It started when my family and I went on a camping trip on the Hiwassee River. My dad took me and my brother into a field and taught us to cast a fly rod. I wasn’t very good but enjoyed trying to cast and get the loop perfect. Later that day we jumped in the river and started to fish I started with the fly rod and caught a small brim wasn’t much, but I was ecstatic. We got home and I was begging my dad to go fishing. It was a couple long months of fishing just about every weekend before I caught my first trout and from there I was hooked. About a year and a half my dad and I judged the Gold Cup. It was awesome! I loved the idea of competition fishing. My dad and I had been fishing with Kevin Griffin for a while and he taught us a lot about competition fishing and our catch rates doubled! We loved it and I haven’t looked back!
Nightshift mini comp.
Dam Straight Mini Comp.
Gold cup satellite comp.
started when my family and I went on a camping trip on the Hiwassee River. My dad took me and my brother into a field and taught us to cast a fly rod. I wasn’t very good but enjoyed trying to cast and get the loop perfect. Later that day we jumped in the river and started to fish I started with the fly rod and caught a small brim wasn’t much, but I was ecstatic. We got home and I was begging my dad to go fishing. It was a couple long months of fishing just about every weekend before I caught my first trout and from there I was hooked. About a year and a half my dad and I judged the Gold Cup. It was awesome! I loved the idea of competition fishing. My dad and I had been fishing with Kevin Griffin for a while and he taught us a lot about competition fishing and our catch rates doubled! We loved it and I haven’t looked back!
Fishing has been my life for as long as I can remember. I began casting a Zebco and a Shakespeare beginner fly rod before my third birthday. I caught my first fish, a largemouth bass, shortly after I turned three, and I have never looked back. I grew up in Long Island, New York and mainly fished in saltwater for bluefish, flounder, and stripers. My freshwater fishing experience was limited to an occasional trip to a local pond fishing for bream and bass. However, my fishing focus was flipped when my family moved down to Georgia in 2001. We moved into a house with a lake in the back yard and I have spent countless hours out in our pedal boat fishing for bass, bream, and catfish. Living in Duluth, I have had the opportunity to fish the Hooch tailwater, and this is where my love for trout fishing began. At first, it was fishing with bait and a small spinning rod for stockers near Medlock Bridge. This evolved into fly fishing at East Jones Bridge and eventually fishing for wild trout in North Georgia. For the past few years, almost everyday of my summer vacation not spent in New York fishing for my old quarry has been spent hunting bows and browns out on the Hooch tailwater.
As my skill with the fly rod grew, I began to broaden my range of fly fishing. This past summer, most weekends were spent exploring the beautiful streams of North Georgia with my Dad. As the trout season came to a close, I began exploring delayed harvest streams such as the lower Hooch tailwater and the Chattooga. After catching the biggest trout of my life, a beautiful 25" rainbow, on my first trip, my favorite place to fish has become Dukes Creek. Most of my weekends are now spent hunting the monsters that lurk in the riffle and pools of this wonderful creek.
I have only recently been introduced to comp style fishing, but use it almost exclusively now on places like the Hooch and Dukes. I am currently 16 years old and am looking forward to learning from and competing with everyone on the team. I would like to thank all the mentors and fishing buddies who have supported me and taught me about this wonderful sport. I would especially like to thank Marc Karasek for teaching me to tie, and Steve Hudson for all the time he has spent fishing and tying flies with me. Lastly, I would like to thank my Dad and Mom. If you hadn't been willing to spend so much time fishing with me and driving me around, I would be no where close to where I am today!
1st Place Numb Toes and Big Bows
2nd Place Brigadoon Lodge Competition
Nantahala Winter Mini 11th Place
Upper Chattahoochee Mini 7th Place
Lake Vogel Mini 1st Place
5th Tritt's Dry Fly
4th Place CNY
1st Place Davidson River Mini
Like most anglers growing up in Georgia I started fishing small creeks and ponds at an early age. My love for fly fishing began with backpacking adventures into the Cohuttas and Smokies for small wild trout. This soon led to a passion for the sport and I started consuming as much information as I could find. I found that there is really no substitute for time on the water. So that's what I did. Spent many days on the water!!
I have been fly fishing now for about 15 years and tying flies for 10 years. I have fished all over the Southeast extensively, as well as Montana,Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, and Argentina. Now, I enjoy chasing everything from wild browns on the South Holston to Reds in Mosquito Lagoon. Although, your just as likely to find me on one of the many beautiful streams right here in north Georgia.
I started fishing competitively around 2 years ago. I have fished in the Gold rush Cup 2 years and will be competing in the upcoming Southeast Regional Qualifier. Competitive fly fishing has pushed me to learn more about the sport...techniques,flies,etc., which I have to believe can only make you better.
I enjoy teaching others the sport and sharing the knowledge I have of fly fishing with everyone. As a fly fisherman, I believe we all have a responsibility to protect the beautiful places and fish we have today for future generations. See ya on the river!
3rd place Team Gold Rush Cup 2009
Best Angler Award 2009- Most total inches caught
1st place Team Gold Rush Cup 2010
Best Angler Award 2010- Most total inches caught
US National SE Regional Qualifier
2nd place TDD Fly Masters Invitational
Team USA National Fly Fishing Championships 2011
Summer Series Mini Comp June
4th Place Rumble in the Rhododendron
5th Place Gold Cup
Top 10 at Southeast Regionals Team USA
1st Place Chattahoochee Mini Comp III
2nd Place Shiver in the River
2nd Place Duke of Dukes
5th Place Numb Toes Big Bows
2nd Place Davidson River Mini II
3rd Individual angler in North America.
info coming soon
I was fortunate enough to grow up in a rural area. Standard procedure after school (and on weekends) was to grab a gun or fishing rod and pursue game of some sort. My first fishing memories are of my Dad taking me bream fishing on a local pond. I'm sure they were small but they are leviathan in my memory and eagerly ate the worms that we had dug. Having been hooked on fishing (pun intended) since that day I have fished for a variety of species and about 10 years ago dived into fly fishing and tying. The rest, as they say, is history.
TDD Fly Masters Invitational
9th Summer Series Mini Comp
6th Place Rumble in the Rhododendron
1st Place Gold Cup
Top 20 SouthEast Regionals
2nd Place Brigadoon Lodge Competition
Callaway Gardens Loch Style Comp
Upper Chattahoochee River Mini
8th Ravens Fork Mini
4th Place Davidson River Mini