Born and raised in Ramsey, Minnesota, Tommy Steffen has been fishing the Rum River since the time he could walk. Living on the Rum, he fell in love with the river and fishing for smallmouth bass. He found himself fishing the river every day until he knew every rock, log, bend, and hole like it was the back of his hand. Very few, if any, spend more hours on the Rum than Tommy. He has developed a deep passion for learning how to catch smallies, pound for pound one of the strongest freshwater fish in Minnesota.