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Please welcome Grace Cier to the ASI team
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Grace Cier

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I was born in a small ski town in Park City, Utah. I grew up competitively skiing in freestyle moguls, and was always in the mountains. I became a ski coach for the Missoula Freestyle Ski Team in Missoula, Montana where I also attended school at the University of Montana.



I met my boyfriend, Lane, in Missoula and he took me fly fishing on one of our first dates. I had fly fished a few times with my dad prior to this date, so I at least knew what it was, but I definitely wasn’t any good at it. He took me to what is now my favorite place to fish, on this small creek by his parents house. He was showing me how to cast and where to cast and what to use, and he kept catching trout after trout. He made it look so easy! So then I gave it a go… and I casted over and over and over again - nothing. Not one hit. I was getting very frustrated. Then Lane laughed and told me to look around and admire the fact that we were in the most beautiful place in the world, with nothing around us but running water, fish, mountains and trees. I took a deep breath in, casted, and hooked into a beautiful brown. That is when the addiction started.

To me, like many other passionate anglers, fly fishing is what I do and where I go to get away from the rest of the world. I get to be alone, and think about nothing but the fly on the water in front of me, and the fish swimming beneath me. It calms me down, and I look forward to it more than anything else in the whole world. It makes me so unbelievably happy! What could be better than standing in the most beautiful rivers, in the prettiest of places, and spending a few fleeting moments with the most amazing and fascinating creatures on earth? Nothing. Fly fishing has taken me to some of the coolest places I have ever been. It pushes me to explore the unknown, to places I never even knew existed. It is one of life’s greatest treasures. There is never a day that goes by where I don’t think about it. I dream about it, and wish I could go every single day for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, work keeps that from happening. Big bummer.

Being an angler from Montana, my fly fishing expertise is in river trout. I am very familiar with all things trout! I know a little bit about salmon fishing, but definitely have a lot to learn! The same goes for steelhead. I am very eager to learn more about salmon fishing while in Norway this fall. It will be a blast.

My best magic moment in fly fishing was this past summer. Lane and I were fishing at our favorite spot in Montana for several hours. We fished the same spot and never moved because we knew there was a big trout somewhere in there calling our names. It was getting super late and really dark so we couldn’t even see our flies anymore. We decided to call it a night after catching zero fish, and both of us started taking our rods apart. As I was taking down my rod, a fly fell off of my hat that I had forgotten I put there a few days earlier. It felt like fate, so I just needed to try it. I put my rod back together and tied on my new fly - a tiny blue-wing olive. I did one last cast as Lane was walking back to the car, and of course, I got a hit! I yelled for Lane to come back, and heard him burst out laughing. I landed a big, beautiful brown. It was so rewarding and the fish was so beautiful. It was the fish of a lifetime. I will never forget that night.

I joined the ASI team because I love their story. I think it is so cool that Robert came up with the design of this rod so that he was able to continue his love and passion for fly fishing. I too am a designer, so I was very intrigued by these rods. I also joined the team because I love adventure, and Arctic Silver is all about adventure! We get to go explore places I would have never dreamed I’d get to go to. I love the family dynamic of the team, and that I get to fly fish and become friends with people from all over the world. I couldn’t ask for a better experience, and I am so excited to see Arctic Silver grow, and know that I was apart of something great.


Grace Cier