Please allow me to tell you a little about myself. I was born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Mountains in Southeastern Washington. A stone's throw from the Snake, Clearwater, and Grande Ronde Rivers, the little farming and ranching community of Pomeroy is home.
I spent my youth tagging along with my dad and grandpa hunting, fishing and learning the ways of the outdoors. My childhood dream was to be a cowboy. As a teenager and young adult, I got to play cowboy on my uncle's ranch in Enterprise, Oregon and for the Forest Service in the Umatilla District of the Blue Mountains.
This dream carried over into my adult years and there have been very few times when I haven't owned horses or a mule or two.
My best friend, a horse trainer and farrier by trade, and I have spent many a day sorting cows or wrangling a pack string on a trail somewhere in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, or Montana. I have also spent many hours exploring and fishing rivers throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho over the past 50 years. I guided fly fishers in Washington part-time for a couple of years before becoming a full-time guide on the Yakima River in the early part of 2000's. I now live outside of Twisp in a cabin overlooking the Methow River Valley and fish 250+ days a year. I enjoy tying flies and creating new and different patterns. Many of the bugs I use with guests are of my own creation. I enjoy hunting big game with a traditional bow and spending time with two of my best friends, Nik and Pepper, English Setters that love chasing upland birds and floating rivers.
My true passion in guiding is instructing, especially young anglers and beginning fly fishers. I spent two tours in Viet Nam in 1968 through 1970 and enjoy sharing my love for the outdoors with veterans through organizations like Project Healing Waters. I have a son and daughter, Clint and Marcie, who live in the lower Yakima Valley. They have blessed me with four beautiful grandchildren: Brooke, Emma, and Jacie.
Clint has been in the outdoors and fishing most of his life. He started tagging along with me at probably 3 or 4 years old. I can remember the time when he was just too young to go. I could hear him sobbing as I snuck out the door in the early morning hours, and it broke my heart. He started fly fishing at about 8 or 9 years old and has never put down the fly rod.
I had my first drift boat in 1987. It was a Slide-Rite that I had built. Clint and I drove all night to get to Eugene, OR to pick it up.
He was 11 years old, and needless to say it was the beginning of his next great passion and achievement; learning how to operate the sticks on a drift boat.
He is a river guide through and through. He loves floating wild rivers and taking people fly fishing. He has worked on the Yakima, Wenatchee, Grande Ronde, Klickitat Rivers, and fished many others. His first guide trip was when he took his cousin down Pataha Creek in Pomeroy, WA. They were both 7 or 8 years old.
He fly fishes for most anything that swims in fresh water; however, steelhead, trout, and smallmouth bass are at the top of the list. His greatest satisfaction comes from helping others learn about fly fishing. He has the true heart of a guide. He lives through his guests and loves to watch them catch fish or improve on their techniques. A day on the river with Clint is a great experience. He is a patient teacher, and his calm, quiet, easy going demeanor make him fun to spend the day with.
His greatest joy is his 10 year old daughter and my granddaughter, Brooke