Matt Redhawk is the founder and CEO of My Patriot Supply. Providing a range of survival and preparedness products to a growing public, the company has achieved an amazing level of success in the past ten years. Matt Redhawk is not only an entrepreneur, but he is also an author and filmmaker. Together with his business dealings, Redhawk believes in living off the grid. He has made a homestead in the wilderness of Idaho, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
Redhawk focuses on providing safe and affordable solutions for families and individuals who are concerned about the possibility of a natural disaster or another disruptive event.
Matt advises others on business and preparation topics alike through public speaking. He has also mentored many other beginning entrepreneurs, helping their companies achieve success in highly competitive environments. He is particularly interested in helping new entrepreneurs learn to manage their money, believing that solid financial foundations are the key to success in this economy.
Matthew believes in the value of teamwork in building a solid business plan. He encourages his mentees to build productive business relationships with their employees, customers, and investors. With proper education and follow-through, business owners can find success in their own chosen fields.
What is your hobby?
My hobby is fly fishing.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
When I was younger, my grandfather loved to fish. I often tagged along on his fishing trips, and I spent a lot of happy days by a river or stream. As my life became more stressful, I decided that I needed an outdoor hobby to keep myself from feeling too cooped up in the office. I bought some elementary fly-fishing gear and decided to teach myself.
Tell us what you love about it.
It was frustrating to learn by myself at first, but I quickly came to love the sport. I love the quiet in the woods. It’s amazing to be by yourself in the wilderness and to feel such a connection with nature. I also believe in living off the land as much as possible, so I always appreciate a fresh fish when I can get it.
Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
Not really, though I have been encouraged to join a local hunting and fishing club. I just don’t have the time right now to devote to joining such a group. Fishing is my “me” time and I sneak away whenever I can.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
Fly fishing doesn’t require much of an investment — a fly rod, some waders, and flies — but the prices can add up quickly. Whenever I’m in a fly shop, I lose myself looking for the perfect flies for my next fishing trip. I’ve learned to tie my own flies, both for fun and to save money with the sport. I have recently bought a new pair of waders because you can’t cut corners when the entire lower half of your body is in freezing cold Idaho waters. I have also recently replaced my old fly rod.
Where do you buy most of your supplies?
I buy most of my supplies at a local fishing shop. I have bought some things online, but it’s nice to be able to handle the merchandise yourself before buying it. I know this is ironic coming from someone whose major income source is online sales, but each method of buying gear has its advantages.
Are there any good books for beginners?
There are many great books that can get you started with fly fishing. My favorite is “Fly Fishing for Beginners” by Chris Hansen. It explains some of the confusing topics in fishing and keeps you from getting bogged down in any one area of the sport.
How has this changed your life?
I am constantly on the go, and fishing forces me to slow down and enjoy the moment. I have a lot of demands on my time, between the businesses, my film work, my writing, and spending time with my family. It’s given me a way to unwind and to enjoy the wilderness as it was meant to be enjoyed. As my daughters grow up, I hope to introduce them to the sport. I want to share the feeling of peace with them.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
When you’re just starting out, fly fishing can be incredibly frustrating. Spend some time teaching yourself to cast on dry land before you try it in the water. Try to stay away from trees and overhanging wires or you’ll get caught. Trust me, you don’t want to do that. If you can, find a local friend who can give you some pointers in person. I learned by myself, and it was a challenge to be sure.
Are there any other hobbies you have?
I also love to grill. I have been practicing smoking meat and I think I’m getting good at it. My wife is always happy when I can do the cooking.