Motivation

Since I was a kid, I’ve always loved fly fishing. There’s just something about fooling a fish with a homemade bundle of feathers tied on a hook.  Over the years, I’ve grown to love all aspects of the sport, especially fly casting – which I think is an art all onto itself.  What is more beautiful than the effortless grace of a well performed fly cast?  I’ve love teaching others fly casting and fly fishing – even more than catching them myself.


I’ve also always been interested in tinkering, designing new equipment that makes it easier for anyone to use.  I’ve been very fortunate in working with several top rod and line designers representing the worlds best manufacturers, including:


3M/Scientific Anglers

Scott Fly Rods

Patagonia Fly Fishing

Experience
I’ve had the pleasure of fly fishing in some pretty cool places. From Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon for steelhead, the Bahamas, Mexico, and the Keys for bonefish, tarpon, and permit, to Scotland and the wild Kola Peninsula of Russia for Atlantic Salmon. Although the equipment between these various locations varies considerably, the fundamental casting mechanics of getting the fly to the fish is the same, whether you’re on a spring creek in Pennsylvania, or big water, throwing a 16 foot two hander in Russia.

I take teaching seriously, and have devoted much of my time and resources into learning different approaches and styles of teaching, both here in the States and abroad. In my travels, I’m always learning something new and incorporating what I’ve learned into my, fly tying, casting, and – of course – teaching.  

I hold the following teaching certifications:

Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF):
    Master Certified Casting Instructor
    Two-Handed Casting Instructor

Association of Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors (AAPGAI)
    Master Certified Instructor – Trout
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