Dave loves everything about fish. He started tying flies when he was six years old. He owned a fisheries business in Western New York for over 30 years. He was a musky guide on Chautauqua Lake, New York. He's probably at the Blue Mountain Beach access shore fishing right now and if he isn't he's probably tying flies.
When he first started fishing for pompano in Florida, he noticed that it didn't take very long for crabs to get the bait on standard pompano rigs. He remembered that when he was a kid fishing on the east coast, the fishermen used floats to keep the bait off the bottom so the crabs wouldn't get the bait. Since the favorite bait for pompano is a sand flea, Dave tied floating imitations of sand fleas to his rigs. It worked like a dream.
In 2001 Dave sold his fisheries business and started Sculpin Jig Company. He now ties flies for RM Smith Custom Plugs, which are used on the east coast for striper fishing and he sells the pompano floats on-line and at Yellow Fin on CR 30A in Seagrove Beach on the beautiful Emerald Coast of Florida.