Dave acquired over 50 years of fishing experience starting as a child in New York's Hudson Valley, the mountain streams and ponds of the Catskills, the Finger Lakes region, and finally both the accessible and remote waters of the Adirondacks. He's enjoyed fishing Cape Cod, Maine, Mississippi, Southern California, and the Jersey Shore. He was a licensed guide in the Adirondacks, preferring remote stream and pond expeditions, and eventually became an avid fly tier, rod builder and lure designer, and an active advocate for wildlife conservation and environmental preservation.
In his spare time, he got an education, managed a sporting goods store, and eventually worked as both a college administrator and Associate Professor of English. Writing about fishing was inevitable. He's a practicing artist, working in ink, watercolor and oils, hence the book's illustrations by the author. He also designs, builds, and plays electric guitars and writes a bit of music for a little creative outlet.
His father's fear that this fascination with fish would prevent him from ever getting an education and making a decent living were only partially realized. He regrets not a minute of it, and quotes the adage, "the hours a man spends fishing are not counted against his allotted time on earth." If it's true, he expects to live about 250 years.