Daniel Ritz

Fly Fisher, Writer, Jounalist

Daniel A. Ritz, 33, is an outdoor journalist and writer based in Boise, Idaho. A former editor at the Dana Point Times, Ritz’s work has been published by Trout Unlimited, Orvis, the Western Native Trout Initiative, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Outdoor Idaho Magazine, Alaska Sporting Journal, Fish Alaska Magazine and Visit Idaho.

In 2020, Ritz founded Jack’s Experience Trading Company. His editorial focus is contemporary issues regarding the conservation, the environment, outdoor recreation and legislation.

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Daniel Ritz Attempts Western Native Trout Challenge

Daniel Ritz is fly fishing across the Western United States in an attempt to accomplish the Master Caster class of the Western Native Trout Challenge. His goal is to land each of the 20 native trout species in their historical ranges of the 12 states in the West. Join us to find out how Daniel is doing with the challenge, learn about what it takes to participate and hear about a few experiences he's had along the way. Maybe you'll get inspired and want to try it yourself!

Most recently, Ritz created a 24-part series sharing the experience of his Western Native Trout Challenge that was published by Trout Unlimited, Orvis, Western Native Trout Initiative and Montana Fly Company. In it, he wrote personal experience-based essays and natural history and science-based species profiles" for each of the 20 native trout and char species available to anglers within the Western 12 states of the United States. ‘Western Native Trout on Western Public Lands’ His full-length article in Backcountry Journal for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers will be available early in 2022.

Currently, Ritz volunteers as the communications coordinator for the Ted Trueblood Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Idaho Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Ritz graduated in 2009 from Salisbury University on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Philosophy. He resides in Boise with his partner Holly, their Wirehaired Pointing Griffon named Trout and an oversized cat named Julio.


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