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My Story

Hi. I am Mac Clark and I have literally programmed myself into a computer. I have spent the better part of five years taking my knowledge of fishing, the science behind it and built it into fishing video game. The game teaches you real world fishing tactics combining Entomology, the study of insects. I created the game, Trophy Trout, using the award winning Unreal Engine.

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I became an Orvis endorsed fly fishing guide in 1994 at Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. I graduated from the University of Oregon in Business soon thereafter. I then traveled to Africa, Asia and Europe as a developer and project manager for financial institutions. I helped to program and implement online banking for multiple businesses, including those at the New York World Trade Center. After 911, I understood firsthand the value of time and family. I returned to Oregon  working my summers as a fly fishing guide and creating Trophy Trout.

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I spent my youth fishing the coastal streams of Oregon. I caught Salmon and Steelhead in rivers like the Rogue, Elk and Sixes. I was raised reading the fishing exploits of Zane Grey. I didn’t fly fish back then but used spin gear and bait. As I grew I up, I came across old family photos of my grandfather with large stringers of Salmon and Steelhead. I was soon to realize that the wild strains of these ocean going fish were near extinction on Oregon rivers for a variety of reasons.

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Catch and release fly fishing for trout has become my creed.

Guiding will always be something special. It is more than the sum of its parts. It is mostly about unlocking the fishing experience, not just about catching fish. It is about the shared moments together and the letting go afterwards. It is about the release. There are many levels to the joy of fishing. The rush from a rainbow rising to your fly is one of them. The excitement from watching a leaping fish on your line is a part of it. Fishing will enter your heart. It is reminder that this journey is short, unique and extraordinary.

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I enjoy teaching and introducing beginners to the sport, especially in places where trout will often eagerly rise for a dry fly. I think one of the closest to my heart is the Deschutes River. What an amazing river to fish on!

Over the years I have seen people be intimidated by fly fishing for various reasons. Let me strip away those fears and introduce you to a really fun way to fish in Trophy Trout. Who cares if you can cast fifty feet? Most of the time the fish are right under your feet and you just need to know what they are biting on. Let me teach you in the game and afterwards we all can have a better appreciation of nature as we get out and enjoy it. There is no greater joy than catching and releasing a Trophy Trout. Game on.

Mac Clark