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BIO

A Bit About Me...
I live near Kensico Reservoir in White Plains, NY with my wonderful wife three children, who are up-and-coming fly-tiers in their own right.

I grew up in Manhattan and Westchester, and spent many summers fishing in Mahopac, NY, and Lake Sunapee, NH. I have spent time in Arcata, CA, as well as Big Pine Key, FL, and Brazil.

My grandmother instilled in me a deep love for the outdoors from a young age, and when I was five-years-old, my uncle taught me how to fish--although he'll tell you he "just brought me to the water." My passion for fishing quickly emerged, and ever since I have seldom been found without a fishing rod. To this day, my family recalls how I would fish whenever or wherever I could, or even "cast into a puddle," and somehow have the best luck of anyone they had even known.

I started fly-fishing at age 26, and complete and total immersion into this new world was rapid, and I have focused on it ever since. Given my fishing prowess with bait and spin gear, the transition to the fly was enjoyable, and I found success in a relatively short time.

My fly-fishing passion focused mainly on trout at first. I fly-fished and read about fly-fishing as much as I could, sometimes to the detriment to my family life, a hazard that the Sages of fly-fishing are all well aware of. (As of late, I seem to have realized a more sustainable balance.)

In 1996, I started working at a restaurant on Five-Mile River, a tidal river in Rowayton, CT. Soon, I realized the Nirvana that existed right outside my workplace in the form of . . .

. . . The Striped Bass. Over the many years pursuing this noble creature I have increasingly noticed the similarities between this fish and the beloved trout. I am of the growing belief, (as Kenny Abrahmes espouses) that they are indeed "The Perfect Fish." There is little that compares to casting a floating line/fly combo to sipping five- to ten- pound stripers. I have yet to catch bigger striper on a dry fly.

It seems logical that all fish that feed in current would have many similarities. When stationed in current, Striped Bass and Trout have many things in common with Steelhead and Salmon, including their preferred actual foodstuffs, their lies in the water, and how they actually go about feeding.

On a side note, I love to fish two-handed overhead and spey rods to stripers, whether from a boat or shore. The spey rods really help to cover the water in some urban scenarios that do not allow room for a back cast, and the overhead rods really shine when you need some extra distance. It is also very fun too!

Sometimes I catch fish and other times I do not--Thatís fishing!


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