I've been fishing since I was a kid, and fly fishing for the last 15 years.
Who introduced you to fly fishing?
My family and I fly fished in the Sierras in CA a bit growing up and I watched my brother tie flies when we were in high school. It wasn't until I lived on a remote island in the Caribbean, however, that I really began to embrace fly fishing. My brother built me a fly rod, and I taught myself to cast with flies I tied myself. Needless to say it was many months before I caught anything, but wading flats gave me a whole new perspective and admiration for the ocean.
Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there?
I mostly fish for trout in local streams in Massachusetts. It took me a long time to develop an appreciation for trout after living in the tropics for a decade, but now I'm smitten.
What are your favorite travel destinations? What's on the bucket list?
My favorite destination is anywhere with a tropical flat that I can wade. It makes no difference whether it’s in the Caribbean or the Pacific it’s my happy place. My bucket list and long and always growing! Some of the locations that are currently at the top of my list are Mongolia for taimen, Canada for Arctic grayling, and Tanzania for tigerfish.
What do you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?
T&T rods load incredibly well and are a treat to use in a variety of conditions.
Other than fly tackle, what piece of gear do you find indispensable?
A good knife. I use mine for everything and am never without it.
What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?
I write a fishing blog called Finsights for Keepemwet Fishing. There is a lot of really good science that has been and is being conducted on recreational angling, and especially about best practices and catch and release. The problem is that the information rarely makes it to anglers because it is published in a scientific journal and written in technical jargon that is difficult to understand. In my blog, I essentially translate the information so that it is more accessible to anglers and talk about how it can be used when you go fishing.
When I'm not fishing you'll find me:
Working on fish conservation issues and getting my kids outdoors (camping, fishing, hiking, and getting dirty).