I grew up on a small tributary to the Clackamas River near
Estacada Oregon. At age 6 I started fishing and have never
stopped. I'm now 58 years young and have spent most all my spare
time fishing, just ask my wife! If not out fishing I read about
it all the time and learn of new places and methods, then go try
At age 14 my buddy and I were fishing together one day and while
waiting for our ride home and rolling rocks off a cliff someone walked off with our spinning
rods. Since we fished with fly rods too and had no money it was
fly fishing only from then on. The next 10 years I only fly
fished for everything - Trout, Steelhead, Salmon and Shad.
In my mid 20's I built a wood drift boat and that opened a whole
new world. I started with fishing plugs and next thing I knew I
was fishing eggs for Salmon! Now I fish all methods, from fly
fishing for Trout and Steelhead to trolling herring or anchor
fishing for Steelhead, Salmon and Sturgeon.
What I've discovered over the years is that IT IS ALL FUN!
Early in life I wanted to be a fishery biologist to be around
the fish and rivers more. After talking to a few guys in that
field and then hearing of the schedule of a firefighter I
realized the career of a firefighter would give me far more time
to fish! Also I had always wanted to do something in a job that
would make a difference in peoples lives. The fire service
definitely provided that opportunity.
It also provided a unique opportunity that has honed my boating
skills over the years. As a member of the water rescue team I
was trained as a rescue boat operator on a 21' jet sled. Over
the years I have both received and instructed hundreds of hours
of on the water boat training.
Now after 30+ years in the fire service I've recently retired
and am doing something I've always dreamed of and that's to
provide an opportunity for more folks to get out
and enjoy our great fishing here in Oregon. Many friends over the years have said the same
thing to me, "Joe, you should be a guide". I have always enjoyed
taking folks fishing and teaching what I've learned over the
years. I never tire of learning new things and passing them
along and certainly never tire of catching fish no matter the
If you're reading this then you too would rather be fishing and
I hope you will give me the opportunity to take you out on the