How did you first get into outdoor recreation? Into fishing?
“I got into outdoor recreation because I graduated from college right into the middle of the pandemic. With slim pickings in the job market, I ended up moving to Jackson, Wyoming to work at an outdoor gear store.
As for how I got into fishing, my cousin took me up to a secret lake in the Wind River Range in Wyoming. The lake was quite literally not marked on the map and I was told if I disclosed the location of said spot we would no longer be family. My cousin who is 60 now, has been coming to this lake for years and says that it's the finest fishing he’s ever seen. He’s right - honestly you could’ve fished with a cheeto and caught something. I ended up catching 14 three inch Bookies. Probably just caught the same fish a bunch of times…”
My craziest Alaska story started with…
“It all started when my boyfriend Abel and I tried to save money on a water taxi by crossing Kachemak Bay in Homer with our own (unreliable) raft. Early on in our misadventure, Abel broke the raft motor after trying to “catch air” to get over some rocks while going up a river. After a harrowing whitewater journey down said river with nothing but sticks for paddles, we arrived soggy and dejected back in the bay. A whale breached right next to us adding to the ~drama~. After the whale excitement subsided we realized we had somehow got a puncture in the raft and it was leaking air. Ashamedly, we called a water taxi to come pick us up and got charged $200 for the surprise trip. Sincerest apologies to the town of Homer for the chaos…”
Three years ago, where would you have envisioned yourself?
“Three years ago, I was frantically applying for internships in Washington DC and skinning hogs at the on-campus meat processing center at Michigan State for $9.13 an hour. If you had asked me back then what I would be doing in 2022, I probably would have said wearing khaki pants and working a 9 to 5 job in a big city somewhere. If Carhartt counts as khaki pants and if Anchorage counts as a ‘big city’ I guess that prediction lined up…?”
What is your favorite part of your job at Fishe Wear?
Packing orders and seeing what products our customers are liking.
Getting to learn about the operations of a small business.
✨Bothering my supervisor, Libby✨
Something you may not know about me...
“I once won a CrossFit competition in Ecuador. I had never done CrossFit before and I kept doing the exercises wrong and getting yelled at in Spanish.”
Authors note: Micah does in fact prefer to go by the name “chica fuerte” ;)