Jay Clementi - Cumberland TU President, Guide & GameFair Fly Shop Manager
Come learn about the hidden gems of fly fishing in Middle Tennessee at the next TU meeting featuring Jay Clementi, President of the Cumberland Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
He'll share some of his
wisdom and the experience he
has learned in over ten years of guiding.
On Becoming a Fishing Guide…
Just how does one become an experienced fishing guide?
Is it in your DNA when you're born or does it come from a lifelong passion for fishing and living a life of preserving natural resources?
I think when I tell you Jay
's story, you'll agree that it arises from a deep fervor inside for the sport combined with "…a passion for leaving the environment just a little better than you found it," according to Jay.
Born in Denver Colorado, Jay grew up fly fishing with his father beginning when he was 8 yrs old.
youth, they frequently fished the South and North Platte Rivers.
During summers and other break times, he
stayed on his
aunt and uncle's ranch fishing the San Juan River in New Mexico.
At the tender age of 10-11, he learned to tie flies under the watchful tutelage of Bob's Bait and Tackle in Denver.
Throughout high school, he
was active in sports, especially football.
talents led to a football scholarship at the University of Northern Colorado
graduated in 1995.
Despite a busy schedule with athletics and studies, he
fished almost every weekend.
Throughout school breaks and summer months, he
frequently ventured to Montana with his
father to fly fish the many rivers of the state.
During college, Jay
developed an interest in music.
In the summer of 1995, he
moved to Cooke City, Montana, at the eastern entrance to YNP-Yellowstone National Park, where he
met up with his
lifelong friend, Chad Olsen (April TU Speaker.) At night, Jay
played music in local establishments, but fished during the day on nearby Slough Creek and in the Lamar Valley.
In order to continue living his
tied flies for Arrick's Fly Shop in West Yellowstone.
music and songwriting abilities continued to take him back and forth to Nashville.
After two years of reflection, in 1997, Jay
made the move to relocate to Nashville and further his
On a personal note, he
was engaged to Heather, and they soon married.
After their arrival in Nashville, he
had heard about a small fly shop near Vanderbilt
grew up fly fishing with his
father beginning when he
was 8 yrs old.
Soon after acquiring a taste for striper fishing, Jay
began developing flies targeted for stripers drawing upon skills learned at home
as a child, tying original flies for trout.
Jay hooked up with John Allen of Game Fair, Ltd in 1999 and began his guide service as an Orvis Endorsed Guide while managing the fly shop.
After Gary had caught a 19" rainbow, Jay
took this opportunity to communicate the reasons and rationale for slot limits on the Caney Fork River.
Please come and welcome Jay Clementi
at our next TU meeting at Le Peep Restaurant on Monday, May 15, 2006 (directions on page 2 in the News Reel).