Like Breathing Again

After a wildly successful spring run (in both quantity, but more importantly quality of fish), the summer of 2017 largely pulled my focus away from the water. The few opportunities spent with fly rod in hand amounted to scattered 1-2 hour carp excursions paired with slightly longer outings that focused almost entirely on teaching my … More Like Breathing Again

Passing it on

After I had lost my old steelhead net, a cheap but very functional Frabill that is no longer manufactured, I was on the prowl for an equally cheap replacement. I can honestly say I’ve never understood the value of the expensive net. Now, I can definitely see the craftsmanship of a well-made wooden net, but … More Passing it on

Let it flow

Back in January when my wife and I started planning our June vacation to Canada, I immediately started searching for places to fish.  Our destination was Wasaga Beach, near the mouth of the Nottawasaga River in southeastern Ontario.  The Nottawasaga is a well-known steelheading river and I’ve even seen a New Flyfisher episode on it, … More Let it flow


I will be the first to tell you I have been struggling for a long time to catch a carp on the fly.  Pretty much the first time I tried for it with my friend Nate, I became obsessed with learning how to do it.  I’ve seen it go easier for other people, but for … More Clicking

The Grubby Bear

I posted this odd little fly I had been tinkering with on a couple Facebook tying groups and Instagram and I was quickly inundated with messages asking how I made it.  Honestly, it couldn’t be simpler.  It’s funny how you can post a picture of a really intricate and difficult streamer photo and you’d be lucky … More The Grubby Bear

The Why of Tie

Recently, I wrote a piece for Fly Punk Magazine in which I discussed what it was that I love about fly fishing.  A lot of the piece revolved around the idea that the individual acts of fishing, tying flies, and writing about both combine to create my strong connection with fly fishing as a whole.  … More The Why of Tie

Gimme Shelter

For the last few years, my mother in law, Deb, has been slowly reclaiming her substantial property.  Even before she had started this process, she already had a large swath of green flat lawn in her back yard.  But this lawn backed up to a line of woods which stretched back a long ways.  The … More Gimme Shelter