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Brian Bennett

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Backstory: Growing up in Boston, MA, Brian was far removed from steelhead and the myriad of challenges they face. All that changed in 2004 when he took a job with Patagonia as the REI Account Manager and relocated to Washington State. As a passionate fly fisherman who cut his teeth plying the rivers and lakes of Colorado and Wyoming, he quickly embraced the challenge of chasing steelhead on the fly.

 

First Steelhead: Brian hooked his first wild steelhead, a beautiful dime bright 8 pound hen, swinging a blue Tomine String thing on the Cole Slaw run, on the Buckley River in BC.

 

What He Does: Brian is the Fly Fishing Sales Manager for Patagonia. In that capacity has been active in helping direct support from Patagonia, and the fly fishing industry at large, to the WSC.

 

Personal Philosophy: “For me, being passionate about fishing for steelhead goes hand in hand with being passionate about protecting these special fish and their habitat.”

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