Scott O'Donnell

Troy, OR

Teach the young to fly fish. Just that alone could ensure the future health of our waters.

Waters you call home

The Grande Ronde River; the rivers of the North Oregon Coast; and the trout rivers of Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Funny Fact

Chris O’Donnell is not my son. (better yet – I’ve never pooped in a driveway!)


Born January 3, 1964 in Salem, MA I grew up in the greater Boston area, spending most of my time fishing and hunting in what little outdoors the area had. I bought my first fly outfit when I was fourteen and taught myself to use it, with very little success. I then joined the Navy, right out of High School, where I was shipped off to Whidbey Island, WA. I fell in love with the Northwest, and in particularly fly fishing for steelhead. I was honorably discharged after eight years and immediately started my career in guiding on the Skagit and Sauk Rivers and in Alaska. And here I sit.

Personal beliefs on fly fishing

I believe fly fishing is an angling art-form. Within it can be found beauty, grace, skill, and science. All things without an achievable ceiling.

Species you specialize in

All species of salmon and trout in the Northwest and Alaska (okay, maybe not golden trout); small-mouth bass; northern pike; sheefish.

Preferred fishing method

Is this a trick question?

Favorite RIO Line

Skagit Max for spey; Outbound or double-taper for singles.


Jim Vincent and Simon Gawesworth.

Favorite Knot

Double turle.

Special Rigging Techniques

Reverse double-turtle knot on down-eyed hooks to wake dry flies for steelhead, and skittering caddis for trout.

Best Fly Fishing Tip

Follow guides around (it’s a free world) and race them to their favorite water the next day. Just kidding. How about – Strive to be a better caster, or – Pick a body of water close to home and learn it intimately for at least two years, all seasons and all levels (minus flood-stage).

Parting thoughts

Teach the young to fly fish. Just that alone could ensure the future health of our waters.