Terry J. Wiest has over 40 years of experience fishing the Pacific Coast for salmon, halibut, lingcod, tuna, seabass and more. His ability to not only catch fish, but to excel in his success and enhance the capabilities of others was soon realized. A natural speaker, author and angler, Terry has the ability to put more fish in your boat as well.
Starting out fishing with his Dad, and best fishing partner ever, it was soon discovered Terry had a knack for fishing. Together they enjoyed the company of each other and were always one of the top boats at days end. Derbies were always fun and they placed very well in most Salmon Derbies, even winning a couple smaller ones along the way. After Terry’s dad passed away in 2001, Terry became even more obsessed with fishing as a way to honor his father. He’s since won three Derbies after his father’s passing and continues to be a well-known and top figure on the Pacific Coast.
Terry has now published over 100 magazine articles, mostly on Salmon and Steelhead but also on his many adventures around the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Alaska doing what he loves to do… fish! Starting as a freelance writer, now, many of Terry’s publications come from destinations where he is commissioned to write about.
At the urging of his wife, Terry wrote his first book “Steelhead University: Your Guide to Salmon and Steelhead Success” which is a best seller and won top honors by his peers being voted as Book of the Year 2012 for the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association. Terry’s second book, “Float Fishing for Salmon and Steelhead”, is already a best seller and has been nominated for Book of the Year 2014.
Since 2006 Terry has been associated with Salmon University, the largest salmon fishing website on the West Coast. From webmaster to instructor, much of Terry’s expertise has been derived from his success with Salmon U.
Terry was welcomed into the Oak Bay Marine Group Captain’s Club in 2008 and since has repeated this feat for both salmon and halibut. This is an exclusive club for anglers who have landed exceptionally large salmon, and or halibut.
Terry is an active member of the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association and is Past-President of the South King County Puget Sound Anglers where he is a Lifetime Member.
Catching hundreds of Salmon, along with numerous Halibut, Lingcod and other species each year, Terry’s passion comes through in his writing. The ultimate compliment is when Terry receives a “Thank You” for sharing his knowledge and getting others on fish.