I was born in Erie Pennsylvania where I still live today. I cut my teeth on the famous streams that run throughout the county. Like a lot of fisherman I started with a spinning rod using worms and eggs for trout and steelhead. At about the age of nine, I was introduced to fly fishing by a family friend. I instantly knew it was the thing for me and devoted every minute of my free time to learning everything I could and to practice my casting. Soon after I got into fly tying after attending a USA Youth Team clinic on Spring Creek in State College, PA. After that clinic I knew I wanted to make the team someday, and I’m delighted to have finally achieved one of my dreams.