Don Allphin
1167 North Geneva Road
Provo, Utah  84601


 I grew up fishing. My first memories are of watching my grandmother fish in Yellowstone, reeling in huge trout one after the other. Growing up in the mountain west, I learned to fly fish for fish native to mountain streams and lakes. But after my graduation from BYU in 1979, my wife, Jeri, and I took our young family to Texas for several years, where I learned to love bass fishing. After we returned west, I was happy to learn that my bass fishing skills translated pretty well to catching trout too.

After 14 years as an entrepreneur, a traffic accident left me with fourth-grade reading, writing, and emotional skills.  As part of my rehabilitation, I began to write and in 1995 sold my first outdoor article – a humor piece about float tubing as a family.

A couple of years later, I became a part-time editor for the very magazine that purchased my first article and eventually I purchased the company.  While publishing Bass West Magazine, I got to know and write about the top bass anglers in the country. I also started fishing bass tournaments so I could learn firsthand what it means to be a professional bass angler.

While publishing Bass West Magazine, I began writing the “On Fishing” weekly column for the Daily Herald, the third largest newspaper in Utah. 17 years later, I’m still writing for the Herald, though I sold the magazine. It was too hard to fish and publish a magazine. I have my priorities!

With more than 1000 published articles to my credit, I continue to freelance for Bass Master Magazine, Bass Times, and many information-based websites.  I also ghost-write (at times) for several of the nation’s Elite Anglers. 

A charter member of POMA (Professional Outdoor Media Association), I continue to be active in the outdoor industry through my writing and photography and tournament participation.

My wife, Jeri and I have four married children and 11 grandchildren, most of whom love to fish with grandpa.

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