Tom is one of the most revered Spey casting instructors in the country and is credited with designing some of the best Spey lines in world. He is also a professional fly tier, photographer, and author. Tom has lived and guided in Oregon since 2001. Before moving to the Northwest, Tom first made his name on the world famous upper Kenai River in Alaska and the fabled steelhead and trout waters of Northwest Michigan. As a seventeen-year veteran guide, Tom has developed a level of patience rarely seen on steelhead waters, and an enthusiasm for sharing his passion and deep knowledge of two-handed casting; both on and off the water.
Tom Larimer’s steelhead camps are legendary. He calls the Deschutes River home from the beginning of the salmon flies in May until the weather gets too cold to fish. Once the snow flies, Tom’s focus shifts to guiding the winter steelhead rivers of northern Oregon. Depending on the conditions, you might find him floating the Sandy, jet boating on the Clackamas or hiking into the Hood.
Tom is a perfect fit for the Winston Advisory Team and had this to say when informed about his appointment as Winston’s Two-Handed Specialist…
“I am proud and extremely excited to be a part of the Winston Pro Advisory Team. It’s an honor and a privilege to be working alongside other dedicated anglers on the Advisory & Pro Staff, as well as get a chance to collaborate with Winston’s incredible design team. I’ve always admired Winston’s craftsmanship and dedication to building the finest fly rods in the world. The company has a long tradition of successfully blending beauty and cutting edge technology into all of their rods. It’s no wonder that Winston has such a devoted following! I love the new Boron III TH two-handed rods. These sticks are incredibly light, deliver unbelievable line speed and embody that sweet “Winston Feel” that is so easy to fall in love with. The Boron TH series will become instant favorites in the two-handed community.”