Sam Lungren is the editor of Backcountry Journal, the quarterly publication of the conservation non-profit Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. Sam grew up on Whidbey Island in Washington’s Puget Sound where he developed a passion for outdoor adventures and an ambition to write about them. After receiving a bachelor’s in journalism from Gonzaga University, he spent the next several years alternately commercial salmon seining in Prince William Sound, Alaska and completing a master’s in environmental journalism and natural resource science at the University of Montana in Missoula. After one final summer in Alaska and six months of trout-, elk- and ski-bumming around the Western US and Canada, he landed a job with BHA and has been working there for the last three years. He is also contributes freelance writing and photography to several other fly fishing publications, including The Drake, Gray’s Sporting Journal, The Flyfish Journal, Fly Rod & Reel and Stonefly.
Approaching his 28th birthday, he will also soon reach 20 years as a fly angler and loves introducing new people to the sport that has done so much for him. His hope with joining the AFFTA board is to help unify fly fishermen in defense of public access to public waters — something our industry and culture would not exist without.