Matt  W.  Dawson

Why?  This might best be answered by another trout fisherman, John D. Voelker:


   "I fish because I love to;
    I love the environs that trout are found, which are invariably beautiful,

        and hate the environs where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ugly;
    Because, in a world where most men spend their lives doing things they hate,

        my fishing is at once an endless source of delight and an act of small rebellion;
    Because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power,

        but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience;
    Because I suspect that men are going along this way for the last time,

        and I for one don’t want to waste the trip;
    Because mercifully there are no telephones on fishing waters;

    Because of all the television commercials, cocktail parties, and assorted social posturing I thus escape;
    Because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness;
    Because bourbon out of an old tin cup tastes better out there; 
    Because maybe someday I will catch a mermaid;
    And, finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I suspect that so many other concerns of men are equally unimportant -

        and not nearly so much fun."
     -John D. Voelker (1964, pen name: Robert Traver) in "Anatomy of a Fisherman".


Looking to join?  Have questions?  Anything else?  No problem, drop me a line and I'll get back to you as soon as I am able.  Be patient, it may take a few days to respond depending on my location.

"I look into my fly box, and think about all the elements I should consider in choosing the perfect fly: water temperature, what stage of development the bugs are in, what the fish are eating right now.  Then I remember what a guide told me: 'Ninety percent of what a trout eats is brown and fuzzy and about five-eighths of an inch long.'"

   -Allison Moir-Smith, "Flyfishing-The Sacred Art" (2012)

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Coinciding with the Salmo trutta spawn in the fall of 2017, Matt started the Trout Project.  That is to say, to catch every trout, salmon, char, and grayling species in the world... nearly 200 different fish species!


This attempt to fish every member of the Salmoninae and Thymallus ​sub-families of fish will take Matt to some of the most remote places on the planet.


The plan is simple:

  • Travel to the four continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America) where these species are natively found and fish.

  • Meet lots of new people, share experiences, and enjoy the journey!

TROuT Project