Summer Steelhead and Sea-Run Cutthroat Testimonial
September 6, 2012
I have spent the better part of the past two decades fishing and guiding outings for Great Lakes Steelhead. For over thirty years I have also worked as a professional in the conservation field. I have had the privilege of guiding some wonderful folks chasing fish in Ohio.
This is in an area of the country where a river once burned and advances in conservation have been hard fought. Steelhead have been an important tool for me in my conservation work, helping to promote the value of natural resources and the remarkable potential that existed for their recovery.
I took every outing seriously as an opportunity not just for an enjoyable day fishing but for a chance to enhance people's appreciation of the natural world. To me every detail was important.
Dr. John Bergfeld once called me a guide's guide.
I had the pleasure to spend a day on the river with Jesse Sampson last week and I can say, without reservation, that Jesse Sampson is a guide's guide.
Jesse is someone who not only knows the natural history and life cycles of the fish he is pursuing, he knows the subtleties and the issues of the rivers he works on and clearly cares for.
He knows the fish and he knows the water, consequently he will put you on fish.
But just as importantly he will work to provide you with an experience to match your capabilities and skills.
His gear and productive rigs are top notch, always at hand and ready to go. But if you have the desire to try your own flies and techniques from your home water Jesse will get you where you need to be to most effective.
His optimism is unlimited and contagious. His enthusiasm is boundless, he has a great sense of humor.... and he packs a pretty good lunch too!
I can tell you I will be going back to spend a little more time with a guide's guide Jesse Sampson!
Steelhead Alley, Ohio