Greetings, Times-News readers! My name is Jordan Rodriguez, and I’m thrilled to be joining the Magic Valley community as the author of a new, biweekly fishing column for the Times-News.

I’m sure some of you have questions. Like, who is this guy? Why should I read a fishing column? Or, could reading about fishing actually help me catch more fish? Well, keep reading, and you just might find out.

First, some background information: I’m 32 years old and I live in Boise. I grew up in Michigan (hence the lucky Tigers’ hats you’ll see in many of my photos), but I’ve been fishing Idaho waters for almost 20 years. Some of you might recognize me from my Fish Rap column for the Idaho Statesman in Boise. If so, thanks for reading! And don’t worry — there will be some crossover subjects, but my Times-News column will be all fresh content, tailored to a Magic Valley audience.

So why should you read this column? I’ll start with the most obvious answer: because you love fishing! I love fishing, and I love sharing stories, tips, tackle advice and all manner of anecdotes about my favorite hobby. But fear not, I promise not to get so in-the-weeds nerdy that we lose the non-diehards. And for those who worry about the newspaper guy spilling the local secrets, I don’t believe in giving turn-by-turn GPS coordinates to all the honey holes, either.

Some of you are probably thinking, “Ok, but I don’t really like to fish. What could I possibly gain from reading a fishing column?”

A few years ago, I wouldn’t have had a great answer for you. But some of my most loyal Statesman readers swear they’ve never picked up a fishing rod — they just like an entertaining read, which is something I try my best to provide. Who knows? Maybe one day, an article will give you just the motivation you need to give fishing a try. Or, if you prefer to fish vicariously through me, that’s cool too.

As for what you can learn from a fishing column, the answers are all over the spectrum. I do mix in occasional advice amongst my adventure-based articles, and I hope readers find it useful. Many of you probably know more about fishing than I do — fishing is the one sport in life that we keep getting better at the older we get.

I plan to focus most of my articles on general freshwater topics that can be useful no matter where you like to fish. I’ll mix in some Magic Valley-specific adventures to try, along with occasional destination trips in case you’d like to check out unique angling opportunities in other parts of our great state. But most of all, this column is about YOU! If there’s a fishing article you want to read, I want to write it. If you have questions, comments or feedback, send them my way.

I’m excited to begin this journey with you, Magic Valley. Thanks for reading, and keep those lines tight!

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