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Dax Messett

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Since 2001, Dax messett has been a full time, worldwide fly fishing professional guide, instructor, lodge manager and overall industry professional. His relentless pursuit to find unique, challenging angling experiences has taken him to some of the finest fresh and saltwater venues throughout the world. He has guided extensively for trout and steelhead throughout Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Alaska, and New Zealand. A truly fervent angler in search of the moment, Dax spends well over 300 days a year on the water chasing both fresh and saltwater species. He continuously strives for excellence in both his personal angling skill development as well as his teaching and instruction techniques.

Being a truly passionate instructor, Dax is widely regarded as one of the West’s finest casting and angling instructors. All guided trips focus on the client's progression of angling skill, enjoyment of the venue, and respect of the angling environment is paramount.

Recent Fishing Reports by Dax Messett

10/3/17 by Dax Messett: My annual trip to British Columbia this year was as fun and eventful as always.  The theme this year was high water for the most part, as some biblical rain storms pummeled the region.  The mega storm arived just when Andrew Harris joined my group at Skeena Spey Lodge.  The storm was truly exceptional, blowing out bridges and necessating helicoptor rescue for some unfortunate campers on nearby rivers.  Drew and I did some epic recon to a remote part of a skeena tributarty to make the best of a blown water day.  Its always a pleasure getting to fish and spend time with Andrew, our fearless leader.  When conditons were fishable, we hooked, landed, and lost some truly epic steelhead and bright Northern Coho.  I saw Leslie Ajari catch her first giant BC fish on a skated dry fly on a river with just a foot of visibility.  Hard core angler and trip regular Doug Rohn seemed to hook fish every day of his trip, regardles of conditions.  Ted always seems to hook a monster or two, some make it to the net, some don't!  Dennis is always a pleasure to watch speycast, cover water, and spend time with on and off the water.  Just a super group of guys.  Next year I have another few prime weeks at Skeena Spey with a spot or two open for likeminded anglers who appreciate the pursuit of BC steelhead on a spey rod with our crew at the best lodge in British Columbia .  Contact me for details and availibility.For a sense of what BC is like, check out a little video I made at https://youtu.be/19vsZIhnBGU
9/22/17 by Dax Messett: A very cool gathering t is happening this weekend!  This has become the premier spey casting event in the Southern Oregon/Nor Cal region.  From our friends at Ashland Fly Shop:It’s time for the 3rd annual Rogue on the Fly! Held at Indian May Park on the Rogue River, ROTF is bigger and better than ever! A weekend long event, ROTF includes Spey casting presentations from some of our region’s experts, booth presentations from our products reps, fly-fishing games, fly-tying demos, great food, live music, camping, and more! Leslie Ajari and I will be doing a presentation with a very, very special guest on Sunday called "Make Your Casting Great Again".  When: Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24Where: Indian Mary ParkCost: Free!Steelhead fishing on the Upper Rogue has been pretty good, and should only get better over the coming weeks.  Leslie and I are now available to guide these next few prime weeks before we head to the Grande Ronde next month.   
7/7/17 by Dax Messett: Spey Camp is for everyone, and the time is almost here!  We have a just a few spots left for our 4th season of Lower Klamath River Spey Camps.  These popular camps are perfect for the following anglers:Beginners: Learn the basics of casting a two handed rod.  Learn how to read steelhead water and how to fish it.  Learn the terminology of spey casting and understand the gear used.  No need to bring gear, our camps are sponsored by Sage, Rio, and Redington...we have a mega arsenal of fun toys for you to try before you buy them.  Intermediates: Take the next step up in your casting game.  Are you just doing the same snap t or double spey over and over again?  Time to learn some touch and go casts, refine your sustained anchor casts, and get more proficient with the scandi lines and lighter summer set ups.  Bring your rod and get it dialed in with the right line, we have dozens of Rio lines you can demo to balance your set up.Advanced: We love to cast, and we love help anglers achieve their highest potential in their casting and angling techniques.  The advanced angler will enjoy the amazing home water we have right in front of camp, fishing for chrome bright fish a few miles from tidewater.  Also explore the classic swing runs that abound on the Lower Klamath Wilderness River, only reached by boat.  Demo the newest rods from Sage like the X and the Mod.  Have casting "jam sessions" with three expert instructors who's passion is spey casting and swinging for chrome bright steelhead all over the Pacific Northwest.  Everyone: All meals, spey rods, reels, spey lines, flies, and elite instruction included.  Just bring a sleeping bag and appetite!  Our wilderness camp is already set up with comfy tents, cots, and Leslie's legendary camp chef meals.  When not fishing, relax and watch the river go by or nap in the shade.  In the evenings, sit by the fire and take in the beautiful coastal sunsets are followed by superb stargazing in a place where light pollution is far, far away...you will sleep well.Open dates: July 21-23  Weekend Spey Camp.  Quick and easy trip!  Arrive Friday afternoon, settle in and fish the evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning then head back home.  August 9-12 Spey Camp, 3 nights, 2 half days & 2 full days of fishing.River flows are the best they have been in years for the Lower Klamath, giving us excellent conditons for our camps.  Spey Camp is an easy trip from the Bay Area, and the best value in the industry for a multi day instructional spey experience.  Couple this with a shot at chrome steelhead a few miles from the ocean, this experience is hard to beat.  Contact me with and questions. 
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Dax's Guide Season

Dec-Jan-Feb: Coastal Oregon
Dax spends mid-winter chasing chrome bright winter steelhead during primetime on the Southern Coast. The famed Lower Rogue and Chetco are the featured rivers, along with some smaller rivers that Dax has intimate knowledge of.
Mar-Apr: Olympic Peninsula
The biggest winter steelhead in the world run through the sacred waters of the Olympic Peninsula. Dax fishes the famed Hoh, Bogey, and Sol Duc. If you are a true steelheader, this venue should be at the top of your list for winter steelhead angling. It's truly a magic place.
May-Jun-Jul: The Fall River Valley
Dax spends the early summer months in the Fall River Valley pursuing wild rainbow trout. Dax loves head-hunting for rising trout on Fall River. He also takes clients to the Pit River, McCloud, and Hat Creek.
Jul-Aug: Lower Klamath Steelhead
Dax teams up with fellow Confluence Outfitters guides Gino Bernero and Leslie Ajari for one of the most fun and unique steelhead camps offered in the industry. The Klamath is one of California’s finest steelhead fisheries. We target dime bright steelhead and occasionally run into bright chinook on this trip. Great weather, excellent food, elite spey casting instruction, and dime bright fish make this a must.
September: British Columbia Steelhead
Every year Dax hosts a trip to the Skeena River system, which is the steelhead mecca for every die hard steelheader. Dax spends over a month every year in this region, for good reason. Truly Epic steelhead fishing.
Oct-Nov: Grande Ronde, Washington
Dax teams up with spey legends Scott Odonnel and Mike McCune to work prime time on the best dry fly steelhead river in the Pacific Northwest. For years, Speywater Lodge has set the industry standard for spey casting and steelhead angling instruction. The Ronde experience is a multi day float through one of the most beautiful canyons in the world of flyfishing.

Dax's Upcoming Open Dates

Nov 27:
Upper Rogue River
Nov 28:
Upper Rogue River
Nov 29:
Upper Rogue River
Nov 30:
Upper Rogue River
Dec 1:
Upper Rogue River
For more dates, please visit our Online Booking page!

Testimonials from Dax's Clients

"Fly fishing guide and instructor understates Dax's skill set. He is extremely patient, and a great guy to boot. My wife and I enjoyed our time on the water and in camp with Dax immensely."
Lester Kish
"If you are looking for a first class guide and instructor look no further, Dax is your man! He knows all there is about fly fishing and guiding, and also great fun to fish with. If you want to catch fish and have a real fun day fishing, Dax is the man, I can't recommend him enough!"
Frank Wylie
"Dax, I cannot tell you how much I appreciated your help spey casting. I know I am a slow learner, but felt I made progress and have a good base of fundamentals to build on now. Would love to fish with you again."
George Batten
"I had a wonderful time on the river with you. You are a great teacher--a wonderful mixture of clear instruction, patience, constructive criticism, and humorous sarcasm (perfectly appropriate). Thanks for your unbelievable patience and help."
William Salyer
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