Name: Steven Becker
DOB: Aug 30th
Whatchu Packin? Rime Beanie and a Fly Rod
When I was three I got my first set of skis and for my ninth birthday I received my first fly rod. Looking back, those two things have been what changed my life most. It seems that when I am not fishing, I’m skiing and when I’m not skiing, I’m fishing; go figure… I’ve built passions for both ventures and do not see those passions ever dying, a comforting feeling for me.
While I have always loved skiing and fishing, my approaches to both have transformed with time. For skiing, I started racing at a young age before turning into a park rat and entering every contest I could. Now I find myself primarily dodging all groomed snow, spending my time shredding pow lines and hitting sled accessed back country with my Idahomiez. Likewise, when I started fishing I would spend countless days chasing brook trout and rainbows… Back then, it was just in nearby streams around my house and in the pond that sits a stone’s throw from my front porch. I still enjoy that fishing, but now I find myself hiking into high mountain lakes where eager cutthroat trout are lurking, and fishing most of the tributaries to the Salmon River for cuttys and bull trout. In addition, as soon as the steelhead arrive from the Pacific Ocean I might as well live on the river. Not only do I absolutely crave steelhead fishing, I have developed a rich passion for tying and fishing traditional steelhead flies. My perfect day is a day when I get to do both things that I love most: ride untracked powder or hit a back country booter and then catch a 30”+ steelhead before the day’s done. It’s been done before and it will surely be done again. I feel blessed to live where I do and to be able to do the things I love year round.