Eric is a retired math teacher who has fished all his life and lives on the North River just a few long casts from it’s confluence with the Deerfield. He grew up fishing the spring creeks of northcentral Pennsylvania. He has been fly fishing the Deerfield since the late 1980’s. In both 2015 and 2016, Eric placed first in the Deerfield River One-Fly event organized by The Deerfield River Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited. He has taught many how to fish with success and how to tie effective trout flies. Dry fly fishing is his first love but he enjoys the most productive fishing sub-surface, drifting nymphs and swinging wet flies. He honed his wet fly presentation and fly tying skills in pursuit of Atlantic Salmon on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He is a very patient instructor and has taught young and old, from beginner to experienced anglers. In the introductory fly fishing course, Eric explores four techniques of fly fishing, equipment and tackle, bugs and fly selection, casting, reading the water, playing the fish, and catch and release. In the specialized courses Eric includes specific instruction regarding fishing with dries, or fishing with nymphs, or fishing with wet flies. All courses include a stream-side component with attention paid to technique and practical application of the concepts.
Eric will adapt his guiding to the interests of the angler: for many the goal is numbers of fish, for some the goal is size, and still others just want to learn the Deerfield, one of the top trout streams in the Northeast.