James grew up in the foothills of Missoula MT, where he learned his love for the outdoors. At the age of 5, James began his life-long journey as an angler. At age 8, being asked by his father the question we all received, “James, what do you want to be when you get older? “, his response was, “A professional fisherman, an artist, and a musician.”  Today it is safe to say that James indeed has become all of those.

James’s rich desire to connect others to the outdoors has lead him on a continual adventure exploring the natural world as a river guide. Getting his feet wet in Maupin Oregon, James grew an unbreakable affinity to the all mighty wild steelhead. For the last 10 years and counting, James has been navigating the Pacific Northwest’s cold waters, in search of this illusive fish.

Well versed in the art of two-handed casting techniques, and 25 plus years of chasing wild fish, you can be certain to “catch” James’ infectious energy towards the rivers he loves, and the magical creatures that call those waters home.