I grew up in Marblehead, a coastal town, north of Boston, Mass. As a youngster, I learned to lobster and fish for flounder and other Atlantic ground fish from my father. This was drop-line fishing - seaworms, lead weights and the line held in the hand, draped over the index finger, sensitive to a delicate "take" or a hard tug. While a far cry from fly fishing, it taught me patience, the many ways in which fish take bait, and a love for fishing and the outdoors.
At the University of Maine, I met my wife, Ellen (the most important accomplishment of my college career), and was exposed to fly fishing, brook trout, landlocked salmon and the Maine woods. During the winter of 1968 I took an evening class in fly tying and a life-long hobby was started. Professor Claude Westfall emphasized sparseness, proportion, and an appreciation for color throughout the class and those characteristics have remained and important part of my approach to fly tying ever since.
Maine captured my imagination. The allure of Katahdin, the magic of the West Branch of the Penobscot, exploration of a myriad of other rivers and small streams, and the long New England tradition of streamers and ducktails have all influenced my fly tying. I've been exposed to some very imaginative and creative Northeastern tyers including Eddie Rief, Fran Betters, Jack Gartside and Kenney Abrames and each one has contributed to the way I tie flies and approach fishing.
Living in Southern New Hampshire now, I enjoy local rivers and streams as well as the Atlantic coastal waters of New Hampshire and the North Shore of Massachusetts. There is something very special about wading the coastal beaches, working the rocks and ledges, and kayaking the estuaries in search of Striped Bass. It has brought me back to the salt water fishing of my youth bur in a very different way from that old drop line. I've learned to adapt some of my freshwater techniques and approaches to the salt and that has influenced the types of flies that I use and how I fish them.
In addition to the flies that I offer, I have a number of presentations that are excellent for Fish and Game Clubs, Trout Unlimited Chapters, local libraries, and other conservation and civic organizations.
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