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 obession of finding the best materials. I always thought that fly tyers deserve better! After some careful thought and consideration, my wife Stephie and I took the plunge into this interesting endevour making custom synthetic material the way I always invisioned it.