Native cutthroat and steelhead water on a coastal rainforest stream

About This Site

This webpage is all about fly fishing for native salmonids, which include trout, salmon, char and their relatives. These fish exhibit an incredible amount of biodiversity and I have done my best to document it here. While there are numerous books and websites with illustrations and information on trout and salmon, there are relatively few that include actual photographs. On my trout and salmon page I have compiled pictures as well as information on species and subspecies of trout and salmon that I have caught. My blog features the adventures behind collecting these photographs, as well as news about the native trout populations and their conservation. This site also features information on a variety of fly fishing destinations, as well as tying instructions for some of my favorite flies. All of the pictures on this page were taken by me or my friends unless otherwise stated. It is my hope that this site will help to raise awareness of the biodiversity found in our native salmonids and the threats that they are facing, so that we may be better stewards of these beautiful fish.

Me with a native coastal rainbow trout caught as part of a research project

About me

Fishing has been a part of my life for about as long as I can remember. I have lived in the Puget Sound region of Washington State in the USA for my entire life and as such I have been fortunate to be surrounded by amazing fishing oppurtunties. In 2003 I started my quest to catch and photograph as many native trout and salmon as possible and I continue to purse this quest to this day. My passion for native trout has been a driving force in my life, and has led me to purse a career as fisheries researcher and biologist. Between 2013 to 2017 I attended the Univesity of Washington and did my Master's degree research on the interactions between resident rainbow trout and juvenile steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Currently, I am fisheries scientist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Updates

This site and its companion blog will be updated periodically, so be sure to check back from time to time.

  • July 19, 2021: I have updated the Coastal Rainbow Trout page with new pictures, updated information on their status and life history and new interactive google maps of their native range. I have also added the Interior Bull Trout, St. Joe Westslope Cutthroat, North Fork Clearwater Westslope Cutthroat, Clearwater Headwaters Westslope Cutthroat, Salmon River Westslope Cutthroat and Missouri River Westslope Cutthroat to the Trout and Salmon Page
  • June 24, 2021: I have added the Pit River Redband and Klamath Lakes Redband to the Trout and Salmon Page (write up to be added shortly). Additionally, I added new pictures an updated write up and an interactive map to the Chewaucan Basin Redband Trout page.
  • June 17, 2021: I have updated the Goose Lake Redband Trout and Warner Valley Redband Trout pages with new pictures, updated information on their status and life history and new interactive google maps of their native range.
  • June 15, 2021: I have added the Eagle Lake Rainbow Trout to the Trout and Salmon Page (write up to be added shortly). Additionally, I added an interactive map to the Apache Trout page.
  • April 2, 2021: I have updated the Harney-Malheur Basin Redband Trout and Catlow Valley Redband Trout pages with updated information on their status and life history and a new interactive google map of their native range.
  • April 2, 2021: I have updated the McCloud River Redband Trout page with updated information on their status and life history and a new interactive google map of their native range.
  • March 18, 2021: I have added a page for the White River Redband Trout.
  • January 31, 2020: I have updated the Apache Trout page with updated information on their status and life history.
  • January 26, 2020: I have updated the Alvord Cutthroat Trout page, with new information on the status of these fish.
  • Octobrer 16, 2019: I have updated the Willow-Whitehorse Basin Cutthroat page with additional pictures from a recent trip, updated information on their status and life history and a new interactive google map of their native range. I have also updated the Pink Salmon page with additional pictures.