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Russell R Christianson was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He grew up fishing in the saltwater of Puget Sound and in the surrounding rivers, lakes, ponds, and streams. After serving in the US Navy from 1969 to 1973, he attended the Fisheries Technician School at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington. He did volunteer fisheries work at Washington State and Federal fish hatcheries, and in the Olympic National Park. He retired in 2009 from a career at the Boeing Company as a Tool and Production Planner writing work instructions for building both military and commercial airplanes. His love of salmon sportfishing, and his career in researching and writing, led him to start writing books and magazine articles about the history of salmon sportfishing. Russ has also been contacted as an expert to help create museum displays and to give talks at museums and fishing clubs.

Russ in his writing "man cave"
Russ in his writing "man cave"