Bio

I was born in Upstate New York, where my father and uncle taught me to conventionally fish for bass, pike, walleye and musky on the lake my grandmother lived on. During the summer, when school was out, I was lucky enough to be able to live up on the lake with her until school started up again. Every day I would be on the water in my old 12ft aluminum boat with a 5hp motor that would get me everywhere I needed to go, I loved it. What more could a young boy ask for?

Later, finding my way into the United States Air Force and being stationed at Beale AFB, CA, I somehow picked up the passion that my late uncle once had, fly fishing. In December '04 my uncle passed away and I decided what better way to carry on his tradition than try fly fishing myself, not knowing what was in store for me. I was fishing the East Carson River one late summer evening and saw a guy fly fishing. Fascinated by his silhouette in the water against the sunset and the perfect casting stroke and tight J loops made by his fly line while casting, I realized then that this is why my uncle loved this sport.

August 15, 2005, I bought my first fly rod from a local sports store, and have been hooked ever since. This is the one thing I was missing. There is something about standing in the middle of a river with water rushing by me, the sound that it makes, the sound of nature, it’s like you are part of it.

There's no technology in the world that can recreate this experience, it's priceless. This is the one place that not only can I be myself, but it’s the one place that I can feel closer to my uncle. Funny how things work into our lives without us knowing what the future may hold. Love you Uncle Bruce.

I take great pride in my fishing, especially fly fishing. I am self taught, from single to two handed casting, mending, dead drifting, swinging, knowledge of equipment, aquatic insects and fly tying, to even reading water. My love for this sport has taken me to waters all over the state, as well as Oregon, Nevada, Alaska, Cancun and Upstate New York. During this unforgettable journey, I have had the opportunity to meet a great number of outstanding individuals and fellow anglers, but only a select few can I truly thank for helping me develop the knowledge, skills and experience that I have for this sport. And to be honest, I wouldn't be the fly fisherman, the guide or the man that I am today without their personal advice and guidance. So to those few, I Thank You. Fly fishing for me is my number one passion in life and that's putting it lightly, I would have to say it's more than a passion, it's an addiction and "state of mind". You can call me a fishaholic, or even better a trout bum, or just plan crazy, and I'll just laugh, shake my head and say HELL YAAAAA!!!!

When I'm not guiding, you can usually find me on the water with a rod in my hand and a tight line, hanging out at the local fly shop, Fly Fishing Specialties, where I like to hang out and talk fishin. I also enjoy tying flies old patterns and new, helping others out in the sport, no matter what their experience level may be, camping, hunting and the outdoors, of course fishing and lastly I enjoy meeting new people and learning new tips, techniques as well as the trade to hone my skills as a guide, fly fisherman and as a person. That's why in 2010 I started Nor Cal Fly Guides, a fly fishing guide service, where I guide clients all over Northern California. I absolutely love passing on my knowledge that I have learned and sharing my joy for fly fishing with someone, and the joy they get when they hook their first fish on the fly. It's something that cannot be explained only felt and or witnessed. There's something said about fly fishing, that once you hook your first fish, you are hooked for life. Fly Fish Once, Fly Fish Forever.

-I look forward to our many trips together-

Tips & Tricks

1) Be the report, dont believe the report. Some famous words to live by. Dont go off of what your read or hear, get out on the water and be your own report. Cant count how many times I've heard the fishing is poor dont go, just to go and the river isn't blown out and or the fishing is lights out.

2) Its not what you present, it's how you present it. A fly that matches the hatch presented improperly wont get the grab like a fly that isn't even close presented perfectly. Case in point, drifting stoneflies on rivers with no stoneflies, but yet the steelhead/trout gobble them up like skittles.

3) Think outside the box. Dont be stuck on one technique/specific set up to fish as well as what time of year to fish. You'd be surprised that some techniques like swinging over nymphing will produce more fish, or maybe you dont see rising fish, doesnt mean they wont come up to the surface for a well presented dry. Dont be set on the "oh late Oct early Nov is the best time to be on the water in the fall. Oh is that soooooo wrong, fall starts as early as July August mid for fall migratory fish. Some of my best and funniest days on the water in the fall are in mid to late Sept.

4) River etiquette whether wade fishing or floating. Be kind to others. If wade fishing and you see a guy working a run, dont fish above or below him without asking. If he is swinging he is working his way down the run, he will let you fish behind him. If hes dry fly fishing or nymphing as hey are you working up or down, and do you mind if I work in in the opposite direction. If floating, try to politely yell "hey would you like me to float to the inside or outside". This fisherman could be working a rising fish 40ft out from him and you float over and out the fish down. NOT COOL. If he is swinging be aware of this, dont float 50ft past him and start fishing the water he is working. There is nothing worse that poor river etiquette. For some they just dont know, for most they know but unfortunately dont care.

5) Leave the river or outdoors better than it was before you came in. What you pack in should always be what you pack out and then some. If you see some garbage pick it up. Even though someone else doesnt care about the outdoors, we all know that we do, let's help keep it clean.

6) Redds, the controversial word. During the salmon spawn it's ok to fish in and around salmon redds/beds for the actively feed trout or steelhead around them. If you accidentally hook a salmon, be kind to that fish and break it off. Dont be the hero and try to land that fish just for a pic, break it off so it can continue its journey. Do not fish to spawning trout or steelhead, this is very unethical, and there is no sport in hooking spawning fish. These fish are already stressed out just from spawning, but also are very vulnerable to predators during their shallow spawning escapades. They dont need the added pressure of being pulled off the redd, fought for several minutes, building up lactic acid in their bodies, then held out of water for almost the same amount of time for a hero pic, then thrown back into the water. More than likely that fish will die, if it doesn't die it will surely be done spawning for that season. If you see paired up fish in shallow water and clean gravel around them, they are making babies, move on.

7) Let's talk about fish handling. We all want to get that photo finish of a beautiful fish, who doesnt. There are proper ways and improper ways to handle fish for the photo finish. 1-mesh or rubber nets, no nylon, prewet your net before netting the fish, 2-wet your hands well before handling. Fish have a slim coat, it's a protective layer to help fish fight off diseases. If you touch it with dry hands or net, that slim coat will be removed and the fish can become I'll and die, 3-when taking the pic think about how long you can hold your breath after running a 400 meter dash, not very long, same goes for the fish. After the epic battle and netting your prize, leave it in the net for some time. Let it regain its strength and oxygen levels in its body. After a few minutes of admiring your catch in your net its time for a pic, hold it up by supporting the belly and tail, almost cradling it in the tips of your fingers, the more you squeeze the more it squirms. Dont keep it out of the water longer than 10-15 seconds, if you dont get the pic, dont push it, back in the net it goes, let it catch its breath and try it again. Some other cool ways to take pics is leaving the fish in the water and tilting it slightly sideways towards the camera all the while it's in the water and getting water on its gills.

8) You want to truly learn a river system, cutting your learning curve time in the amount of years. Hire a guide, let them know you are looking to learn more about the river and how it fishes and its inner workings than hooking fish. A great guide will take this and plan your trip accordingly, and honestly most guides love this kind of trip, I know I do. But of course we will still hook some fish though.

9) Treat everyday on the water as it may be the last. Cherish every moment, every detail, smells, sounds, animals, other anglers of course every fish. Sit back and admire mother nature, it's not all about the fish, it's all about the entire experience one gets while out on the water.

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