About

As a young kid growing up in Baltimore, MD, a few fishing ventures to a small, urban pond with Largemouth Bass and Bluegill in it sparked a strong passion in me for fishing and a life centered around the water. After contemplating the fishing guide life, I ultimately decided to follow a career path in Fisheries Research and Science. This led me to complete a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Towson University, MD and a Masters Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from Frostburg State University, MD before moving to Oregon to pursue a career in Fisheries Research.

For over 15 years I have worked as a Fisheries Research Biologist with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). First, monitoring abundance and distribution of Summer Steelhead in the John Day River Basin before moving to the northern Oregon Coast in 2006 to conduct research on adult and juvenile salmon and steelhead in the Nehalem and Tillamook River Basins for the Salmonid Life Cycle Monitoring (LCM) project. On any given day on the LCM project you could find me standing in the pouring rain tagging Coho Salmon at one of our adult fish traps, marking juvenile Fall Chinook Salmon captured in one of our rotary screw traps, conducting a Winter Steelhead spawning survey out of a pontoon boat, or in the office making fish abundance estimates or writing reports. Unfortunately, a shortage in Oregon State General Fund dollars resulted in the elimination of this position in June, 2017. More recently, I have continued my work with ODFW on a Chum Salmon Reintroduction project in the Lower Columbia River based out of Big Creek Hatchery near Astoria, OR.

In my free time there is a good chance you will find me with fly rod in hand on a coastal river or bay frequented by chrome bright salmon or steelhead. Also, with me will be my GoPro Hero 5 camera to capture underwater fish behavior and my Canon 80D EOS camera to document the beautiful landscapes and coastal waterways of Oregon’s North Coast. This website highlights my passions for fly fishing, conservation, videography, photography, and art.

Thank you for visiting my site and I welcome your feedback or comments.

Derek