Getting to know Rebekka Redd.
Most of us strive to live in the “now.” We strive to forget the past, not to worry about the future, and to focus on living in the moment. Fishing, especially for big toothy fish like Payara, Barracuda, Pike and Tiger, pretty much demands it of you. Living in the moment is exactly where Rebekka Redd chooses to be. “When you’re casting, it keeps you thinking about the current moment and it’s soothing to the soul.”
Growing up in Ontario, Canada, Rebekka spent her days outdoors. Whether it was tending to the horses, hiking, sight-seeing, or fishing, she loved spending time with her family in the backcountry. There was something about the water that kept drawing Rebekka back to it. Rebekka’s brothers took her fishing for the first time when she was seven years old and “it was love at first sight.” It didn’t matter to her whether it was spin-casting, ice fishing, Bass, or Walleye, Rebekka loved the water.
That love quickly disappeared as a teenager when her brother was tragically killed. “He was my best friend and my mentor.” After stepping away from the lake for a little while, Rebekka discovered fly fishing. “It brought back the passion that my brother had ignited in me.” It’s in his honor and memory that Rebekka now fishes.
Rebekka dove head long into fly fishing, reading book after book to teach herself the ins and outs. The more she learned the more she fell in love with the sport. “It was challenging, artistic, intense, and most importantly, I could be my own person.” Rather than joining the popular gear-fishing trend that took over Ontario, she branched out to find herself in fly fishing. “I’ve always been a person that goes against the grain. I don’t really fit into the ‘typical norm.’”
Fly Fishing lets Rebekka express what she’s about. She shows her artistic side when tying her own flies. She’s a perfectionist when working on getting a tighter loop, a better cast, or better timing to set the fly in motion and land it in that perfect place—at the perfect time. Her intensity comes out when focused solely on the fish. And her passion when she’s most at home on the water. But passion without determination rarely takes you places in life, and given Rebekka’s fished all over the globe, one could argue tenacity and determination are some of her most valuable traits. From chasing fish in South America, Africa, Europe, and Australia, to garnering a worldwide following from TV and film appearances, photojournalism and her social media presence, Rebekka is doing what she does with a hell of a lot of gusto.
Her achievements are undeniable. Rebekka Redd is a world class fisherwoman catching countless fish on almost every continent. Her latest favorite fish she recently hooked was a Payara, also known as the "Vampire fish," caught in the wilds of Colombia. This species can reach weights over 30 pounds. The current International Game Fish Association World Record is 39 pounds on tackle, and she caught a world-record pending Payara on the fly.
To take her to remote lakes, through holes, divots, and rough terrain—all the while pulling her boat, Rebekka’s drives a 2017 Ford F150 Lariat. “I like the reliability of my truck, I don’t want to be on YouTube for mechanical failures.” Rebekka uses Husky Liners to protect her truck from the water, sand, mud, and muck. “I’m in and out of my truck a lot, I have soaking wet, dirty waders from the river, and my dog jumps in covered in sand. My truck is something I’ve invested in and I know it’s going to take good care of me for years to come. It needs to look good.”
What Say You? What’s your favorite fishing memory? Tips and Tricks.
I was fishing from a dock with my chocolate lab, Bailey. I turned away for a moment and my fishing pole went straight into the water! I could see it heading away from the dock so I told Bailey to fetch. She jumped in after it, swam out to get the pole and started back to shore with a big largemouth bass on the other end of the line!
My favorite memory was going down to the water at sun up with my mom to fish. Neither one of us wanted to take the fish off the hook so every time one of us would catch a striped bass, I would run the pole with the fish on it back to our camp, lean it against the side of the RV, grab a different pole and take it down to the water to fish. By the time my dad woke up he came out of the RV to find 8 poles leaning against the rig with fish dangling from the lines. Our family laughed about that trip for years!
My first time fishing with my “crush” and I was 12 years old. I caught a fish and tried to get it off the line. It was flopping around and I jumped up, tipping our row boat over and landed us in the middle of Wamplers Lake.
The best bait for me is an orange Blakemore Roadrunner jig with a live leech. It’s super sensitive with just a touch of flash.
My bait technique is just get a good piece of chicken liver on that hook to get some catfish!
We love to fish in the Spring. They bite during the spawn and it’s not too hot yet.