Eric's Tackle Pro Staff
Lee's love of fishing began at an early age when his maternal grandfather showed him how to catch Musky in the lakes of Northern Wisconsin. After his family moved from Milwaukee to Oxnard, California in the early 60's, that love continued, not only at the local lakes in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, but on the beach, where he grew up. As a child, Lee began fishing from the docks with a 50 cent drop line, graduating from there to spinning gear, then to a long surf rod, and finally to a fly rod.
Lee fishes the So. California surf at least 300 days per year; Whether guiding for his business, "FLY FISH THE SURF" or just for fun, Lee has caught Barred Surf Perch, Corbina, Halibut, Leopard Shark, Striped Bass and all of the other surf species. When Lee is not fishing in salt water, you can find him in the local canals guiding for Carp. Lee also spends at least 2 or more weeks per year in Baja California fly fishing in the waters of the Sea of Cortez where his BullCandy fly has been lauded by Pam Bolles of THE BAJA BIG FISH COMPANY. To quote Pam, "I have NEVER seen a fly absolutely dominate sales and effectiveness. It was hard keeping one for myself as guys were fighting over them."
On most Fridays, Lee can be found at Eric's Tackle in Ventura, California tying flies and spreading the word on the ease of fly fishing from the beach. Most conventional fisherman express surprise at the fact that there is a sport like fly fishing in the surf. Lee is a full time surf fly fishing guide, living in Oxnard, California with his wife, Karen and their Akita dog, Nana.
Dennis has been fly fishing and fly tying for over 50 years, starting at the age of 12 back in 1958. In 1970 and through the early 80's, he had his own successful fly fishing business, McCarty's Quality Fly Fishing. The economy caused him to close down in 1983. In the late 80's he became a consultant for Bob John's Fly Fishing International. He was also a freelance writer and had articles on both fly fishing and fly tying published in the Feather River Magazine.
Dennis has taught fly casting classes at Ventura College, fly tying for the city of Oxnard and Bob Johns International, and fly fishing and fly tying at the University of Nevada at Reno, as well as private classes for individuals.