Services / Hire Me

  • Guided walk and wade trips
  • Introduction to fly fishing classes
  • Introduction to fly casting (course is based upon Fly Fishers International texts and guides)
  • Available for tournament fishing/crewing
  • Techniques I utilize: swinging for Steelhead, traditional American nymphing techniques (inspired by Joe Humphreys Trout Tactics), indicator nymphing, streamer fishing, and dry dropper finesse tactics
  • What we can work on: choosing gear, selecting flies for conditions or intended fishing method, how to set up your entire fly rig efficiently, how to read water, how to hook fish, how to play fish, and how to net your own fish
  • Species I have experience chasing with a fly rod in Pennsylvania: Steelhead Trout, stocked trout, native Brook Trout, wild Rainbow Trout, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass both lake-run and river dwelling, Largemouth Bass, the entire panfish family (including famous Lake Erie Yellow Perch), Walleye, and lake run suckers. I grew up casting spoons and slinging bait and have fished my entire life.
  • Species I have experience chasing in saltwater with a fly rod: Jack Crevalle & other dock dwelling species, and Atlantic Tarpon. I have drift fished with conventional tackle & caught Mahi Mahi, various snapper species (Red, Mutton, Yellowtail, Mangrove), Cobia, King Mackerel, Queen (and Common) Triggerfish, and other common reef dwelling species.

What to expect with me . . . and what is provided in my fee . . .

4 Hour Steelhead Alley Trip, Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead — $250

  • 2 anglers maximum
  • Snacks (included, I will ask if you have a favorite. Please be clear about any food allergies.)
  • Drinking water
  • Flies, tippet, tippet rings, tapered leaders, etc . . . all included
  • High Quality fast action fly rod & reel loaded with high quality line. If you would like to use your gear, (hell yeah) bring it! The vast majority of the time, a floating line and a couple split shot on the leader will put you right along the stream bottom as you should be with nymphs and eggs.
  • You must provide your own waders. You must provide your own wading staff. Wading is a dangerous activity; you will sign a release from liability waiver prior to our trip.
  • You must purchase your own Pennsylvania fishing license with a Lake Erie Stamp and a Steelhead/Trout Stamp. All three “licenses” make you legal. The Lake Erie Stamp is necessary for all PA waters touching Lake Erie. Conneaut Creek would be the only exception to above referenced licenses; Conneaut hits Lake Erie in Ohio and thus is exempt from only the Lake Erie Stamp.

Big Day — 6 Hour Trip along the alley fly fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead — $375

  • 2 anglers maximum
  • Snacks & lunch (Let me know of any dietary restrictions/food allergies; vegan food options are available.)
  • Drinking water & an electrolyte-containing drink
  • Flies, tippet, tippet rings, tapered leaders, etc . . . all included
  • Fly rod & reel loaded with the appropriate brand name fly line (If you would like to use your gear please bring it along.)
  • You must provide your own waders. Hip height wading boots will suffice. If you have limited mobility there are locations with great fishing and easy access. I am creative, but I need to know expectations and limitations in order to maximize our success.
  • You must purchase a valid PA fishing license. Visit PA hunt fish

Why not offer an 8 hour trip?

I want us to have fun and enjoy ourselves. Eight hours straight doing anything is tough. Moreover, the wading conditions in and around Lake Erie can be physically demanding. The more fatigued you become when enjoying the outdoors, the more likely you are to injure yourself. Most importantly, I do not want you to learn bad casting habits because you are tired.

Questions to consider:

  • Have I fly fished before?
  • Have I fly fished for Steelhead before?
  • Am I physically capable of walking down into the creeks, fishing, and walking back out without assistance? Do I enjoy hiking?
  • Do I want to learn the techniques and catch fish, or mostly catch fish?
  • Can I roll cast or will I need an introduction to fly casting before hitting the water?
  • Do I know fly categories and how to identify bugs on the rocks in the water?

I can help you learn the answers to any of the questions listed above. I just need you to communicate your goals and wishes with me.

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