Alaska Fish Bum
Home Water: SE Alaska
Favorite Species: Alaskan Rainbow Trout
Mark grew up in Western Washington and has been chasing salmon and steelhead for over 40 years. Lured to Alaska by the siren-song of commercial fishing money in the late ‘80’s, he managed to come up with a work schedule that allowed him to sportfish all over the Pacific Northwest and Alaska for 6 months a year.
After getting his Alaska sportfish guide license in 2004, Mark held dual citizenship in the sport and commercial fishing worlds for many years. Since his retirement from the Commercial industry in 2011 Mark has been a full-time flyfishing guide for Bear Creek Outfitters in Juneau, AK, and in addition to his relationships with ECHO and AirFlo, he is a Signature Fly Designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants, a Simms Elite Ambassador, and a Field Ambassador for Speyco Reels.
In the winter Mark works for Trout Unlimited, Alaska Program as the Sportfish Outreach Coordinator for Southeast Alaska, working on conservation and land use issues in “America’s Salmon Forest”, the Tongass National Forest.”