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I’m not sure if I had a choice in the matter but one thing is for sure; this love affair with fishing is in my blood! Growing up in Southern California with five siblings, the motor home was always loaded and ready for the next fly fishing adventure! Most of my earliest memories are of camping and fishing with my family. Whether it was firing up the bass boat and flying across one of Southern…

My passion for fishing began early. As a boy I fished the shores of San Francisco Bay every chance I had. We fished for food. It would be years before I discovered fishing purely for fun. In my late-teens I ventured to one of the lake on Mt Tamalpais with my ugly stick and box of lures. It was there I was properly exposed for the first time to the poetic beauty of fly fishing….

“Just don’t touch the reel!” was the first bit of fishing advice my father ever gave me. I was no more than 5 or 6 years old, and the youngest of 4 children. My dad knew all to well how quickly a 5 year old could turn a perfectly good Mitchell 300 spinning reel into nothing more than a tangled lump of monofilament and metal. “Just back up until the fish is on the bank”…

Being born and raised in Central Oregon, I never really stood a chance of resisting all things outdoors. At the age of nine I was spending all my free time riding my bike down to the Deschutes and other local streams in hopes of catching some feisty trout. My passion for fly fishing would only grow as I started my first job in a fly shop at age of seventeen. My career as a guide…

Fishing has been a part of my life going back as far as I can remember. At first it was something that was simply one of my favorite past times and something that I had a very keen interest for. Somewhere around the age of ten I picked up my first fly rod, a 6’ 3wt, and I began fishing for small mouth bass and trout. This was the exact moment that my life changed,…

For myself, my family moving to Bend, Oregon has been the world’s biggest blessing and, in a way, almost a curse. Coming from Mercer Island, Washington in the Seattle area you could say Bend was a little less structured, maybe a bit more laid back and to myself as an 8th grader a wonderland of a never ending playground, that has kept me exploring since day one. From as far back as I can remember…

After growing up in the rainy Willamette Valley, I fell in love with Central Oregon on my first visit, and have been here ever since. The initial draw was the mountains and snow, but about four years ago my life changed. I had moved into a house which had a gate opening on to the Deschutes River Trail, and my longtime friend who fished left me his spare fly rod. This was in November, so…

Hailing from the greater Chicagoland area, I found my love for fishing a fly later than many. Moving to Bend, Oregon after graduating from the University of Montana, my intention was to ski bum it for just one year.  That plan went to pot when I began working in live music production, dividing my time between Les Schwab Amphitheater here in Bend, traveling to various venues around the state, and snowboard instruction at Mt Bachelor….

My two passions in life are teaching and fishing. So it stands to reason that I’d end up a schoolteacher and a fishing guide. I’m blessed to be able to educate my students in the classroom and clients on the water. I was born in Tennessee and grew up in family of avid fishermen. When I was 9 my father decided that he and I would take up fly fishing, and I instantly fell in…

Fishing really became the biggest part of my life while serving in the United States Navy. I was fortunate enough to be attached to Marine Corps units during my 5 year in enlistment. While I was stationed in North Carolina, my Marines and I would fish as much as we could, usually 7 days a week. We would search our maps for water, hop on the water and fish for bass and other warm water…

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