Natalie Cullum

Manchester, Vermont
How long have you been fly fishing?
Two years.
Favorite fly-fishing partner
My dad, who got me into fly fishing. We share the same stoke, and truly enjoy each other’s company on and off the water.
Favorite water to fish
The Snake River near Boise, Idaho.
Favorite species to fish for
Cutthroat trout.
Bucket List
The Owyhee River in Oregon.
Top Three Fly Patterns
Blue-Winged Olive Parachute, Clouser Minnow, Stimulator.

Natalie Cullum

Fly Fishing came into my life a short two years ago. A friend of mine convinced me that fishing was something I needed to try. He took the time to show me the basics of casting, explained the evolution of flies, and by the end of the day I had caught a fish–sealing the deal that fishing is something I want to keep doing…all the time. My dad eventually passed down his rod and reel, and set me up with a pair of waders and boots, giving me access to water that I hadn’t had before.

Two years ago, when my love for fishing started, I was in the thick of my college career. Studying Outdoor Product Design and Development, I had the opportunity to explore the sport of fly fishing further, but on the product-design and -development side of things. My senior year, I ended up designing and making a pair of women-specific waders, which got me noticed by one of the designers at the Orvis Company. A couple of months later, I landed my dream job: becoming a product designer for Fish and Hunt for Orvis.

For me, fly fishing is a way to escape the hustle of life, enjoy nature, and connect with people on a deeper level. Fly fishing has changed the course of my adult life, and I truly appreciate all of the people and experiences it has brought me.