Being born and raised in rural Pennsylvania fishing was like a 6th sense. I fished most of my life using spinning gear and had a little passion for the sport. That all changed when I picked up a fly rod.
A dear friend, that is no longer with us had tried for over 20 years to get me to try fly fishing. I had no interest for many years as the stigma that followed most of the fly fishing world was not my cup of tea.
Once I buckled and netted my first wild Brook trout, I was hooked on fly fishing. Spending the next couple years learning all I could from being streamside, my passion for fishing continued to grow.
I had to share what Terry had shared with me that day he handed me a fly rod. I began telling friends and family how exciting fly fishing was. Within 2 years I had over a dozen people hooked on fly fishing. I shared my passion and knowledge to whoever would listen and to some that didn’t care to listen.
Fishing Lake Erie tribs often, I seen a fellow fisherman using an extremely long rod with no reel… this intrigued me. Since that day I now have found my true passion! Tenkara has taken me on a new journey.
I was Introduced to Ruben of Wasatch Tenkara, who helped me
get started on the proper gear for targeting specific fish. Picking tenkara up quickly I began to explore more and more and sharing my excitement with anyone that seemed interested.
All free time is now spent hiking into wild trout streams away from the noise that clutters our lives. Sharing this new passion and adventures with others is something that brings great joy to me. Making new friends along the way, who share the excitement only fuels my passion for fishing.