Russell R "Russ" Christiainson
I was born and raised in Tacoma, WA and grew up fishing in the saltwater of Puget Sound and in the surrounding rivers, lakes, ponds, and streams. I learned to make my own fishing rods, and I fished with lures made in Tacoma. After serving in the US Navy from 1969 to 1973, with a Vietnam tour with Attack Squadron 97 Warhawks, I attended the Fisheries Technician School at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, WA. I also did volunteer fisheries work at Washington State and Federal fish hatcheries, and in the Olympic National Park.
I eventually went back to college and changed my career direction. I retired in 2009 from a 30 year career at the Boeing Company as a Technical Principle in the Tool and Production Planing Department writing work instructions and ordering tools for building both military and commercial airplanes. My love of sport fishing, and my career in researching and writing, led me to start writing books and magazine articles about the history of sport fishing.
I am proud member of ORCA (Old Reel Collectors Association) and the NFLCC (National Fishing Lure Collectors Club). I have also been contacted as an expert to help create museum displays and to give talks at museums and fishing clubs.