She taught me to camp and fish from a very early age. She also taught me valuable life lessons all while looking at wildflowers, checking out trees and other flora, chasing frogs and minnows.

What would your profession be if you couldn’t do what you do now? 
I would LOVE to run a fly fishing lodge in pretty much any exotic location. 

Mary Stuart Masterson
If there is a Heaven, and you go to Heaven, what would God say to you upon your arrival? 
"Well, well, well ... Isn’t this an interesting scenario?"

Which actor/actress would play you in the movie about your life, and why? 
Many people have said I resemble Helen Hunt or Mary Stewart Masterson. I’d be happy with either. 

BONUS QUESTION: What’s the closest you’ve ever been to dying? 
When my older brother turned 16, he was in charge of driving me to volleyball practice. He cut a corner too tight and was headed directly towards a reflector post. What I didn’t realize is that it was the kind that folds flat when hit, but I saw my life flash before my eyes for about 10 seconds….damn older brothers. 


  1. I have worked with Kara on a few occasions and can say she has been most helpful and always professional. It' nice to see the other 'playful' side of our customer service representatives from various companies~ thanks for another great insight to another great in our field!!
    Tight Lines,

  2. I totally dig Kara... I think she's a fantastic member of the fly fishing community, and somebody who really loves what she does. We're all lucky she's around...

  3. What's not to love? A Colorado lady and fisherman.

  4. Knowing now that her front teeth are not her own does little to change my exhalted opinion of Kara. She's awesome and I want her job.

  5. Great interview Kara! It's nice to know a little more about you and what makes

  6. Great interview! Glad to have gotten to know her a little bit better.