If asked to identify his strengths as a guide, Bob would probably say patience, experience, enthusiasm, a deep understanding of local rivers and the innate ability to alter his guiding/teaching style to fit the needs and personality of the client (he’s also been told he’s a “natural teacher” with a pretty decent sense of humor). After catching his share of fish over the years he now finds that the most rewarding days on the water come when he witnesses, and hopefully influences, the success of others as they catch their first, biggest or most fish. On those rare days when few fish are caught (it happens) clients will leave the river with the basic skills and knowledge for those times when the fish are more cooperative. In 2007, after a lot of study and preparation, he earned his FFF Casting Instructor certification. He has since taught hundreds of men, women, and children and witnessed many an “ah-ha” moment as they executed their first successful cast and beyond.
Bob was introduced to fly fishing decades ago, learning the basics and nuances of this wonderful, life-long pursuit on the challenging waters of the Upper Sacramento and McCloud Rivers, Hat Creek and the many other rivers and lakes of the Mt. Shasta area in Northern California. His big break came in 1995 when he was fortunate enough to move his family to Bend, where he continues his pursuit of anything that swims on the many beautiful rivers and lakes here in our own backyard.