“I taught myself how to fly fish as a young man, you know, high school and did a lot of fishing in the Sierras. You know, I was in California, I grew up in California, I went to high school in California, we go to Yosemite to go fly fish. I mean, can you imagine that?…Because the company I was working for in Irvine actually relocated to Phoenix and I came here, and I was somewhat lost. And I started looking for places to go fishing. So I started out with some small lakes and you get nothing but bluegill. And occasionally you get a small mouth bass. But amazingly, the fly rod is still applicable. You know, for little things like that. And later on, I started going to the northeastern side of Arizona, where you can start catching the Apache Trout. And then recently, by the way, it was an accident, the big Gila trout that you saw me holding—that’s the size of my forearm— and it came out of creek in Sedona.” — Arizona Representative Quang Nguyen

In Episode 294 of District of Conservation, Gabriella sits down with Arizona State Representative Quang Nguyen—a first-term lawmaker representing Arizona House of Representatives Legislative District 1. Nguyen was born in communist Vietnam and fled to the U.S. with his family. He was dubbed NSSF’s 2021 Arizona State Lawmaker of the Year and also serves as president of the Arizona State Pistol and Rifle Association. When not working in the state legislature, he spends his time fly fishing for trout. Tune in to learn about Rep. Nguyen’s legislative work!

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Connect with Rep. Nguyen on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Rep. Nguyen Election Website

Rep. Nguyen’s Legislative Website

NSSF Names 2021 Arizona State Legislator of the Year 

AZ Senate Bill 1382 

Arizona State Pistol and Rifle Association

Arizona Trout: Gila

Photo Credit: Gila Trout / Quang Nguyen



  • Gabriella Hoffman

    Gabriella Hoffman is a Media Strategist and Award-Winning Outdoor Writer. She hosts the "District of Conservation" podcast and CFACT's original YouTube series "Conservation Nation." Learn more about her work at www.gabriellahoffman.com