Nicknames: DB Cooper, DB, and Dave
Where are you at in the world? Where will you be fishing this year?
I am currently in Quinhagak, Alaska for the summer guiding for Reel Action Fly Fishing and will be returning home to Central, Pennsylvania for the fall fishing season, and then hopefully going to Belize this winter!
What rivers and lakes do you guide/fish?
I work for The Feathered Hook out of Coburn, Pennsylvania, which is located on the banks of the famous Penns Creek. So I guide mostly in Central, PA. The streams I frequent most are Penns Creek, Spring Creek, Fishing Creek, The Little Juniata, and Pine Creek. While I’m here in Alaska I’m guiding on the Kanektok River.
How long have you been guiding/fly fishing?
I’ve been fly fishing for a little over 5 years, and have been guiding for almost two years.
About 5 years ago my younger brother had fly fished for a year or two before I had so he got me a cheapo Wal Mart fly rod for Christmas so that we could go together. After many unsuccessful days on the water my good friend and current Team USA Fly Fishing member Josh Miller and friend Joe Clark took me out a day for some instruction, and since that day I haven’t put down a fly rod.
Why do you fly fish? What does it “do” for you?
I fly fish because it clears my mind of everything else in the world. I could be having a really bad day off the water and the minute I step foot into the water with a fly rod in my hand all of my worries seem to float away. No pun intended. The only thing I am thinking about is where I’m going to put my next cast and where the next fish might be holding.
If you own a Rod Vault, what do you like about your Rod Vault?
I own a Rod Vault and it has become a vital part of my angling career. Whether its being able to have my rods set up for clients for the next days outing, or having my different rods set up for the competitions that I fish in. When It’s go time, my rods are always safely transported from place to place and ready to be fished! Couldn’t picture myself without owning one.
What is a piece of advice you want to give to other anglers or a tip/trick that has helped you grow as an angler?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Go to your local fly shop and pick their brains. That’s what they’re there for! Whether its stream conditions, hatches, or the hot flies. They love talking fishing and are there to help you (But make sure you buy something! Haha). I’d also recommend booking a guided trip. Those guys are out there every single day putting people on fish so they know exactly what’s going on. They can also help you perfect your cast and help you with a water reading lesson. Just ask questions!
Who has influenced you most as an angler?
Being from central Pennsylvania I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and learning from some great anglers. George Daniel being one of them. He is a wealth of knowledge and has written some books that have drastically helped me as an angler. Highly recommend checking them out (Dynamic Nymphing, Strip Set). Another angler who has influenced me is Josh Miller. I owe him my career thus far haha. He is a fantastic angler as well as a teacher. He is a member of Team USA and has been crushing it! Check out some of his fly patterns in the Orvis catalog!
What’s your favorite new piece of gear?
Though not new, I love my Syndicate Fly Fishing 10ft #2 Czech Nymphing Rod and my 3-Tand TF-50 Reel. I’ve put both through the ringer on the competition circuit, and through many guided trips. They handle big fish really well and the companies are awesome with customer service.
My favorite fly to catch fish on is the Sexy Waltz, and to tie is an articulated Head banger Sculpin.
Best catch of all time?
My best catch of all time would have to be a 24 inch wild brown trout from back home in Pennsylvania.
What’s your “Dream Trip”
I would have to say after watching the Providence DVD, I’d like to go there and catch giant GT and Bump head Parrot Fish.
Here in Alaska so far has been insane. Big rainbows eating mice off the top, giant King Salmon, Dolly Varden, and Grayling. I also really loved fishing in both Montana and Colorado. All really incredible fisheries!
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