- About trout trekker
- A second generation American of Swedish immigrant farmers and evangelists. Early years were spent fishing ( a family passion ) working the fields and with livestock. First paying jobs were as a ground fruit picker, working ranch & rodeo hand.
Moved very near one of the west coasts most productive striper flats by age 13, which put us near the coastal steelhead streams. That spelled the end.
The family maintained a cabin on the west shore of lake Tahoe and it’s there where my mind would wander, during those dreary winter days on the peninsula. First fished the Truckee River in ‘66 and no matter where life has lead us, coming back to her, is like coming home. I also believe its one of America’s most over hyped rivers, not nearly as tough a nut to crack as a long list of other waters.
Back to the Bio. I knew at a pretty early age that fishing wasn’t going to be just a past time for me. After the usual - “ get an education and a real job “ mandates were filled as a young man, I knew it was time to get the life I wanted started. I entered the fishing business as a wholesaler, then a manufacturer and guiding. Which lead to doing the consumer show and slide show circuit. Found out I had a flair for public speaking and working with groups of anglers. Had a couple of bright ideas for products that paved the way for my first fly shop. From there, I entered into a silent - working partnership with another, much larger fly shop that allowed me to pretty much write my own ticket. I ran with the fly fishing travel and educational part of the business for many years, those were excellent times. Over the years, there were more fly shops and product development projects.
As time went by, I started spending more and more time, developing tackle and techniques for overlooked or underutilized fisheries. With the influx of suburban expansion in the 80’s and 90’s most of those new residents had no idea what was lurking in the waters just a few minutes from their brand spanking new stucco mini-mansions.
Those fisheries are now well known, but still far underutilized.
One morning as I arose and walked towards the bathroom, I caught a glimpse of my old man in our bedroom mirror, as I remembered him when I was a youngster. He’d passed on a decade earlier and it struck me that it was time to go do something else - to let the next up and coming group of anglers lead the charge.
I’m in the resource management game now, an offshoot of that real job that I had before the lure of a working life in fishing took hold. That too has brought me back to the fly fishing arena at times, helping small business owners define and map out their businesses future. I still travel more than most, some years we’re on the road over two hundreds nights. No matter how far we travel, a fly rod is always nearby. Outside of that life, there’s the driven cyclist in me. Whether road or mt. biking, if the suns still up and I’m not hip deep in water, you’ll find me pedaling, somewhere in America.
Stay in motion, stay fit.
Now living along the banks of the Feather River, a short hop from the Blue Ribbon sections of the Yuba & Sacramento Rivers and about an hour or so out from the Truckee. This is Trout, Steelhead, Salmon, Shad and river run Striper country.
Thanks for stopping by, Trout Trekker ( Dave ).
- West Slope Sierra Range, CA.
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