Jeff Hickman

Jeff taught himself to fly fish and tie flies when he was 10. Growing up in a lodge on Mt Hood that he helped his mom manage, he saved up his housekeeping wages to buy his first Spey rod at 12. Hitchhiking to the river before and after school, he was doomed to a life of fly fishing addiction. The strong addiction lead to fly shop employment, guiding in Oregon and Alaska and even management at a bonefishing lodge in the Bahamas. Jeff started Fish The Swing in ’11 to show his commitment to “swing only” and now owns and operates three well respected and sought after all-inclusive guided steelhead programs under the Fish The Swing umbrella; Deschutes River Basecamp and Clackamas River Lodge in Oregon as well as Kimsquit Bay Lodge on the Dean River in British Columbia.

Jeff is a passionate conservationist and actively works to give back through many fisheries conservation groups. He also is a volunteer River Steward for the Native Fish Society. Jeff is a tireless worker and always feels that things can be improved and he has been a forward thinking fly and fly line developer. He can identify problems and visualize solutions.

Jeff along with his wife Kathryn and their son Oly migrate with the steelhead seasons. Oregon coast in the Winter/Spring, British Columbia in the Summer and the Deschutes canyon in the Fall. To learn more about Jeff and what he has created, visit: