Wednesday, January 23, 2013

20 Questions: Dave Hosler

Dave Hosler
Dave Hosler is a fly tying innovator. Take one look at his site, Pile Cast Fly Fishing, and you'll see that the creativity behind the flies at the vise likely gets its genesis from Dave's unpredictable personality--the dude has an eclectic taste when it comes to music, his photography is unique ... oh, and he's a bass angler.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

I love me some bass, too. But Dave's got bass on the brain. His flies are clearly meant to incite ... to irk. Bass are easily excited, and Dave's flies seem to do the trick well enough.

I also think Dave's compensating--his job title is "systems administrator." For what little excitement that title inspires (and I'm just guessing--it could be the best job out there, save for the wardrobe manager at the Ba-da-bing!), it would seem Dave does his best to make up for it at the vise. He's an artist, really. A fly tying visionary.

Get to know Dave a bit, and if you ever need a killer smallie fly, you know where to go. On with the questions.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? 
A small creek full of big, hungry smallmouth.

What is your greatest fear? 
Going blind.

Which historical figure do you most identify with? 
These days, Ghandi.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?  

What is the trait you most deplore in others? 
Greed followed by a big ego.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? 
I speak in hyperbole constantly, so I use amazing, awesome, and awesomeness a lot.

What is your greatest regret? 
Not graduating college maybe? Not becoming a porn star probably tops that though.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? 
My wife. She has put up with me since we started dating in 1998. She deserves a medal and a vacation somewhere nice.

Which talent would you most like to have? 
I'd like to be able to play the guitar.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? 
When my folks said they were proud of me. I was kind of a shiftless screw up for many years.

tampon, Dave Hosler, Pile Cast, fishing flies
Dave... in a future life.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? 
My luck? A tampon. I'd prefer to come back as someone with money. I could help folks and shirk responsibilities to go fishing.

What is your most treasured possession? 
In 1960, my great grandfather participated in a Metropolitan Miami Fishing Tournament and I have his award for successfully catching and releasing a fish. Never met him, but any dude who did catch and release in the 60s, I'm sure I'd like a lot.

Where would you like to live? 
Michigan I think. It sorta covers the gamut of fishing for me.

Who are your favorite writers? 
I'm a nerd, so Nathan Long and William King. Jack Yeovil and R. A. Salvatore. I read a lot of fantasy books. I like reading about fly fishing, but I'd rather do it myself than read about it.

How would you like to die? 
Blowing out the candles on my 100th birthday cake. Just straight up drop dead in the cake. But if I'm too old and can't fish anymore, push my wrinkled ass off a cliff.

What’s on your iPod? 
Dave Hosler, Pile Cast, fishing flies
Cast as Dave Hosler in
"Pile Cast: The Movie"
Watsky, Lenny Lashley, Bad Religion, Blaq Poet, R.A. The Rugged Man, Vizion, h2o, and Dave Brockie Experience.

What’s the favorite of all the cars you’ve ever driven? 
My old 2002 Subaru WRX wagon. I miss that car.

Which actor/actress would play you in the movie about your life, and why? 
Keanu Reeves. I say whoa a lot.

What’s your favorite guilty pleasure? 
I really don't think I have one. I'll admit to anything in front of anyone. Except the cops. Never open your mouth in front of cops. Ever.

What’s the closest you’ve ever been to dying? 
Many years ago I was jumped and got slashed across my chest and hand with a knife. Got two scars to remind me. Maybe that?

BONUS QUESTION: If you could go back in time, what year would you visit first? I would have to just hit random and see where I end up.


  1. WHoa~
    I am sure the world is a better place when you are sitting at a vise,
    rather than competing for pole position with Ron Jeremy~ just sayin.'
    Tight Lines~
    someday we fish for bronzebacks~

  2. At the rate I'm having to change my lens prescription, that's my biggest fear, too. And tampon!? You're a Hoot, Dave, a hoot. Great interview.

  3. I know that in a future life Dave and I will be great friends. I'll be the tampon to your right Dave. Seriously, I've had the pleasure of seeing Dave's works of art first hand when I won a bunch of his flies. All I could say was this guys got some skills.

  4. This one was fun to do, for sure. I guess I need to get a little more serious about fly fishing for bass if I'm ever going to get to fish a Hosler original...

  5. Hah...I made my wife read the tampon question. Good stuff.

  6. Another Salvatore reader. Excellent! Great interview.

  7. I don't recognize any of the bands on his iPod. Did he just make them up?

  8. Awesomeness stuff. Dave, I want to hear more about getting jumped, and what happened to the other guy?

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