People are creatures of habit. We find routines in our daily life that work for us and we don’t like to change very often. When something or someone comes along that causes change we look at it in a positive or a negative light when compared to our ‘usual’. I’d like to take a moment and introduce a huge ‘positive’ in my fishing routine; professional fishing guide and Dinger Jigs’ pro-staff member, Matt Halseth.
While exploring some of his home waters of the North Santiam, it was only a matter of time before crossing paths with someone who is as dedicated as Matt. Even on days when not fishing clients you could almost assuredly find Matt out ’friend fishing’ or even out by himself trying to dial in a new technique. Matt loves catching fish with the tried and true fishing techniques but is ALWAYS trying something new. It might be a new rod/reel combo, it might be a new twist on an already used technique, it could be new fishing line, it could be a new river altogether. Fishing around someone like this has taught me new things every single time I fish with Matt and that keeping an open mind will keep me from falling in a proverbial ‘rut’. I have fished a minimum of 4 new rivers with him in just in the past year simply because he wanted to go try something new. In each of the ‘inaugural’ trips, many fish were landed each time. I have always prided myself in being a student of my own passion; always reading, always watching, always learning, trying new things to constantly improve in the world of fishing. Matt goes above and beyond what I thought I did. Being this dedicated to your passion/profession is what leads to success. Its easy to see that Matt will have large amounts of success in the near future, not to mention how could you ask for a better pro-staff member.
As something that started out as a simple invite in his boat once in a while has become a huge ‘positive’ in my fishing routine. Each time I fish with Matt, there is never a question of IF we’ll catch fish. Its a known fact; we will catch fish. I have yet to get skunked with him on one of the more temperamental and difficult rivers to learn; the North Santiam. Having such confidence each time out, allows me to constantly work on new products, test colors, theories, or just absorb what I can from Matt himself. I always have a good time shooting the breeze and enjoying a day of fishing and relaxing, even though we hardly ever take it easy when fishing together.
I can guarantee that you will have a great time out with Matt each and every time. Matt is a very laid back person, easy to get a long with but the entire time he is working hard at getting his clients into fish and making sure they’re having a good time. You will not be disappointed. He regularly guides winter steelhead trips on the Siletz, Umpqua and North Santiam Rivers, Spring Chinook on the Nestucca and North Santiam, summer steelhead on the North Santiam and fall salmon trips on the Wilson, Trask, Kilchis, Nestucca, Siletz, Alsea, Siuslaw & Umpqua Rivers. He also guides for salmon on the Nushagak River in Alaska during June/July.
Matt Halseth is constantly on top of the fish, keeping his clients there as well. You will not see him out ‘tooting is own horn’, so I am doing it for him. Matt Halseth is one of the top guides in the state, he just hasn’t realized it yet.
To book a trip with Matt, you can call him at (971) 209-5308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org