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Craig Oyler - Live on Main Street Square (Full Interview)

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. Craig likes fishing for anything that swims, but Pactola lake trout are by far his favorite. Craig’s passion for educating anglers led him to start Hooked on Hardwater, which partners 60 underprivileged boys from the Rapid City Club for Boys with 60 professional ice fishermen from across the country for a day of mentoring, fellowship, ice fishing, and fun. This interview is from a live storytelling event on Main Street Square in Rapid City, SD. Despite the equipment issues and venue noise, we had a great conversation. Enjoy!


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Craig Oyler - Don't bring a walleye rod to a laker fight

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. Craig likes fishing for anything that swims, but Pactola lake trout are by far his favorite. This is one of his favorite stories about fishing with a friend and equipment not up to the task of hauling in a Black Hills laker.


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Craig Oyler - Legend of Waypoint 107

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. Craig likes fishing for anything that swims, but Pactola lake trout are by far his favorite. He created some buzz in the fishing communities when he began referencing a "secret spot" as waypoint 107. Love everything about this story and the message behind it. Enjoy.


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Craig Oyler - Hooked on Hardwater

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. His passion for educating anglers led him to start Hooked on Hardwater, which partners 60 underprivileged boys from the Rapid City Club for Boys with 60 professional ice fishermen from across the country for a day of mentoring, fellowship, ice fishing, and fun.


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Craig Oyler - Fish Selfies

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. Craig likes to catch fish, and will keep them on occasion, but has something to say about a fishing trend that is getting way out of hand.


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Craig Oyler - Allure of the Laker

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. Craig likes fishing for anything that swims, but Pactola lake trout are by far his favorite. Here he talks about what makes Lake Trout fishing so fantastic for him.


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Craig Oyler - For the love of Ice Fishing

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. His passion for ice fishing, and the Black Hills, is second to none. This is why.


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Craig Oyler - 11-year-old guide

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. He started guiding his dad's friends when he was 11-years-old, and new right away that he wanted to fish all the time.


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Craig Oyler - Fishing Mentors

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. He's had many mentors along the way, and talks about some of them in this short story.


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Craig Oyler - First time ice fishing

Craig Oyler is a multi-season/multi-species angler who travels across the midwest chasing the next big bite. He remembers the first time his dad took him ice fishing, and remembers is fondly.


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Travis Swartz is Hank Patterson

Hank Patterson is a larger-than-life character who doesn't give a heck about anyone but himself.  Hank's a beer-drinking, fish catching, lady swooning machine...and he knows it.  That's the character that Travis Swartz gets to play in his videos.  In real life, he's a low-key guy with a past filled with comedy and fishing adventure.  We had a great conversation at the Alex Johnson in Rapid City.  I challenge you not to laugh during the discussion...pretty sure you'll lose.  Good luck!


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Black Hills Fly Fishers

David talks about an organization that he is very involved in and why it is important to the Black Hills of South Dakota.


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Dave's advice to new anglers

Dave Hanna has been fishing for a long time. He's learned a thing or two about what fishing can bring to a person, and how you can get the most out of your trip to the water. Thanks Dave!


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Dave Hanna's take on the Power of Fish Stories

Dave talks about how he'd like to be remembered, and what fish stories could mean for the fishing community. The power of Fish Stories!


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Alaska Willowbillies

Dave Hanna tells a story about fishing in Alaska when he learned about one of their methods of subsistence fishing...shotgun style.


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Importance of Black Hills Headwaters

David talks about the importance of water quality in the Black Hills and what it could mean to the amazing fisheries we know and love and the clean drinking water Rapid City residents enjoy.


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Fishing with Dr. Olson

David Hanna talks about getting into fly fishing and the man who helped teach him the ropes.


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Dave catching carp on the fly

Dave Hanna never thought he would catch carp on a fly rod. Now that he has, he's hooked!


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Nail in the Bullhead

David Hanna talks about his grandfather and his earliest fishing memory with him.


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Big City Attitude

David Hanna tells me one of his favorite fishing stories after telling us some of his nicknames.


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