scott odonnell

scott odonnell

Seaside, OR

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.

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.

home waters

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


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

Perfect day

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).

perfect setup

X 7120, EVOKE Reel, Skagit Max 500gr