I was born and raised in Bradford, Pa, a small valley town nestled in the heart of the Allegheny National Forest. I started fishing the local trout streams with my dad at the age of five using worms, minnows, and occasionally, artificial flies. As I grew older, my love for fishing continued to grow.
During trout season, I guide different rivers in Central PA specifically on Pine Creek and the Little Juniata.
During the fall & winter, I split my time between the Pine Creek area and the Erie tributaries, where I enjoy chasing Steelhead.
When I was 18-years-old I worked at a tackle shop and where I first met Lefty Kreh. His passion for fly fishing inspired me to learn more about the sport. I immediately began reading, studying, and getting hands on casting instruction from Lefty, Ed Jaworowski, Bobby Clouser, and Wanda Taylor. They have all been great mentors in my life.
Now more than 20 years later, I am still sharing the fly fishing knowledge that I learned from my mentors and personal experiences on the water with my clients.
I also am involved in many local fishing clubs, stockings, and conservation activities in both PA and NY. I especially enjoy working with women & children. I help Boy Scouts get their fishing badges, instruct fly fishing programs to cancer survivors & veterans, and teach at PA Fish & Boat Commission's women's intro to fly fishing.
My guiding is heavily instruction based for men, women, & children where I focus on stream entomology, fly tying, water reading, casting, and catch & release techniques.
I guide on a wide variety of waters for many different species such as brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, steelhead, carp, bass, & musky. I do both walk & wade trips along with float trips for individuals and groups.
My ultimate goal is to introduce fly fishing to others and what this amazing sport has to offer. It's a life time of passion for generations to come.
Wishing you the best on & off the water,
Brookie is my Golden Retriever and fishing partner, who has been on the water since she was 6 months old. When she was a pup I was injured in a car accident and quickly realized that Brookie could steady me while wading. Although, I have fully recovered, she is still by my side on the water and now is training to be a therapy dog. Once you meet her you will see how much she loves fishing and helping others on the water especially veterans and cancer survivors.
About Shawn Rummel, PhD
In order to provide more fishing opportunities, we have added an additional guide, Shawn Rummel. He grew up fly fishing Western PA rivers and has made Central PA his home for the past 15 years. Shawn comes to us with vast experience working as a fisheries biologist specializing in brook trout research. When Shawn isn't talking or chasing trout he is passionate about pursuing warm, water species. He assists Julie with evening hatch, trips along with weekend or large group outings.
Our focus is to provide a quality fishing experience that exceeds the angler's expectations, to customize trips for all levels of anglers, and to share our love and appreciation for the beautiful watersheds of Central PA and the Erie Tributaries.
Julie's many years of experience on the water and in-depth tutoring creates a non-intimidating environment for the novice while still challenging the experienced angler.