Growing up in La Crosse, Wisconsin I was surrounded by water which helped in giving me a special passion for fishing from a very young age. I just loved being out on the water or ice, catching fish, enjoying the fresh air, and being out in mother nature. Ever since I could walk I have been on the water, winter and summer. As far back as I can recall I can remember studying and remembering what structure, and or depths that the fish would relate to for a specific time of year. I would get a distinctive butterfly feeling in my stomach every time I would get the chance to go fishing. A feeling which I still possess to this very day. After I graduated with a two year degree from college I joined the Army where I spent five years.
As a child my dad and I would travel to northern Wisconsin on vacation to do some fishing. Ever since then it had been a dream of mine to someday live and hopefully start guiding up in the Northwoods. A couple years after I got out of the Army I moved to Rhinelander and started the first leg of my dream in late 2007. Right from the start I spent almost all of my free time fishing and exploring new lakes of which I had hundreds to choose from. I became friends with a couple seasoned fishing guides in the area that took me under their wings. I learned so much from these guides and did a lot of watching and listening. Before long I knew I had more than enough knowledge to start guiding on my own.