I spent my childhood chasing brown trout on the Weber River in the rodeo town of Oakley, UT. Being too small and wimpy to ride bulls I chose a different hobby, I would grab my fly-rod and hit the river. Not much has changed since those days! At one point in my job at Jan’s Mountain Outfitters my CEO invited me on a steelhead trip to a small town in B.C. and was a changed man. Never again would I look at fish the same way. Their determination to return home was unsurpassed. I wanted to be a part of their journey.
I devised a career plan and wanted to help in the recovery effort of these anadromous fish. I left my cushie job as a ski bum and manager at a fly shop and returned to school to pursue a degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at Utah State University. I am now a senior on the last leg of my educational journey. I work seasonally for the Utah DNR in Aquatics/Sportfish and have hopes of working directly with Anadromous fishes as a career in the near future.