Jerry French is well recognized amongst the steelhead spey community. When speaking of Skagit-style casting systems and tying of intruder type flies, Jerry and his friends Ed Ward and Scott Howell are at the forefront of modern Northwest fly fishing for steelhead.
Jerry French was born in 1965 in Ventura, California, and grew up in Huston, Alaska and Arlington, Washington. In Washington, Jerry was exposed to the Skagit, Sauk, Stilliguamish and Skykomish rivers and a deep-seated fly fishing culture. At the age of 16, with his new found love for fly fishing, Jerry loaded up his Volkswagen Beetle and chased trout all over Washington, Oregon and B.C. His trout addiction inevitably lead to steelhead. Once he caught his first summer run steelhead all Jerry could think about was encountering more.
Drawn to the peaceful and quiet current of winter steelhead on the Skagit and Sauk rivers, Jerry soon found himself guiding in Alaska in the summers to support his winter steelhead habit.
Now, almost 30 years later, Jerry is even more infected with the steelhead bug and everything about it.