davenessFBI have been in the fly fishing industry in one form or another for 26 years now professionally.  I was raised in Eugene, Oregon where every single person in my family fly fished so I had no chance of escaping it.  Perusing old photo albums, images exist of me with a fly rod in hand while wearing a diaper, if that tells you anything!

On many of these trips, my father while being an accomplished angler was also a published photographer so watching the two sports blend together imprinted on me at an early age.  I began taking photography classes in 7th grade and realize there is still more to learn and be inspired by every day.  Fellow photographers are constantly pushing the edge on imagery with new angles and ideas and I absolutely love how it drives me to challenge myself as well.

I have had the privilege to guide on and travel to some of the most spectacular locales on the planet, and in most cases it has been fly fishing that took me there.  Traveling with clients as well as my family allows me to step away from fly fishing and work on capturing the moments everyone experiences and hopes to remember.  Making this possible for those around me is maybe my favorite aspect to travel at this time.

These experiences led me back to the PNW via Colorado.  Before landing here in Seattle, I was astonished at the lack of fly fishing guide services in the city with so much water in close proximity.  When I started Emerald Water Anglers in 1998 before moving here, the intention was to start a fly fishing outfitter that would set a new standard for other guide services in the industry, taking full advantage of the angling opportunities nearby that nobody else was.  We have accomplished this and continue to push that very envelope every day.  Find more here:

Emerald Water Anglers

After 15 years and having a guide team of 10+ professionals on staff the next move was to a full scale retail store front to help grow this already bustling business.  We opened the Emerald Water Anglers store in July of 2014 and are not looking back.

I am nothing in my pursuits without my wonderful wife Natalie and daughter Nessa who constantly remind me why I am so inspired, without saying a word.

I am also proud to be a member of the following Ambassador and Pro staffs:

Patagonia Fish Ambassador
Patagonia Provisions Ambassador
Costa Sunglasses Ambassador/Steward
Winston Pro Photographer
Winston Pro Staff
Bauer Fly Reel Pro Staff
Last Frontier Strategies Outdoor Ambassador
Rajeff Sports Pro Staff
Grape Solar Ambassador