My journey in pursuit of trout with the fly began over 42 years ago with an old fly rod and a home made wooden fly vice. What a gift that was. The woods and waters of Pennsylvania, the Appalachian Mountains and beyond have brought a life of admiration for the wilderness, forests, wildlife, and a thirst for “what lies beyond the next bend in the stream and over the mountain".
Fly fishing and the woods life is a lifestyle in which everyday I am involved in tying flies, fly fishing, trapping and hunting.
My primary focus on the art and history of fly tying, which is a n'ch and romantic culmination of woodsmen, artists and literature that lies at the heart of early Amen’can history. The flies from the 1800’s and early 1900’s tell a story of their originators. The men and women in pursuit of wild trout and salmon; their names are in the annals of history with their flies, and their stories.
I tie framed fly plates for display as well as flies for the waters, from oil paintings in classic books by Charles F. Orvis, Mary Orvis Marbury, Carrie Stevens, Herb Welch, and Ray Bergman as well as many patterns that l have developed in the old tradition. With a website on fly tying history, grizzlykingfly.com as well as an active presence on social media, I hope to carry on the tradition of fly tying and fishing with wet flies, streamers and dry flies from this golden era of fly fishing. I have and continue to write articles involving a number of top contemporary fly tyers that are passionate about continuing the traditional fly casting methods.
There is a lively and interested new generation diving into this great woodland sport, and they are excited to learn and continue in the traditional methods. I, along with my associates, are excited to pass this on and maybe they will also find the thrill of swinging an old wet fly or streamer downstream.