Scott Hed (Director, Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska)
Living in Sioux Falls, SD seems like an illogical locale for someone who’s worked on the campaign to protect Bristol Bay, AK since 2005. But it works for me. I work for the Alaska Conservation Foundation in Anchorage, and my job as Director of the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska is to engage anglers and hunters in Alaska conservation efforts. I also do a bit of work on protecting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota. I’ve been an angler as long as I can remember, but it was this work that introduced me to fly fishing, something that I enjoy despite the fact that I’m still very much a novice. (Ask any number of guides I’ve fished with!) Through my work, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet many terrific people and fish in some pretty incredible places (Alaska, the Rockies, Belize, Baja to name a few). I enjoy fishing of all varieties and don’t consider myself to be purely a fly angler. I think that angling provides an introduction to the outdoors for many people, or another reason for us to get out of the house and off the techno-gadgets. The increasing disconnect between a large percentage of our population and the outdoors is a threat to the future of angling. If people aren’t out on the water enjoying the outdoors, they’re less likely to care when those waters are threatened with loss of access, habitat degradation, or other problems. Fishing for me is a way to enjoy the outdoors - either solo to just chill out, or for a fun day with family and friends. From humble beginnings as a kid catching panfish, bullheads, and carp in the lake near our house in Minnesota to all the places I’ve been lucky enough to visit, and all the places I still want to go…fishing is a great connector. Fish are found in all types of places, from urban lakes and rivers to remote, sparsely populated hinterlands, and the deep blue sea. The world’s a big place, and I hope I get to fish a lot of it!
Scott Hed lives in Sioux Falls, SD with his wife Nicki and their four-legged kids (two dogs & two cats). They enjoy fishing, hunting, camping, and traveling to tropical destinations.