Scott started fly fishing and fly tying at the age of 12. He grew up in Salt Lake City and tried his self-taught fly fishing skills on the trout of the Wasatch front. Fortunately, these fish were forgiving of novice abilities. At 14 he taught his first fly tying class. He has worked in the fly fishing industry for over twenty years. This includes being assistant manager at Jack Dennis Sports, wholesale manager at Dan Bailey's, tying flies commercially, helping with video and book production for Snake River Books, guiding, consulting work for Dan Bailey's, working at the Austin Angler and being the Texas rep for Scott Rods. Scott is a member of the Scott Rods Pro Staff, Whiting Pro Staff, and is the former fly tying editor for Fly Fisherman Magazine. He writes the fly tying column for American Angler. He has written the first beginner saltwater fly tying book, Introduction to Salt water Fly Tying and has a book of his trout flies, A New Generation of Trout Flies. A Never Ending Stream, a book on the tiers and flies that have influenced him is upcoming in the near future, it includes biographies and artistic photos of the flies. He is featured in the video Understanding Fly Tying Materials and has done fly tying demonstrations as well as slide shows, fly tying and fly fishing instruction. He has written articles and sold photos to American and Japanese publications, and his flies have been featured in many books and magazines. In 1994, he received Peter Crosby Memorial Sportsmanship Award from the Jackson Hole One Fly. In 2007, he received the Arnold Gingrich Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federation of Fly Fishers. His photos have won regional and national awards. Scott has been the featured guide on many national TV programs. Scott is in demand as a program presenter and instructor for fly fishing clubs around the country. He has been around the One Fly Contest since the beginning and his Double Bunny has won the prestigious event three times. Scott is in demand at One Fly time for his bombproof flies. Many consider him to one of the more innovative tyers. He has over twenty years of experience fishing the Greater Yellowstone area. He has fly fished for numerous species in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, California, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, California, the Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Brazil, Belize, and France.
His only criteria for a species is that they are willing to eat a fly. Scott has used Scott Rods since their days in Berkeley.