My grandmother instilled in me a deep love for the outdoors from a young age, and when I was three-years old, my uncle taught me how to fish--although he'll tell you he "just brought me to the water." My passion for fishing quickly emerged, and ever since I have seldom been found without a fishing rod. To this day, my family recalls how I would fish whenever or wherever I could, or even "cast into a puddle," and somehow have the best luck of anyone they had even known.
I started fly-fishing at age 26, and complete and total immersion into this new world was rapid. I have focused on it ever since. Given my fishing prowess with bait and spin gear, the transition to the fly was enjoyable, and I found success in a relatively short time. Now in my 40's, I can claim 20 years on the water with a fly pole! I love to fish two-handed rods, whether from a boat or shore. The spey rods really help to cover the water in some urban scenarios that do not allow room for a back cast, and the overhead rods really shine when you need some extra distance.
My flies have not been dreamed up and created from a void. They have grown from experience and from the influence of many talented fly-tyers, whom I hold in great reverence. I suppose my own style could be described as an attempt to connect my own understanding of fishing with the knowledge of the fly-tying Sages.
I tie flies in homage to the fish, out of respect to the beauty of the world we live in, and to its many game fish that I pursue with love and admiration. They are more than worthy of the time and creativity I expend at the vise. I'm fortunate that early on Bob Popovics took me under his wing so to speak, giving of his tutelage and generous spirit. I have received acknowledgment of my work in the form of numerous features in books and magazines.
Squimpish flies Premium Fly tying material was born out of my obsession of finding the best materials. Throughout my tying journey I have always looked for new materials to work with, at one point even buying old hat feathers (the millinery industry decimated large populations of herons and egrets thru the twenties and I felt it my duty to re-purpose those feathers into cool swinging flies) and millinery supplies. While fly shops and their wares certainly got me the basics in the way of bucktail, flash, saddles etc, I always thought the coolest stuff was the stuff on the fringe, the hard to get secret material, the "impossible to source" fur or feather etc. Maybe at the end of the day it was all about the search. I was always a “natural materials” guy, preferring the aesthetic flow/taper of feathers, hair and fur to the bluntness of synthetics. I always thought that us fly tyers deserved better than the generic craft fur and lame bucktails we are often stuck with.