Mark was born and raised in Western Idaho. His great great grandfather built the first ferry across the Snake River at Given’s hot springs. Marc’s grandfather had a ranch near the Triangle area near Jordan Valley and they spent their summer vacation as well as spud harvest at the ranch working and sorting cattle. Marc is 5th. generation.
Marc caught his first fish on a fly rod when he was 5 years old at Warm Lake. He had on his swim team speedo! He has been a certified casting instructor since 1995.
His favorite water to fish includes British Columbia, Iceland and Norway. Marc has been fortunate and has had a few favorite fly-fishing trips. Most recent would be the Ongivinuk in the Togiak Wilderness. He flew in, was dropped off, and then floated about 60 miles to their pick up zone. Did not see another person, other than his group members, in 5 days of incredible fishing. They caught 20″ grayling, rainbow and leopard rainbow trout, dolly varden, artic char, silver and chum salmon. Saw 16 grizzlies.
Marc’s favorite species to chase is definitely Steel. The cast of a two-handed rod is much more interesting as well as challenging. His most memorable fly-fishing memory was when he caught his first 40″, 20lb. steel head on a dry fly. Also, a 35.5 lb. Atlantic salmon on the Alta river in Norway.
Marc loves the solitude and the sound of the river about fly fishing. When he is not guiding you will find him fishing, bird hunting, downhill and cross-country skiing or mountain biking. His favorite piece of fly gear is his Winston 13′ 3″ 7 wt. He has landed several memorable fish with it. It was a retirement gift from a good friend of his.