It began with a tattered bamboo fly rod left to me by my grandfather, evidence of a latent gene, I suppose.
Fishing became a compulsion and passion that has led me to go, and learn, and share the fishing puzzle wherever and whenever over 40 years now and counting.
Along the way, I fished with and wrote about some of the best and most generous anglers including Stu Apte, Chris Clarke, John Page Williams, Tracey Warmus, Dr. Jim Rivers, Perk Perkins, Tom Weaver, Tim Borski, Shawn Kimbro, Ed Liccione, Chris Newsome, Colin Crozier, Mark Eustis, Don Cosden, Kevin Josenhans, Tom Parham, Angus Buchanan, Gregor Byrne, Larry Coburn, Norm Bartlett, Sam Talarico, and most especially—Lefty Kreh.
Writing and film assignments carried me to Atlantic salmon runs in Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Russia's Kola Peninsula; stripers around Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Cape Cod; false albacore off of Cape Lookout and Martha's Vineyard; redfish in Florida, Virginia and the Carolinas; bonefish and permit in Cuba, Andros, the Abacos, the Los Roques Archipelago in Venezuela, and the Keys and Everglades; also tarpon there and around Virginia's Barrier Islands; bluefin tuna in Nova Scotia and Virginia Beach, and freshwater trout wherever they might rise in Vermont, Maryland, Idaho, Pennsylvania, and in the Aysén Region of Patagonia.
It never gets old.
From 1999 through 2006, I served as an Orvis-Endorsed fishing guide on the Chesapeake while freelance writing for various publications and producing film packages for National Geographic Today and other outdoor media outlets. I taught at the Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Schools on Cape Cod and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I worked for The Orvis Company and Bass Pro Shops, and then, the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources Fisheries Service. I was editor-in-chief at Chesapeake Bay Magazine for a while. Now, I fish, teach, learn, write, and occasionally produce material for CuriosityStream.
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