Growing up in Springfield Oregon, I took a liking to fishing at a very young age and spent countless weekends with my dad and uncle fishing trout in the High Cascade lakes as well as salmon trout and steelhead in the numerous rivers of the Willamette valley and Oregon coast. My dad and uncle frequently talked and dreamed of going to Alaska while I was growing up and I soon shared in that desire to see and fish Alaska. At 18 after a fishing trip to Oregon's Rogue River for Spring Chinook with my dad and friends I left Oregon driving north to Alaska with a few bucks in my pocket and a dream in my heart. Having never been to Alaska and not knowing anyone there or even what the country looked like other than what I had read or seen on television I studied maps of the area and announced to my family I would be heading to Sterling or Soldotna home of the Kenai River. I lived that summer out of the back of my truck and quickly fell in love with the Kenai Peninsula, its beautiful scenery and fabulous fishing. It was truly the last frontier! As summer ended and I made the drive south I knew I'd be back the following spring. That winter I counted the days and in May of 1998 with a new boat in tow I headed back to the Kenai, started a guide business and have been here ever since living my dream.