Dan Nelson is the fly fishing editor of Gear Institute.com. He is a veteran outdoor journalist, and directs our fly fishing rod and reel testing.
Nelson began working as an outdoor industry journalist in 1991 as editor of Northwest Trails magazine, where he would spend up to 159 nights per year in a tent while ‘conducting research’ in the wilderness.
Over the past 26 years, Nelson has written for Men’s Journal, Backpacker, Outside, National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, USA Today, CNN, The Seattle Times, Outdoor Retailer, Elevation Outdoors, and other publications, including his own online journal, AdventuresNW.net. He has attended 44 Outdoor Retailer shows, authored a dozen guidebooks and launched a number of best-selling guidebook series with the Mountaineers Books, including the Best Hikes with Dogs series. He began working with the Gear Institute as a fly fishing rod and reel test director in 2012.