Andy is an Idaho native, born and raised in Boise where his love of the outdoors started at a young age. From the time he could walk he was exploring the creeks and mountains near his family cabin. Though high school baseball became his main focus, gaining a scholarship to play baseball at a collegiate level. After playing community college baseball, Andy attended the University of Idaho where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fisheries Resources. A short career with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game lead to a decision to pursue guiding.
His guiding career started in Bristol Bay Alaska where he guided anglers to some of the world’s most beautiful trout. Realizing that there is no trout fishing like that of Idaho, he gave up the large rainbows of Alaska and headed back to Idaho to fulfill his dream.
The art of fly fishing was introduced to him at the age of 12 where he and his father picked up the sport at the same time. To this day his dad is still his favorite fishing partner. Trout were his first and are still his favorite species to target, although steelhead are a close second. As quoted by Arnold Gingrich, “A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it.”
When Andy isn’t guiding or fishing you’ll find him in the elk woods every September, in the chukar hills every fall, and occasionally attempting to play golf. He spends his winters back in Boise with his girlfriend, Kathleen and their two dogs, Sophie and Baetis.