New Fish

If you haven't been in the shop the last couple of weeks, you wouldn’t know, but there is something new lurking in its depths; it's me, Ben! I am fresh off an eight-month work hiatus where I left the corporate world to take a step back and allow myself to think and reflect on what truly makes me happy and how to incorporate that into what I do for a living. It was an easy conclusion for me to make. Standing in a river, rod in hand, talking fly fishing, and being around fly fishing, in general, is my happy place. So here I am, and I couldn’t be happier to have become part of the Royal Treatment family. 

I moved to Oregon ten years ago from Vermont, where I attended Green Mountain College. I grew up in upstate New York, a small town near Cooperstown, NY. If you’re into baseball you know Cooperstown, if not, you have no idea where Coopertown is. I was exposed to hunting and fishing as a young boy and was fortunate enough to readily have access to these pastimes right out my front door. When I was a junior or so in high school, my family took a trip to Montana, where my passion for fly fishing began to blossom. By no means was this a fishing vacation, unfortunately, but my father and I knew that between the dinner rehearsals and whatever else we were actually there for, we’d sneak out to explore and see what Paradise Valley had in store for us. I remember hooking into my first Montana fish on a fly rod, a mountain whitefish. I had no idea what it was. I knew it wasn’t a trout, but it didn’t matter. It was exhilarating. That was the moment that would have me standing riverside for years to come. 

I spent my college summers and post-college years raft guiding and whitewater kayak instructing on the Nantahala River in North Carolina and the Arkansas River in Colorado. Although I had picked up a fly rod in my earlier years and fished rivers in a few areas around the United States, it wasn't until I moved to Oregon that I truly immersed myself in the sport. Let's just say that steelhead, Spey casting, and the places these fish have taken me are why I have made the Pacific Northwest my home. 

In my first couple of weeks of working at Royal Treatment Fly Fishing I have learned an enormous amount about the RTFF family. I have had the pleasure of meeting a lot of great folks and have truly enjoyed the stories that you all bring. I look forward to meeting the rest of you and assisting you in your next river outing. That's all for now.



Benjamin Halay
29 Feb 2024
Karen Halay
Great story, Ben! Good for you for taking that leap of faith. Enjoy everything your new job and life {fly fishing} has to offer. Mom
29 Feb 2024
Andy Jensen
Welcome aboard Ben!! Cheers Andy..
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