Al has fished as long as he can remember and was fascinated with flies almost as long. Growing up in southern Michigan he fished primarily for warm water species, but remembers being fascinated by trout and trout flies. Al recalls making “flies” including forming his own “hooks” out of pipe cleaners. He took his first formal tying class in 1983 after moving to California. Since then he’s tied flies and fly fished for trout, grayling, bass, pike, panfish, catfish, carp, steelhead, salmon, bonefish, permit and other species.
Currently Al is a fly tying instructor as well as a fly fishing guide in Rocky Mountain National Park and several private waters in Northern Colorado. As Brand Manager for PEAK Fishing, a manufacturer of premium quality fly tying vises and equipment and bamboo rod making planing forms and tools, Al’s duties entail sales/marketing, product development and service.
Al is Fly Tying Editor for Fly Fusion Magazine
Al has written articles for Fly Fusion, Fly Fishing and Tying Journal, Fly Tyer and Hatches Magazines
Al was profiled in Colorado Trout Flies; Great Patterns and the Remarkable People Who Tie Them by Todd Hosman (Streamside Press), The Master’s Fly Box by David Klausmeyer (Globe Pequot) and contributed tips for Better Flies Faster by David Klausmeyer (Stackpole Books)
Al has patterns featured in 100 Best Flies for Montana Trout by Thomas R Pero (Wild River Press), Modern Midges by Rick Takahashi and Jerry Hubka (Headwater Books), 100 Best Flies for Colorado Trout by Thomas R Pero (Wild River Press) and A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park by Steven B Schwietzer (Pixachrome Publishing)
Al is a fly designer for Montana Fly Company
Al is a member of Trout Unlimited, a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers, a life member the FFF Fly Tying Group and is currently a member of the FFF Fly Tying Group Board of Governors.
As a demonstration tyer Al has appeared at numerous fly shops and expos including The Fly Fishing Show in Denver CO, Somerset NJ and Pleasanton CA, the International Sportsmans Expo in Denver CO, the FFF Annual Fly Fishing Fair in Loveland CO, West Yellowstone MT and Spokane, WA, New Mexico TU Fly Tying Expo in Albuquerque NM, East Idaho FFF Fly Tying Expo in Idaho Falls ID, Black Canyon Fly Fishing Show in Montrose CO, Western Colorado Fly Tying Expo in Grand Junction CO, West Denver TU Fly Tying Expo in Denver, FFF Southern Conclave in Mountain Home AR and the Midwest Fly Fishing Show in Warren MI.
Al is a member of the PEAK Fishing, Whiting Farms, Performance Flies, Flymen Fishing Company, Daiichi Hook, Clear Cure Goo and Fishing For A Cause pro teams.