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.
Having barely cast a spinning rod in my childhood, I discovered fly fishing through a close friend I met as a snowboarding client. I was soon wandering around central Oregon , borrowed gear in hand. This evolved into chasing our finned friends wherever I might find them. From Pike and Largemouth in the Midwest to Permit, Tarpon, and Bonefish in Ascension Bay; fly fishing has become part of who I am. I count myself quite lucky to be a member of the Fly and Field team and to call Central Oregon, with it’s many salmonid species, my home.
I believe every trip to the water is special in it’s own way. The location, the wildlife, the fish themselves; all play a role for me. It is a way to align with nature, to insert ourselves into the ecosystem under the guise of fur and feather, and let everything else fall away. This feeling can be difficult to describe to some and I consider it a great privilege to share these experiences with others while calling it a day’s work.