I learned to fish in the streams and lakes of Colorado. Until moving to Virginia during my elementary school years, trout and trout fishing was all that I knew. As a youngster I got frustrated, while fishing watching the trout eat bug after bug from the surface all the while ignoring my lures. No one I knew fly fished so I learned to improvise by using a leader behind a bobber, tied to a dry fly. It worked! I did finally learn to fly fish while in high school and developed a passion for it.
As I got older fly fishing got moved to the back burner, so to speak, when I discovered saltwater fishing. Until I retired and moved to the Outer Banks, I had no idea that one could catch saltwater fish on flies. Fortunately, I met my friend and business partner, Dave, and he informed me otherwise. I am excited to meet other fly fishermen, swap stories and ideas, and to help others to discover what I have now learned.
I was introduced to the woods and water by my grandfather. I grew up spending my summers catching bluegills at the family’s lake house in the mountains of Pennsylvania. My love for fishing continued as I grew older and I was eventually introduced to fly fishing. I spent as much time as possible wandering the mountains and streams of Northeast Pennsylvania and the Southern Catskill Mountains of NY. My favorite fly waters included the Lackawanna, Lehigh, Upper Delaware, Beaverkill and Willowemoc rivers. I attended East Stroudsburg University in the Pocono Mountains which allowed me easy access to excellent trout water. I earned a B.S. degree in Recreation Therapy with which I used to assist people with disabilities to continue to pursue their interest in activities such as fishing. I am always eager to share the art of fly tying. I have previously worked for an Orvis endorsed fly shop where I developed a passion for programs such as Casting for Recovery and Wounded Warrior Fishing. My family and I followed our love of the beach and moved to the beautiful coastal town of Manteo, NC. I can be found exploring the waters of the Outer Banks in my kayak and fishing the surf or sounds for speckled trout, puppy drum, or anything else that will take my fly.
I was born on 12/12/12 in Germany. Adopted at 14 months old and spent the next 3 1/2 months in training to be a Service Dog. I have been taking care of my human ever since. I love the beach and recently learned that I don't have to be afraid of the ocean waves. While I love my human and his family, my true passion is fishing. I can't wait to go. If only I had thumbs and a driver's license, I'd fish every day. I'm pretty sure that I own every fish. I can hardly contain my excitement when we get a bite. However, I don't want to eat them. I am a firm believer in Catch and Release. Rumor has it I may have a clothing line soon. Looking forward to meeting all sorts of new friends. Stop by to see me when you're on the OBX!