Who introduced you to fly fishing?
I would have to give credit to my grandfather, Eugene Robert Sullivan, for giving me my first fly rod. His gift would end up being the spark that ignited the fire that drives me. That said, because I am the first fly fisherman in my family, most of my knowledge has been gained by reading just about everything written by the legendary Lefty Kreh. In recent years I have been captivated by the emergence of the “Articulated Meat” streamer—so I’ve studied closely the patterns, methods and style of modern day greats like streamer guru Kelly Galloup.
Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there?
Though my passion has led me to countless fisheries I could call “home waters,” the Deerfield and its tributaries will always hold that designation for me.Hands-down my favorite quarry is the brown trout. I’m not sure if this borderline addiction is a result of the brown’s mysterious ways, the sheer beauty of the butter-bellied cannibal, or the pure ferocity these heavy-shouldered head-shakers eat and fight.
What's the height of the season for you? What time of year is your personal favorite?
April, May and June. And then there's October, my personal favorite.
What are your favorite travel destinations? What's on the bucket list?
I love to chase big browns where ever they are!
What you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?
Performance. My favorite rig for hogger browns is the Thomas & Thomas Spire 6wt with a full-wells grip.
What's your current go-to fly?
My five-inch “homegrown” articulated streamers.
Other than fly tackle, what piece of gear do you find indispensable?
A good hat and polarized sunglasses.
What's your ideal lunch when on the water? What do you actually pack?
Give me Smoky Bro's BBQ with a Harpoon IPA and I'm all set.
What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?
Gink and Gasoline, of course!
When I'm not fishing you'll find me:
When I’m not fly fishing I love to get after a handful of other outdoor activities. My other big love is skiing. Snowy winter mornings are the few days of the year that I would be more apt to be found anywhere else but on the river in my driftboat. I also enjoy bow hunting, hiking, gardening—and the Boston Bruins and Red Sox.