Dax Messett moved from Western Pennsylvania after college to Northern California to snowboard and embrace the outdoor mountain lifestyle. Since 2000, he has been a professional flyfishing guide and instructor. One of the most experienced and well traveled guides in the business, he has guided in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Alaska, and New Zealand, where he also managed a lodge and outfitting business.
A long time passionate and dedicated two handed casting enthusiast, Dax is regarded as one of the West’s finest spey casting and steelhead angling instructors. The published writer and photographer’s hosted trips to British Columbia and saltwater venues around the world are held in high regard, as are his guest speaking engagements with fly clubs and industry events.
Medford OR, Forks WA, Troy OR, Gold Beach OR, Fall River Mills CA
Rogue, Bogey, Hoh, Sol Duc, Grande Ronde, Elk, Sixes, Chetco, Klamath, Fall River, Hat Creek, McCloud, Pit
Ashland Fly Shop, Lost Coast Outfitters
Summer: Sage X 6120 w/ Scandi Body; Winter: Sage X 7130 w/ Skagit Max 525, 8120 X w/ Skagit Max 575
Just being able to live the dream and somehow make sort of a living out of pursuing my passions in life. I feel so fortunate to have been able to live the lifestyle I have had, doing a job I love to do for almost 20 years now. The places I have traveled, the experiences I have had, and the friends I have made through fly fishing are absolutely priceless.
The most important conservation work I do is being a continuous voice for the fisheries I am privileged to guide on and visit around the world. I do this through educating my clients, readers, audience members, or whoever will listen to me how important it is to have an understanding of conservation and sustainability. And staying educated and active in the preservation of the planets environmental issues…there are plenty to choose from!
Philosophy on Fly Fishing
Fly fishing is about moments, not numbers. Respect the resource, other anglers, and yourself. Fish in a manner that does not harm the long term sustainability of the resource. Fly Casting is a mode of expression, and an artform. Bead fishing from a moving drift boat for steelhead is really stupid.
One Tip to Improve One’s Fishing
The better caster you are, the more pleasurable the entire angling experience. Take the time to become a good caster, which takes focus and dedication.
Hike through an old, lush green forest to a perfect swing run on an undammed river that only holds native wild steelhead. After a bump in the flows a few days ago, the river has dropped into shape, with a dark green color to it…just a bit darker than the forest we just came through. I fully take in the sights, the sounds, and smell of the river and forest environment. Then I have a seat on an ancient log while I sip coffee and let the moment soak in. Then I watch my girlfriend, buddy, or client mindfully work through the run, making beautiful spey casts, all while the mist on the water slowly lifts away. Maybe they hook one, maybe they don’t, it really doesn’t matter. To me, all that matters is that this experience is still possible for us, and hopefully for generations to come if we take care of it. Then, maybe I’ll make a pass too.
a good fishing story