I love sharing the fly-fishing knowledge learned from my mentors and from my personal experiences on the water with my clients. My guiding is heavily instruction-based for men, women, and children. I focus on stream entomology, fly tying, water reading, casting, and catch-and-release techniques. During fall and winter, I split my time between Pine Creek and the Erie and Ohio tributaries, where I enjoy chasing Steelhead. I guide on a wide variety of waters for many different species such as brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, steelhead, carp, bass, and musky. I do both walk-and-wade trips along with float trips for individuals and groups. Over the last few years, I have also enjoyed teaching fly-fishing skills to breast cancer survivors, many of whom have become not only avid fly fishers but also close friends.
"My ultimate goal is to introduce fly fishing, and what this amazing sport has to offer, to others."
I have served as president of the Slate Run Sportsman's Club in Slate Run, PA. At present, I am involved in many local fishing clubs, stockings, and conservation activities in both PA and NY, including the Steelhead Association in Erie, PA, the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum, and the 50-50 Orvis program where I introduce women to fly fishing. I help Boy Scouts get their fishing badges, instruct fly fishing programs to cancer survivors and veterans, and teach fly fishing skills through the PA Fish and Boat Commission, where I enjoy introducing women to the sport of fly fishing.
My prices range from $195 for a half-day trip, $450 for a full-day float trip.
A list of the main target species I fish includes wild brown trout, wild brook trout, Kamloop rainbow trout, bass, muskie and steelhead.
April through October is trout and other seasonal fish. October through April is steelhead season.
The main area in which I guide, the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, is a deep valley gorge though which run several prime wild trout streams. Pine Creek is easily accessible, and is also wade-friendly. Others are wild mountain streams with pocket water, rocks, slate banks, rocky ridges, and long runs surrounded on all sides by mossy banks and beautiful vegetation. The area is easily accessible.
April and May are cool with daytime daytime temperatures ranging from the 30s to the 50s, with nighttime temperatures in the 30s. June temperatures tend to be warmer with daytime highs in the 60s and 70s.
What I provide my clients: Technical instruction, personally hand-tied flies, life jackets, plus food and beverages for all float trips. Generally, clients provide their own gear and rods.
Clients should dress accordingly for weather and bring along bug spray, polaroid sun glasses, hat, sunscreen, waders, rain jackets, fishing vest, lightweight socks, long-sleeved fishing shirts, and any special dietary or medication needs.
On Pine Creek: 9 ft rods (5 and 6 weight), 5 and 6 weigh-forward fly lines. On the other area streams: 6 to 7 ft rods (3,4 or 5), and 3, 4, or 5 weight-forward fly lines.
The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon area offers wide variety of trail riding, hiking, bird watching, camping, and kayaking. The scenery is breathtaking in the canyon.Clients should bring their cameras.
I fish with a Golden Retriever (Brookie) that I trained to assist clients who have limited mobility. Brookie is always with me, even on float trips, weather permitting. I also carry a comfortable folding chair to be placed when necessary along the stream for anyone who might need it. There is opportunity to bring home your catch if you desire.