I am a Maine native who grew up in Brunswick. Living in the country, I loved being outdoors as much as possible. My mother said when I was a kid I preferred to be outdoors to any other activity. I went to Maine schools and received my BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maine in 1971. My wife, Katherine H Totten and I have 4 children all grown up and on their own. I worked for 29 years at BIW in Navy Ship design and engineering management In 1995 I was able to take BIW’s early retirement offer and do full time what I had only been able to pursue on a part time bases in the past. I already had my guide’s license and went to work as a guide immediately upon leaving BIW. There is no pressure and I love guiding. It’s a great second career.
I have been hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors since I was a young boy. I did my first river trip in 1970 on the Allagash River. I was hooked on rivers from then on. Every chance I got I was “on the river”. The river gives me a peace and serenity I cannot get anywhere else. I obtained my guides license in 1989 while still employed as an engineer at Bath Iron Works. After leaving BIW I initially worked for other Outfitters until I gained more experience as a guide and built up a reputation
Currently I lead only a few river trips a year, hunting and fishing whenever I can. Some of the trips listed are led by long time associates that I have worked with in the past.
Along with guiding I am a past president of the Maine Professional Guides Association and a member of the Governor’s Commission on Tourism for SAM. I am a life member of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and have been guiding trips for them since they acquired the majority of the St. John River corridor in 1999. My connection with TNC has lead to other significant guiding jobs. For example in 2001, Old Town Canoe hired me to help them demonstrate to a group of outdoor writers the merits of the Old Town line of boats. We selected the St. Croix River as our show room. In Old Town’s words “we are their ambassadors”.The outdoors has always been one of my passions. Wilderness canoe trips have become my specialty.
Maine has an old and distinguished heritage of guides and guiding. Guiding in Maine dates back to the time before Thoreau immortalized guides in his writings of "The Maine Woods". Registered Maine Guides began officially on March 19, 1897 when the Maine Legislature enacted a bill requiring hunting guides to be registered. In that first year, 1316 guides were registered, with Cornelia Thurza Crosby, known as "Fly Rod Crosby", was given the honor of receiving the first license.
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