I was born in the small town of Cortez in Southwest Colorado, where I developed an immediate love for the outdoors in the rural corner of the state. I grew up hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing, mountain biking and backpacking the mountains of the Southwest, and owe my interests in the outdoors to weekend camping and fishing trips with my mother, father, and brother that started earlier in my life than I can remember. My father first introduced me to fly fishing on high mountain streams at a young age, and I was able to further develop my skills with a fly rod through a National Outdoor Leadership School fly fishing trip in the Wind River range of Wyoming when I graduated from high school. After 30 days of backpacking and fishing the various lakes and streams of the range, my passion for fly fishing was set.
I carried my passions for the outdoors and fly fishing to Northern Colorado, where I spent four years studying business and economics at Colorado State University in Fort Collins while exploring the incredible rivers Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana have to offer. Upon graduation, I moved to Estes Park, where I spent two seasons guiding the Big Thompson River and the various streams and lakes of Rocky Mountain National Park. The seasonal nature of my work allowed me to take a couple of extended road trips to the Pacific Northwest with my girlfriend, Alex, one of which culminated in the hooking and landing of my first Wild Steelhead on the Swing.
My experiences in the Northwest were enough to convince me to explore a new part of the country full time, and the move from Colorado to Oregon was completed in December of 2017. Since the move, I have spent as much time as possible exploring various trout and Steelhead waters around Oregon, Northern California, and Washington. While Steelhead brought me to the Northwest I’ve been beyond excited to learn about the incredible trout fishing found in Central Oregon’s rivers and lakes, and feel extremely fortunate to be in one of the few areas in the lower 48 that holds good populations of native Rainbows. The Central Oregon fly fishing community has been extremely welcoming to me, and I look forward to continuing to meet and fish with the incredible anglers who live in and pass through the area.