When did you start working at TCO?
I started working at TCO in March of 2016 when the Boiling Springs shop opened.
What is your favorite place you have fly fished? (Near or Far)
Fishing for tarpon in the Florida Keys was my most thrilling fishing experience to date.
What music is being played on your way to the stream?
Van Morrison, Maggie Rogers or Moon Hooch (if I'm feeling a festival vibe).
Besides fly fishing, what other outdoor activities do you enjoy
I'm happiest when hiking or backpacking in Wilderness. I also enjoy time outdoors caving, kayaking, nordic and alpine skiing, and sipping cider while listening to live bluegrass.
Growing up on the Yellow Breeches Creek near Boiling Springs, I spent much of my childhood conventional trout fishing and hiking the Appalachian Trail with my parents. Proximity to the water and South Mountain fostered my love for the outdoors and spurred by interest in nature. I pursued an undergraduate degree in Biology from Juniata College and a graduate degree in Ecology from SUNY-Environmental Science & Forestry. I now serve as the Director of Science & Stewardship for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, where since 2012 I've been leading habitat restoration and invasive species management work across the 14 AT states. I also instruct Leave No Trace backpacking courses and serve as the Leave No Trace State Advocate for Pennsylvania. While I came to TCO as a hike minded individual, I quickly realized the appeal of fly fishing, and have since enjoyed learning new skills on the water and at the bench.