Fishing has been a big part of Joe’s life for 42 years. His first tied fly, the woolly worm, emerged out of the vise at age 12. Joe has no special niche in fly fishing but rather is well traveled to enjoy catching all types of fish in both fresh and saltwater; whether it’s sheefish in Alaska or roosterfish in Baja, Mexico. As a result Daiichi’s large hook selection and superb quality is a perfect fit to meet all of Joe’s pursuits with the fly!
Joe is a member of the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association and currently president. As a freelance writer and photographer, his articles have appeared in many magazines in the western region. He is the author of Tying Glass Bead Flies and coauthor of Fly Tying With Poly Yarn. Tying Glass Bead Flies is the first book to incorporate the Daiichi Hooks chart as a reference for fly tiers. He also has a DVD, Smallmouth Fly Tactics and has appeared on the TV show, Fly Fish TV. Fly fishing and tying presentations at clubs and sport show venues also keep Joe active in the public arena.
When not fly fishing or at the tying table, Joe also enjoys big game hunting, photography, camping and teaching his grandsons to fish. He lives with his wife, Melissa in Carson, WA, near the mighty Columbia River and works as a biological science technician at a fisheries research laboratory.