Dac Collins

Dac Collins

News Editor

Dac Collins is the News Editor at Outdoor Life. He covers conservation issues affecting North America’s fish and wildlife, and helps tell the latest stories about the hunters and anglers that pursue these important species. He lives in San Marcos, Texas, with his wife, Emily, and their water-loving bird dog.


  • A recovering trout bum and steelhead junky, and a disciple of John Gierach, John Muir, and Tom McGuane. 
  • Enjoys thinking and writing about the “why” behind outdoor pursuits, and exploring the deep connection between humans and the natural world.
  • Previously worked as a freelancer, staff writer, and editor at weekly newspapers and alt-weeklies in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.


Collins got started in journalism while writing for his college newspaper, The Sewanee Purple. An obsession with fly fishing and river running led him to the Pacific Northwest, where he ultimately realized that writing about the great outdoors is significantly more rewarding than just playing in it. An unabashed fish nerd, Collins is drawn to all things water-related. When he’s not covering the conservation beat for Outdoor Life, he’s out exploring his local rivers and bays.


Collins graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Spanish.

Words of Wisdom

“Never leave fish to find fish.” – Moses

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