Hey everyone, I'm Daren, owner and head guide at Fish Lake Run Outfitters. Growing up in a fishing and hunting family, I was exposed to fly fishing at an early age. Some of my earliest memories of fishing for steelhead took place in western New York. Visiting our family home south of Buffalo, I'd beg my dad to take me to the local streams to fish for steelhead. It took me three years to actually catch one! That was almost twenty-five years ago now, and I can certainly say my odds have gone wwaaaayyy up.
In the summers, fishing the wild trout streams and rivers near our cabin in North-Central Pennsylvania occupied my time. Searching out wild, native stream gems in the mountain creeks, each one prettier than the last, passed countless summer days. Hunting for wild trophies, the ones bigger than twenty inches, that lurked in the deep pools of local rivers passed countless evenings.
In 2008 I began guiding in Alaska during the summer season, and in 2010 I started guiding New York and Ohio in the "off season." It soon became apparent just how incorrect that term is. There's just no place like fall and early winter in western New York if you're a fly fisherman. Then after ice out in the spring, Ohio fishing is figuratively and literally off the hook.
My passion is swinging streamers with spey rods on some of the larger rivers and streams, but at times conditions require other tactics. I'm well versed in all of them. If we're trout fishing, put away the nymph or dry fly rods- we're throwing streamers or mice.
Fish with me and I'll show you just what New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio have to offer!
Matt Rysak is one of the fishiest guys I know. You probably know the type- the ones that just seem to catch fish regardless of conditions, the type that can walk up to a pool that has been pounded all day without success and instantly pull a fish our two out of it.
The Philly native and former professional skateboarder started guiding with us in the spring of 2018 and we've had nothing but compliments about his teaching ability, his knowledge of fly fishing for steelhead and trout, and his chill demeanor. All these things combine to make a great guide!
We're lucky enough to have Matt guiding for us for the months of October and November in the fall, and again in April in the spring. He spends his winters out in Utah and just so happens to be near the Provo to hone his skills on winter trouting! Whether spey fishing the bigger rivers or czeck nymphing the smaller creeks, a trip with Matt will exceed your expectations.
Because we have the passion, drive, and talent required to be successful fly anglers searching for silver and gold. Fish with us and we'll show you.