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James Sampsel


James grew up in the foothills of Missoula, Montana, where he learned his love for the outdoors. At the age of 5, James began his life-long journey as an angler. At 8 years old, 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 has become all of those.

James’s rich desire to connect others to the outdoors has led 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 almighty wild steelhead. For the last 10 years, James has been navigating the Pacific Northwest’s cold waters, in search of this elusive 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.