Growing up in Central Oregon, Dillon's childhood consisted of spending time with family on the Deschutes and North Umpqua rivers. His father, David, has been guiding in Central Oregon since the late 1980s and his upbringing was centered around being outside. He began guiding by 18 and is now fortunate to guide nearly every month of the year with the family-run business, Renton River Adventures.
Conservation started at an early age with river side pick-ups being a part of each day on the water. Whether it was the North Umpqua, the Deschutes, or some logging road in Alaska, Dillon's father always advocated that conservation was an important role for everyone. His personal goals in conservation started with those lessons: filling trash bags along the watersheds his family fished, creating clean sustainable water, and encouraging others to give back.
Jake Crawford introduced Dillon to the River Steward role with Native Fish Society. The North Umpqua being special to Dillon and where he would spend the majority of the year guiding, Jake offered him the opportunity to join the team. In his short tenure with NFS, Dillon has been fortunate to assist with the Southern Oregon Wild Steelhead Petition and a “Keep em Wet” campaign. Dillon looks forward to working with NFS, other organizations to revive abundant wild fish, free flowing rivers, and thriving local communities.