George, tell me about the first time you went fishing or that you can at least remember.
The first time I went fishing I was 5 years old and I remember it pretty clearly. It was a rainy evening on the Beaverkill River, pouring rain actually. The weather was really dark and it was early fall. My dad waded into the water with me on his shoulders. I was wearing a yellow LL Bean rain slicker that was way to big for me, old man had green hip boots that he wore for years before conceding to waders. We positioned ourselves bellow a small pour over. Dad was fishing a little black wet fly, we hooked an 8 inch native Brookie on the first cast out of the churning foam of that pour over. I remember watching my dad release it and watching it sit in the Eddie behind his leg, gaining strength back, and then jetting back to where I imagined his friends were. It all seemed so casual; I was obsessed with catching fish after that.
Tell me about your guiding and your love of spreading the love if you will?
Guiding is fun, most of the time? I think that it's very rewarding to help people appreciate the natural world through outdoor recreation. It's always fun and been something I take pride in. As I continue to accumulate more knowledge about fishing and the natural world I definitely find solace in trying to help other people understand what I do .
Why have you committed to a lifestyle that frankly does not have a monetary reward at the end of the day. This pursuit is more than just trying to get rich and famous.
Fishing was always the only thing I've ever REALLY wanted to do, except for maybe skiing or surfing, for as long I can remember. I always wanted to be fishing, and fishing with people. When I was really young none of my friends really fished , growing up in NYC it was pretty uncommon that my friends were not only as obsessed with fishing as I was but I was just plain infatuated with fish. I consider myself really lucky to have grown up with a father that made sure to nurture an appreciation for the outdoors. Not only that, but continue to fuel my addiction by supplying me with gear and fishing with me since that day on the beaver kill in 1995. Now 20 years later I can still call my dad after fishing all day on a Tuesday, and share stoke without any tone or distain. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I've never felt pressure to do anything else, and living a corporate life seemed insane to me. I knew I could make money somehow and survive pretty much anywhere so it made sense to move somewhere near some good fishing and big mountains.
Why are your friends different then lets say 99.9% of most guys in the US?
I think that it's simple. We are a group of people who are living pretty much in the moment, and that's allowed us to spend most our time working at the things we really care about.
What is your dream?
To have boats and a house on water with fish in it.
Creativity is a huge part of beating off the designated path called conformity. What drives your creativity?
I don't know if I think I'm an artist. But I think that creatively is what makes us unique individuals. So I think it's important to continue to do things that are different and strive for better knowledge of self.