About Us

First Bite™ Tackle is owned by Mark Anderson of Hillsboro, Oregon. Living in northwest Oregon allows me to fish for steelhead and Salmon on a year-round basis. I grew up watching my Dad catch steelhead on the same rivers that I now enjoy taking my kids to.

    Steelhead jig fishing is a passion that has turned into a business with the encouragement of friends and family. This business is a true labor of love. A love for the fish we pursue and a love for the challenge they present. I put that same passion for the sport into every jig I tie for my customers.

    I understand the world is round and enjoy giving back to the community whenever possible. I have been a member of Oregon Adopt-A-River for almost fifteen years cleaning up a two-mile stretch of the Wilson River on a regular basis. This has strengthened the relationship with anglers and local land owners keeping sections of prime fishing water available to the public.

    I've also been the guest speaker at numerous Northwest Steelheaders and Southwest Washington Anglers clubs. I also hold on stream float fishing seminars where anglers can come and learn the details of float and jig fishing using various float fishing set-ups. I also freely donate jigs and tackle products to fishing organizations, local charities and schools.

   If you live in the Portland Metropolitan area you might have seen me on local cable access shows fishing with Scott Kappes of Northwest Outdoor Adventures. I filmed two shows, one each for winter steelhead and Fall Chinook.

    On January 1st, 2008 I officially changed my business name to First Bite™ Tackle. With the help of a very talented graphic artist, I also have a great looking logo that will be my trademark from here on out.

    In 2009 Cindy Couture joined up with me bringing a burst of energy and enthusiam to the company. Cindy is very competent working with computers and IT problems. Having her on board will make our company stronger and more effecient in the long term. We're excited about this new start and will keep on tying beautiful jigs for the many friends we've had the pleasure of meeting since starting our business. We want to thank you for sharing your fishing stories with us and we appreciate your loyalty.


Mark Anderson & Cindy Couture
First Bite™ Tackle