Scott started fly fishing and fly tying at the age of 12. He has worked in the fly
fishing industry for over twenty years. This includes being fishing manager at Jack
Dennis Sports, wholesale manager at Dan Bailey's, tying flies commercially, fly
consulting work for Dan Bailey's, working at the Austin Angler, being the first
Texas sales representative for Scott Fly Rods and is now the manager of JD High
Scott is a member of the Scott Rods Pro Staff and Whiting Hackle Pro Staff. Scott
has written articles and sold photos to American and Japanese publications, and
his photos have won regional and national awards. He writes the fly tying column
for American Angler. He wrote the first beginner saltwater fly tying book, Introduction
to Salt water Fly Tying and A New Generation of Trout Flies. His book The Never
Ending Stream is about the tiers and flies that have influenced him. It uses his
artistic photos of the flies, drawings and writings to tell the history of flies
and fly tying.
In 1994, he received Peter Crosby Memorial Sportsmanship Award from the Jackson
Hole One Fly. In 2007, he received the Arnold Gingrich Lifetime Achievement Award
for literature from the Federation of Fly Fishers and in 2010 he was the recipient
of the Buz Busek award for his contributions to the world of fly tying. In 2014
Scott won the first FFF Iron Fly Contest. Scott has been the featured guide on a
number of national TV programs. He is considered one of the most innovative fly
tyers in the world. During the annual Jackson Hole One Fly he is in high demand
for his flies that have fooled and lasted over a hundred fish.
He has thirty years of experience fishing the Greater Yellowstone area. He has fly
fished for numerous species in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, California, Colorado, Utah,
New Mexico, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, California, the Virgin Islands,
Hawaii, Brazil, Belize, and France.
Besides fly fishing and fly tying, Scott is kind of the renaissance man of the outdoors.
He mountain bikes, road bikes, nordic skis, alpine skis, trail runs, hikes and camps.
Athletic accomplishments include lettering in track at the University of Utah, making
it to Category 2 level in cycling and a 2:37 marathon. Hunting and shooting are
also passions with both firearms and archery use. He owns and shoots compound bows,
recurves, longbows and has built a few hickory longbows.