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
4/10/17 by Dax Messett
: This winter has been more challenging than usual for die hard Pacific Northwest steelheaders. Every time the rivers dropped into shape, you had a quick window before another mega storm would hit. If your timing was good, you had water you were able to stand in an enjoy the whole process and surrounding environment, maybe even swing up a chrome winter fish of a lifetime. Or, you were in a wet tent, camper, motel or cabin drinking and playing cards waiting for the rivers to drop...which is still better than sitting in trafffic in my opinion. The winter game isn't for everyone, thank goodness. This upcoming week looks more of the same, Inquire about future availability for the Olympic Peninsula, we have a few more weeks here if the weather and fish are both going in the right direction.
7/18/16 by Dax Messett
: We just finished up another fantastic guide school. Aaron, Rob, Dylan, and Drew was the dream team of students, who will all be guiding someday in the near future. All venues fished excellent for us this week. The Pit River is fishing excellent. High stick nymphing is the most productive technique here until the caddis hatch is the evenings. If you cover water and have good presentations, you will find plenty of fish.The McCloud River has also been fishing excellent. Dry dropper is my favorite rig here. If they aren't eating on top, go to a high stick nymph rig and cover water. Every evening on the Mac provides good dry fly fishing this time of year. Stick it out! Fall River has had some fun head hunting opportunities in the mornings for large fish eating calibaetis emergers and spinners. Its a tough game to play, but more rewarding than just staring at a bobber and cleaning weeds off of it every cast. Sinking line techniques are also working, pulling damsels and leaches. Fishing has been shutting off by around 2pm, so good time for a break then go fish the hex in the evening. It's been starting really late this year, at around 9:15 so don't pack it in too early. Hat Creek has been fishing great in the mornings and evenings. Excellent trico spinner fall from about 8 to 10. Fantastic caddis hatch in the evenings with a smattering of mayflies to keep you busy. Mid day has been slow here. The upper Rogue has started to get steelhead trickling in. I'm heading up there this weekend. Mornings are the best time to swing one up this time of year up there. I will be back to guide it for the month of November after the Grande Ronde in October.Reports from the lower Klamath are good! We start our spey camps down there August 1st and have one open spot left. Contact me for details.
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.
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
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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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."