About Hawkeye Hawkins
I'm a native Oregonian, born in Klamath Falls, raised in Eugene, and based on Mt. Hood for many years. I've done a lot of different things in my life, but fishing has always been at the center of my being. It started when I was a kid, fishing in some ponds in back of my dad's gas station and it just kept on going from there. Rivers lakes, ponds, sloughs, creeks, you name it, I would fish it. With spinners, spoons, worms, snakes, grasshoppers, mice, eggs or flies, it didn't matter. I loved it all.
After a stint in the Army, I rode rodeo (until I came to my senses after a few surgeries and multiple casts), and then played the tournament bass fishing game (too expensive). I returned to Mt. Hood in 1991 and decided to try to catch steelhead with a fly rod instead of drift gear or spinners. I got an 8-weight rod and some purple wooly buggers and went at them with reckless abandon. And I haven't looked back. I worked for Walsh Construction during the week (a total of 28 years), but fished during my free time. After several 5 fish days on the Zig Zag, I knew I'd found my calling.
After years of fishing for fun on my own, The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches gave me the opportunity to start guiding the Sandy River in 2003. Now that I've retired from my construction career, I'm guiding full time.
I hope I'll have the chance to share my enthusiasm for fly fishing and steelhead with you!