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JD Love

JD Love Steelhead Guide

Few individuals have had as prolific of a guide career as JD Love. He began sharing his passion of chasing steelhead on the fly back in 1979. "Seasoned veteran" doesnít even come close to describing his vast experience on the steelhead rivers of Washingtonís Olympic Peninsula.

In our phone conversation about this website, his enthusiasm for the sport was obvious.

JDís key to success: "Persistence... It takes a lot of casts to find a steelhead. Guys spend a good deal of money to come up and fish with me. I fish long days because thatís what it takes to find fish, and thatís what my clients expect. You canít go out there for a few hours and be successful, steelhead take time." says JD.

Outside of JDís incredulous work ethic, he is at the forefront of two-handed casting and fishing instruction. While he fishes heavier two-handers during high winter flows, his weapons of choice for summer fishing are the shorter switch rods and light two-handers. More so, JD has the ear of Sage when it comes to input on rod design. So chances are, if you fish a Sage, thereís a little bit of JDís passion built into it.

Contact Info

Steelhead Guide: JD Love
Business Name: JD Love Guide Service
Guide Rivers: Olympic Peninsula Rivers
Types of Trips: Day Trips
Phone: 360.327.3772


JD Love Steelhead Guide Fly Shot

JD Love Fish Head Shot

In a more recent email conversation (Sept. 2012) we followed up with JD to find out what gear he has been using to make a living.

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