I caught my first trout on a fly in the year 2000 and have been a fishing bum ever since. In that time, I have evolved into a well-rounded angler in both salt and freshwater. After traveling to many exotic fishing locations I have come to release that the trout and steelhead of my youth will always be my favorite species to chase.
After catching my first steelhead, I knew immediately that this fish would change my life. The obsession was instantaneous. Well over a decade later, my obsession with steelhead, and now Salmon, has only intensified. With each passing season, I have explored new river systems from California to the Canadian border and met many shiny friends along the way.
This steelhead obsession began on the banks of Northern California's Trinity River- a fine place to catch a steelhead. Feeling the fight of a steelhead 170 miles from salt made me consider: what would these fish fight like when you are catching them on the day's tide, breathing in the salty air? To find out, I set off downriver, flyfishing deep into the tidal waters of the coastal streams of the western United States. I have been rewarded with many encounters with these tail-walking acrobats. I would like to show you what my obsession is all about.