Amanda Monthei is a hotshot for the U.S. Forest Service in the summer and a freelance writer the rest of the time. Originally from Michigan, she grew up skiing 600 feet of vert and fishing for brook trout in the same rivers that Hemingway wrote about. She moved to Bellingham, WA two years ago and has since acquired more hobbies than the roof of her Subaru can handle.
New to fishing? Here's what you need to know.