My name is Jason Mattick and I just became a member of the 2014 Pro Fly Angling Tour. Being selected for the world’s first fly fishing professional tour is an exciting opportunity for me and my family! This will be an amazing journey in my life as I train and compete with some of the world’s top fly anglers, and meet tons of cool folks along the way.
My story is simple, one of an everyday regular guy. I was introduced to fly fishing on my grandpa’s dock in Vermont at age 13. From there, I fell in love with the sport. I am a high school teacher, father, and husband from Reno, NV that has a passion for fly-fishing. Up to this point, I have been a recreational angler, spending my weekends and summers on the river. However, I have always wanted to take my skills to the next level. I love to compete and do my very best to be the best! I don’t have years of competition experience and the fly fishing industry doesn’t know my name. I took a risk and applied for the PFA Tour. The selection committee liked my story and my approach to this challenge and offered me the chance of a lifetime. However, that is not what this journey is about. It’s about my family and friends I surround myself with that will help me make this dream become a reality. It’s about the people I meet and work with along the way. It’s about balancing my schedule of being a dad, husband and a high school math teacher, while training for my first competition in the summer of ’14. It’s about the experience of becoming a professional fly angler. And, if I find myself as a top 10 finisher in the end of all this, that’d be an added blessing.
I have lived in Reno for 15 years and spend most of my fishing time on the Truckee River. I love my family! I have been married to my amazing wife, Allison, for 3 years. My kids are the best! My son, Kailer, is two and a half and joins me on many fishing trips. There is nothing better than Kailer yelling “Fish on Daddy, fish on. Get the net!” When he is riding on my back in his backpack. My daughter, Kiena, is 9 months old and her smile brings us joy daily. She will steal anyone’s heart with her eyes and smile. She had her first fishing experience at 8 months old (profile pic).
As a Nature’s Bakery Ambassador, my life parallels the message behind the brand, energy for life’s great journey. NB’s bars and community will help fuel me for the epic journey that I am taking with my wife, kids, coaches, friends and other competitors. Along the way there will be lots of fishing and non-fishing moments that I look forward to sharing with the NB community. I have gained the support of and am representing other companies such as: Glacier Glove, Mountain Khakis, Spy Optics, William Joseph and Loon Outdoors. Thanks for taking your time to learn about me. See ya on the river!
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… Hard Work and Dedication Pay Off
December 16 2014