Hackle & Hide
1975 – 1982
For my tenth birthday I was given fly tying lessons from famed Steelhead fly tyer, Dave McNeese. By the age of 12, my best friend, Glenn Young, and I started a fly tying company. We sold to as many as five sporting goods stores at a time, as well as to a core group of customers from the local fly fishing club. We even had both at some NW sports shows.
Glenn’s dad, Dez Young – from ‘Hunting with Hank’ fame, worked at an advertising agency at the time and had these cards made up for us. Years later, long after Dez had left the agency, I worked for the same agency during college as a Graphic Designer.
1980 – 1984
Cut my teeth on guiding and teaching fly fishing with my family and friends. Got braver and ran a handful of trips for a local shop, doing walk-n-wade trips, along with some float tube trips. Decided I needed a real career and gave it up to focus on College. The spring that I was finishing my undergraduate degree, Glenn invited me up to Portland, Oregon for the biggest annual sports show in PRI to meet some lodge owners that were interviewing for summer guide jobs.
So instead of going after a masters program offered to me, I headed off to remote Western Alaska for the summer instead.
1990 – 1992
Guided at the original Alaska West camp in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge at Fox Bar, on the incredible Kanektok (CHOSEN) River in Western Alaska. This was back when the founder, John Garry still owned and operated the camp. He had also founded and built the famed Bristol Bay Lodge.
Kamchatka Fishing Adventures
1993 – 1997
Thanks to my ol’ buddy George Cook of Sage Fly rods, I got to be a part of the first joint venture on the Kamchatka Peninsula, in the Russian Far East. I guided George at Alaska West in 1992 and also hung out with him at Sports Shows – like a groupie).
The first season started on April 18, 1993 on the Zhupanova River. I was able to stay after the clients left in late August and fish the river until the 15th of October to map out the Fall fishery.
The Russians liked my work ethic and wilderness skills and I was invited back for the next four seasons to guide and manage Cedar Lodge on the Zhupanova River.
The last two seasons I was able to manage my Russian staff without the aid of an interpreter, thanks to my new found language skills which were good enough to get me in trouble and good enough to get back out of it!
1991 [Fall], 1997 – 2020
Guided the Fall season after closing down the Alaska West camp in 1991. I would later rejoin Mission in the Fall of 1997, working year round in permitting, marketing, sales and logistics. Guiding and managing during the summer seasons.
Southern Chile Expeditions
1998 – 2000
Helped develop the fishing operations for South Chile Expeditions at both of their locations near Puerto Varas and La Junta. Besides exploring and sorting out the logistics in country, plus working on the sales and marketing for the first few seasons.
Ascension Bay Bonefish Club
2000 – 2015
Part owner, general manager of this great little club in the Yucatan Peninsula region of Mexico. Worked on sales and marketing year around and helped with projects and logistics and hosting onsite during the seasons.
The Lodge at Whale Pass
2003 – 2007
Re-Opened an abandoned lodge in SE Alaska and turned it into the first Fishing & Adventure lodge in the region. Worked with the Tongass National Forest to receive their first ever Eco-Tour Permit awarded in the Tongass.
Florida Keys Guiding
2008 – 2018
Given all of my other duties, my guiding in the Keys was just for Mission Lodge guest and their friends (aka. future Mission Lodge guests). Moved back out to Oregon in the summer of 2018.
2012 – Present
Helped sell Mission Lodge to the Bristol Bay Native Corporation as they entered into tourism. I worked with them to develop their tourism division, now known as Bristol Adventures, which is comprised of four remote lodges and a ‘bush’ flight service. I continued to work at Mission Lodge as the Operations Manager for another four years and now work in the Bristol Adventures Sales Department.