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[ Salmon U. Faculty ]

Tom Nelson, owner of Salmon/Steelhead University is well known throughout the Northwest as the "Dean of Saltwater Fishing". He has taught over 5,000 students through private seminars and many of the areas Community Colleges.

Tom is the featured saltwater expert at the Seattle Boat Show, and has had a long career speaking at many other fishing and boating venues on the west coast. He has written many articles for various NW outdoor publications.

Tom has helped develop and test fishing gear for tackle manufacturers such as Scotty, Pro-Troll and Silver Horde Tackle. He has developed many of the techniques and lures used by West Coast anglers.

Tom with a small group of friends founded Puget Sound Anglers (PSA), which has become the largest sports fishing organization in Washington State.

Tom's boat, a 24' North River Seahawk O/S named Salmon University, is one of the most recognized boats on Puget Sound and in British Columbia.

Tom Nelson

Terry Wiest, Salmon/Steelhead University Webmaster and Host of Steelhead University is a native of Washington where he grew up fishing the Cedar and Green Rivers and Puget Sound with his dad.

An avid fisherman, you will find Terry fishing all over the Northwest during all times of the year for steelhead, salmon, lingcod and halibut.

Terry is past-president of the South King County Chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers, and continues to manage their Salmon Derby held in August every year.

Terry has written articles published in many of the northwest major sportsmen's publications and is also featured in the book "Pro Tactics for Salmon and Steelhead".

Most recently, Terry is the author of "Steelhead University" and "Float-Fishing for Salmon and Steelhead" published by Amato Books.


Terry Wiest



Tom Pollack has been in the sporting goods retail business for over 45 years, most recently the resident fishing expert at Sportco in Fife. He has recently retired to Eastern Washington where he plans to fish and perhaps guide on Potholes Lakes.

Tom is an avid salmon and walleye fisherman. He is also an expert on crabbing and shrimping.

Tom is an active member of Puget Sound Anglers, CCA and the Western Walleye Club. He is very involved with improving fishing opportunities in the Northwest where he serves on the Puget Sound Recreational Advisory Committee, Northwest Marine Trade Association Fishing Committee, and the Inland Warm Water Advisory Committee.

Tom is a regular contributor to various Newspapers for local fishing reports.

Tom Pollack

Terry Rudnick is a freelance outdoor writer / photographer / speaker specializing in Pacific Northwest fishing, hunting and boating subjects. Since beginning his career more than 30 years ago, he has had over 1,000 articles and photos published in more than two-dozen regional and national publications.

Rudnick also is a book author. His first book, Washington Fishing, is the most comprehensive angling guide ever written about the state’s freshwater and saltwater angling opportunities, and is now in its fourth edition. He also co-authored How to Catch Trophy Halibut, the complete guide to recreational halibut fishing along the entire West Coast. Both Washington Fishing and How to Catch Trophy Halibut have received excellence awards from the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association. A third book, Washington Boating and Water Sports, was published in the spring of 2000.

An enthusiastic and entertaining speaker, Rudnick has given more than 200 slideshows and seminars on a variety of freshwater and saltwater angling topics not only throughout the Pacific Northwest but to audiences in California, Utah, Colorado and Texas.

Rudnick is now the youth Sportfishing coordinator for Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, responsible for organizing fishing events and activities for kids throughout the state. He also works part-time in the Boating Program at Washington State Parks, where he produces boating safety messages for radio, television and print media and gives slide-show presentations and lectures on water safety to boating organizations and fishing clubs.

Besides his more than two-dozen awards for writing and photography, Rudnick has received the national Silver Trout Award for Communications from Trout Unlimited and the Ken McLeod Journalism Award from the King County Outdoor Sports Council.

Terry Rudnick

Josh Hughes is our expert on fishing the Columbia River and it's tributaries for Spring and Fall Chinook and trophy Sturgeon! From keeper sturgeon in the lower Columbia to huge over-sized sturgeon near the Bonneville Damn, Josh has nearly 15 years of experience landing these great eating and fighting fish. Josh is a former guide in Alaska and currently represents Scotty in the Northwest. Josh is well rounded in all types of fishing and is more than willing to share his skills.


Josh Hughes

Anthony Warren was introduced to salmon fishing in the Puget Sound when he was a young kid. As his passion for fishing the saltwater grew, he started fishing the ocean and hasn't looked back. For years he has been fishing out of Ilwaco for salmon and bottom fish. When the craze for Albacore Tuna fishing hit the sport fishing fleet, Anthony was right there chasing these longfins. Anthony doesn't just fish for fun, he fishes to help stop hunger. You can find him on the team "Bad To The Bone" which fishes the Oregon Tuna Classic charity tournament. The success of the OTC spawned the first ever Washington Tuna Classic last fall and Anthony joined team Radius sponsored by Salmon University for this inaugural Washington event out of Westport.

No other fishery is as demanding on the gear and crew as Albacore fishing. In this seminar you will learn how to find the fish, different fishing techniques, proper care of the tuna and most importantly, how to get to the tuna grounds and back safely.

Anthony Warren

Kevin Lanier began Salmon fishing out of Whidbey Island's Cornet Bay in the early 80's. It did not take long before he discovered that this was his true passion in life. He was first introduced to Washington Ocean Fishing off the coast of Neah Bay in the mid 80's and fell in love with the pristine beauty of the Washington Coast and the realization that nothing fights quite like an Ocean Salmon!

In 2007, after a phenomenal summer in the waters off Westport, Kevin became completely addicted to coastal Salmon fishing and decided to moor his boat in Westport full time. In the past five years he has honed his skills and become quite successful fishing the waters off the coast. He also enjoys fishing for Halibut, Tuna and Rockfish.

Kevin is very involved in enhancing and protecting our Coastal Salmon fishery. He and "Team Fishin' Luhrs" participate in the yearly Washington Tuna Classic. Many pounds of fish from this event are donated to the local food bank. Kevin also spends many hours sharing his experiences to help others gain more enjoyment and success from their fishing opportunities

In this seminar Kevin will share his experience and the secrets he has learned to help you land more Ocean Salmon. He will share his knowledge of specific techniques, what gear to use, and what to look for while fishing off shore. You will also learn what it takes to safely navigate the shallow bars leading to the ocean and return to port safely.

Kevin Laner