After a decade of guiding with Fly & Field in Bend, I love guiding and spey casting instruction more with every passing year. There is not an office in the world that is more beautiful and am awestruck and appreciative every day. Over the last decade, the guests that I have had the privilege to guide unrelentingly amaze me. I have guided guests from every walk of life and every continent on this beautiful blue marble. I have seen people cry with joy and giggle uncontrollably with happiness. Some guests have turned into lifelong friends, some have turned into colleagues, and some have found a greater appreciation for the sport and the rivers that we get a chance to wade.

I’ve been a part of many wonderful experiences, been lucky enough to watch people catch their first fish, catch their first wild steelhead, and catch their first rock. The rocks don’t fight hard, but man do they put a bend in a rod! I have performed weddings, salvaged sinking boats, and seen bighorn sheep stand tall on rock ledges, just like on the national geographic channel.

The rivers and streams that we fish and guide have changed and I’m no different. I’ve changed from being described as so excited to catch fish that I would “giggle like a school girl” into being just as, or more excited about watching guests catch fish. Don’t get me wrong, I still really love to catch fish! Our guests have taught me as much or more as I have been able to teach them. I have learned valuable lessons through this beautifully artistic medium.

We talk about the experience of our guided adventures, and words cannot convey the “real” meaning of the experience that we provide. I love instructing guests that are ready to have an experience that will change the way that they think about the fish, our sport, and the outdoors. I’m always looking forward to our next fishing experience!

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