I’m fond of signing off on my emails with Faith, Family and Fish. Because those are the priorities in my life. I’m a Husband of over 25 years, a father of three ranging from 17 to 21.
During the day, I’m a Program Manager for Automotive Interior Supplier. Their I work on highly technical engineered items like instrument panels, door interior trim and floor consoles.
A passionate fly fisher for over 25 years. I’ve fished in 14 states and have recently discovered how much fun salt water fly fishing can be. I tell my wife we can vacation any place she would like as long as I can be on some fishy water for some portion of the trip. My favorite fishing is the Michigan hex.
Early mornings (3:30 am) and weekends I operate two side business:
(my wife says it keeps me out of the bars, which is funny I drink about 2 beers a year)
River Traditions – Which specializes mostly in custom fly boxes. About 15 years old. The business started when I made a wood fly box from a scrap 2x4, to making a a half dozen or so to friends, to getting invited to a fly tying show and selling a couple dozen. Then next year or so attending a couple fly shows and sell a couple hundred to selling over 8,000 fly boxes in 2016. (I still have that first box) Each boxes is personalized by me in some form and is usually mailed within a couple days of being ordered.
Guide Recommended is a new endeavor, Only 4 months old basically, my hope is to give back a little to the fly fishing community, especially fly fishing guides who I believe are hidden heroes of our water ways. The site is basically a blog that shares fly fishing tips, how to’s and experiences with fly fishers. I personally fish over 40 days a year, but I still go with guides for probably a quarter of that because fly fishing isn’t about catching for me, it’s really more about learning and being outside enjoying the gift provided to us. Planning with the technology behind the blog is also fun.
My hope is to “transition” into one of these endeavors in the next 5 years or so. I don’t see myself not working and keeping busy, but I’d love to devote more time to casting a fly and sharing my experiences doing it.
I’ve also built fly rods and have designed and attempted to commercially sell fly rods. I’ve designed a couple fly reels and sold 700 of them last year. I supply fly boxes to over 80 fly fishing clubs around the country.
Check out David's River Tradition's Website