I began fishing as a young boy in Sheboygan, Wisconsin for species that included trout, bass, walleye, steelhead and salmon. I gained a great deal of fishing experience there which happened to include mastering the art of musky fishing with my bare hands!
Formerly a professional musician, my musical groups were conveniently booked near a number of the country’s finest fly fishing destinations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming enabling me to fine-tune my fly fishing skills. I am a former Vice President and member of the Land of Sky Trout Unlimited Chapter, former volunteer for Casting for Recovery retreats, collector of antique bamboo fly rods and a big fan of the Green Bay Packers.
As a former freelance guide for local guide services such as Hunter Banks, Davidson River Outfitters, Altamont Anglers and, from 2005 to 2019, as a guide, instructor and shop manager for Curtis Wright Outfitters, I have a great passion for teaching and sharing my knowledge and experience from the 40 plus years I've been fishing (25 of which have been in WNC and Tennessee).
Whether it’s chasing Backcountry Brookies along the Blue Ridge Parkway or in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Midge Fishing for lunker trout on the Davidson River, fighting the acrobatic Rainbows of the Cherokee Trophy Water, catching the Sulphur Hatch on the South Holston River, or stalking Smallmouth Bass on the French Broad River, I have the knowledge and experience to provide the fly fishing adventure you’re seeking.
I believe in three essentials for a successful guided fly fishing trip:
#1 – Have Fun! Keep things simple, make sure we all enjoy the day and have a good time on the water.
#2 – Learn something – Provide patient personal attention to teach each guest enough about fly fishing so that the next time they go they can do it on their own or advance their existing skills.
#3 – Catch fish! Small fish, big fish, a few fish, lots of fish! Catch fish!
As a professional fly fishing guide I focus on providing a fly fishing experience of a lifetime and making memories on the water while growing lasting relationships with each of my guests.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or to book a fly fishing trip with me.