As a small boy, Steve once slogged across a small Colorado stream to ask an older gentleman how he was catching so many fish. The man was kind enough to share one of the flies, and the guys at the tackle shop rigged Steve’s little Zebco rod and reel with a splint shot and the fly the man had given him. His parents were stunned that night when he showed up with five rainbow trout on his stringer. The following Christmas, there was a department store fly rod kit under the tree.
That little boy never entirely grew up. After a career stops as a navigator, fashion photographer, newspaper editor and hunting guide, Steve settled on a freelance outdoor writing for a career, ensuring plenty of slogging through creeks looking for trout. Along the way, he has won dozens of writing and photography awards, including Missouri Conservation Communicator of the year in 2006. He also produced two seasons of Bass Edge television on the Outdoor Channel and currently served as producer and co-host on the Bass Edge podcast. In 2009, a collection of his outdoor adventures was published in the book: “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.”
Steve currently lives in Clever, Mo., with his wife Kathy, and Maggie, the yellow lab who is the real head of household. He enjoys all types of fishing, but most enjoys wading in a current trying to outwit trout.