Fly Fishing for Trout
Mike Heck has been fly fishing the beloved Cumberland Valley streams since boyhood. His childhood fishing years would be spent on the Falling Springs, where one could get a $0.25 ice cream from Frey’s Dairy and then back to fishing. Once Mike got his PA driver’s licenses it was “game on”. Days out of school would be spent on the many great spring creeks in the area. Mike was blessed to have been able to learn the art of fly fishing on some of the hardest and most famous spring creeks in the country.
Mike Heck is the author of, “Spring Creek Strategies.” Mike also helped with, “Tying Dry Flies.” He has published articles in Fly Fisherman, American Angler and Fish and Fly Magazine.
Mike operates an Orvis Endorsed professional guide service for the Falling Springs, Letort, Yellow Breeches and many other South Central PA trout streams. Mike is also an innovative fly tyer with several patterns credited to his name. These flies include his Simple Shrimp, Big Eye Rainbow, Mike’s Midges Pupa, the snowshoe emerger series of patterns and his well know baetis and sulphur nymphs.
Bass on the Fly
Brian Shumaker is the owner and operator of Susquehanna River Guides in South Central Pennsylvania, specializing in fly-fishing for smallmouth bass and other warm water species.
Brian’s love of fishing started at an early age, encouraged by his father. After many years exploring the bigger rivers and smaller warm water streams, Brian started Susquehanna River Guides in 1993 as a way to share his love of the rivers and fly-fishing with others. Today clients have come from every reach of the United States, Canada, as well as Europe have come to South Central Pennsylvania to discover the thrill og fly-fishing for smallmouth bass and other warm water fishes.
Brian is on the pro staff for Sage Fly Rods, RIO Products, Costa Sunglasses, and Columbia Clothing. Brian is also associated with Simms and Fish Pond. Brian is a speaker at many local and regional clubs and organizations, as well as many fishing and outdoor shows. Numerous publications, both local and national have featured Brian and Susquehanna River Guides. Brian has contributed to books and has written chapters for a book that will be published in 2015.
Fly Fishing for Trout
Dave Rothrock has been pursuing trout, and other species, with a fly rod since the mid-1960’s and he’s been tying flies for a bit longer than he’s been fishing them. He has fished throughout the East, into the Midwest, and Europe where he fished great waters in Austria and Slovenia. Dave’s articles have appeared in FLY FISHERMAN, AMERICAN ANGLER and PENNSYLVANIA ANGLER magazines as well as other publications. His fly patterns have have graced the pages of various publications, books and calendars. He has presented programs on fly-fishing related topics to groups throughout the Eastern U.S. and Canada. Dave is also a co-author of the book “Keystone Fly Fishing: The Ultimate Guide to Pennsylvania’s Best Water.”
he’s been tying flies for a bit longer than he’s been fishing them. He has fished throughout the East, into the Midwest, and Europe where he fished great waters in Austria and Slovenia. Dave’s articles have appeared in FLY FISHERMAN, AMERICAN ANGLER and PENNSYLVANIA ANGLER magazines as well as other publications. His fly patterns have have graced the pages of various publications, books and calendars. He has presented programs on fly-fishing related topics to groups throughout the Eastern U.S. and Canada. Dave is also a co-author of the book “Keystone Fly Fishing: The Ultimate Guide to Pennsylvania’s Best Water.”
Fly Fishing for Trout
Mike Ritts grew up outside Philadelphia where he learned to tie flies and fly fish in the 1970s. His interest in fly fishing began when he found an old fly tying kit in the attic as a young boy and could not believe a fish could be caught on a bunch of feathers. In the beginning he had no one to teach him and learned mostly by trial and error like most of us do. He was forever hooked when he caught his first fly on an ugly green clump of feathers and fur only an eight year old boy could tie. Over the next 45 years he had the opportunity to fish the west and in the process met some amazing fishermen and learned the techniques that were invented in the Rockies.
For the last 30 years he has lived along the Yellow Breeches Creek (in Lisburn, PA) with his wife and three children, fishing when he could, while he raised a family, worked as a middle school science teacher (physics, chemistry, earth science and biology) and wrote science textbooks. Working cut into fishing time but not into learning different fly fishing techniques. He is an avid outdoorsman but fly fishing for trout is his number one love.
After retiring from teaching he turned to fly fishing nearly full time and learning the Yellow Breeches Creek. He is currently on the board of directors of the Yellow Breeches Anglers and Conservation Association (YBAC) and volunteers as an assistant nursery manager where he helps raise approximately 36000 trout for the Yellow Breeches Creek. He also float stocks three sections of the creek and in the process learned some of the best waters on the stream.
In his opinion the most important quality of a fishing guide is patience which he has in abundance due to his experience teaching middle school students for over 30 years. He believes the best part of teaching someone anything, is watching them succeed and the tougher the challenge the bigger the reward. He enjoys teaching the art of traditional fly fishing and especially the newer tight line nymphing techniques that have recently become popular. He also understands the importance of tailoring the fishing day to the abilities and interests of the client, whether they are a total beginner, an expert who wishes to learn a new method or someone who just wants company on an unfamiliar stream.
Fly Fishing for Trout
Thom started fishing the Yellow Breeches at the age of 10 in the mid 50’s. He has been fishing the streams in South Central Pa ever since. He had one 3 year hiatus when he moved to the Pacific Northwest and fished the streams of Oregon and Northern California.
He is a registered Guide in Pa and guides on the South Central streams, from Bob’s creek in the west to the Codorus Creek in the East. Thom began tying flies in the mid 70’s and was the fly tying instructor at The Yellow Breeches fly shop in Boiling Springs for the past 7 years. Before coming to YBO he worked for the Orvis store in York Pa where he was a casting and tying instructor.
Thom is a contract tier for Orvis and Holly Flies and is on the Beulah Rods Pro Staff. He is well known for his CDC patterns and gives tying demos using this versatile material.
Fly Fishing Instructor
Nick has been involved in the Fly Fishing industry for over 30 years in various facets of the business. Teaching fly casting, fly fishing and fly tying has been the most rewarding part of the business. He brings professionalism and passion for Fly Fishing to all his classes. To learn, develop and excel in Fly Fishing requires an instructor with a gentle hand and personal attention. He’s been doing business this way since 1980.
River Smallmouth Bass – Traditional Tackle
Born in 1963, at a very young age, Brian’s father started teaching him to fish, hunt, and trap. Fishing first for trout in creeks with spinning tackle then later with fly tackle. When Brian turned 18 he bought his first boat, and that’s when he fell in love with river smallmouth fishing. Brian’s current boat is a custom Snyder Jet Boat powered by a 90/65 Mercury Jet Drive. He is commercially insured and a Pa Licensed guide.
When Brian is not guiding trips on the Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers, he enjoys fly fishing and spin fishing for trout, hunting, trapping, and bird hunting with his dog Maggie.
Spend a day with Brian on the river and he’ll teach you his fishing styles for catching river smallmouths using the proper gear and bait for an action-packed day on the water.
Born in 1954 in southwestern PA, Tony had very little opportunity to fly fish for trout. However, he was determined to do just that. For his 12th birthday he received a fly tying kit for his Christmas present. That old cane fly rod of his dad from WWII was not a great tool, however, it was the start of his life long passion. He did find a few streams in the Uniontown, PA mountains to fish and was hooked for life. Reading about the great streams of the Cumberland Valley gave him more incentive to pursue his life long dream.
When he and his wife Karen got married in 1979, they decided to make the Cumberland Valley their home. Fishing with and learning from some of the east coast’s finest fly fishermen has made a major impact on his life. The limestone streams in this valley are technical and require patience and plenty of skill. Spending over 300 plus days a year on the water, has given him experienced skills and has been a blessing to be able to apply this knowledge to other waters also. Tony has fished many local and PA waters as well as streams in Colorado, New Mexico, Alaska, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, New York, Michigan, North Carolina, all of the New England states and salt water flyfishing in North Carolina. He can be found fishing for warm water species, such as bass, crappie and whatever will take his fly.
Working at fly shops and owning his own business (The Addicted Angler), has kept him busy and has enhanced his experience to be able to provide quality beginners, intermediate and advance fishing schools and private guiding. Tony has been assistant nursery manager for the Yellow Breeches Anglers and Conservation Association, as well as Vice President of the Warriors Trail Chapter and the Cumberland Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited. He has presented seminars in many eastern states and participates at many fishing and outdoor venues. For many years he was a fly fishing and tying instructor in New Jersey at a summer youth camp program sponsored by Montclair State University.
Tony has created many fly patterns designed for trout as well as steelhead. One of his specialties is catching steelhead on dry flys. Currently he guides fishermen and does fly fishing schools as well as enjoys his time on the water fishing or just observing. One of the blessings of his career in the fishing world, is the many friends he has made and enjoying seeing a beginner catch their first fish. Tony is always willing to answer questions in a “down to earth” manner and share his knowledge. The slogan for his business is “Knowledge is the Key to Success”.
Fly Fishing Instructor
I grew up an avid spin fisherman in Lancaster, PA. In my 20’s, I lost the love and desire to fish. It wasn’t until some years later, on a trip to Salmon River, New York, that I picked up a fly rod and the obsession began. I believe strongly in volunteering, and have run the Veterans Service Partnership through Donegal Trout Unlimited since 2016. I am a graduate of the Wulff School of Fishing and Sweetwater Guide School. I am passionate about fly fishing and the outdoors. I look forward to sharing my passion for fly fishing with you. As part of my commitment to conservation, 5% of my yearly guiding income will be donated to The Lancaster Conservancy and 5% to Donegal Trout Unlimited. I support both of these groups, and encourage you to do the same. I’ve fly fished in Lancaster, and all surrounding counties. I look forward to sharing.