Dejon grew up as both a dry fly purist in the heart of the Catskill Mountains and a steelhead junkie in the middle of Steelhead Alley, Buffalo NY. Every evening his grandparents would take him down to fish the evening bite behind the A&P on the fabled East Branch of the Delaware River. “Sleepy” Floyd Henderson was his first tutor of the fly and instructed him on using nothing but Adams in sizes 12-18. Near his twenties he set off to test his grit in the wild and did several tours as an Alaskan Guide first with SilverTip Lodges out of Anchorage and then Tony Sarp’s Katmai Lodge which was heralded as the largest fresh water lodge in the world at that time. Fighting off big brown bears with nothing but his knuckles and instructing rich Texan trucker barons on how to catch sockeye salmon by swinging egg flies became second nature to him.
After dragging his beloved wife across the continent several times fishing from California Redwood Streams to the Peaks of Colorado back to the coast of Maine Dejon has settled down like a good little migratory trout to rear his young only a few miles from where he was born in Buffalo, NY. His wife Erin, son Jett, and daughter Elle are probably waiting patiently right now for daddy to return from a fishing trip.
In addition to guiding and tying/casting instruction, Dejon spends his time writing volumes of yet unpublished articles and books on progressive fly fishing techniques and generally funny and insightful stuff. As founder of TroutLegend and the Troutlegend Fly Fishing League, Dejon hopes to strengthen and grow the roots of competitive fly fishing in North American soil. He has long supported Team USA Youth, managing Clinics , providing guidance and instruction to young anglers. He coached the Team in the 2013 America Cup, and international competition for adults and youth teams, where the team secured the gold medal. Dejon served on the USYFFT, Inc., Board of Directors. In 2013 he rsigned his position on the Board to become the NorthEast Regional Coach.