grew up in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
Fascinated by water from the very start, Joe was taught to fish by his
grandfather, Joe Wager, at an early age. Under grandpa's tutelage, Joe
became adept in both fresh and saltwater fishing.
By age nine Joe was exploring the
fascinating hobby of fly tying. By twelve, he had become a fully engaged
fly fishing fanatic. By the beginning of his freshman year in high school Joe
had become a charter member of the newly formed Cape Cod chapter of Trout Unlimited
and was tying flies for a growing local customer base.
quickly progressed from tying
flies to building fly and spinning rods, and assembling his
own custom lead-core shooting heads in order to further entice the
bluefish, salters and striped bass of Buzzard's Bay and Cape Cod.
Joe's first smallmouth bass came from the crystalline depths of Peter's
Pond. It was a serendipitous meeting. The smallmouth bass has held
a special place in Joe's heart since then.
Joe is an active member
of the Outdoor Writers Association of
of Ohio, the Federation of Fly Fishers,
the Buckeye United Fly Fishers,
the International Game Fish Association,
Joe is an active conservationist and amateur naturalist.
Joe has lived in Cincinnati
since 1984 and
works in the electronics industry as Business Development Manager for
Lastar, Inc. Joe has
been honored several times within the electronics industry, has served as a judge for the prestigious
Electronics Association "Mark of Excellence Awards" and on the Board of Directors of the Satellite Broadcasting and
Communications Association (SBCA).
As a outdoor sports
communicator, writer and author, Joe
is the recipient of the 2004,
2005 and 2006 Awards for
Best Magazine Column
of Ohio. Joe was also awarded the
Achievement award for his book
Fly Fishing Warm Water
Country Angliní Outdoor
Joe also received the award for
Best Online Article
Best How-To Article
Please visit Joe's
YouTube Page or get
connected via Joe's
Facebook Page. You are also invited to join Joe on the various
fishing and fly tying forums where he regularly participates via Joe's
Joe is an accomplished
motivational speaker and presenter. He's lectured at many Midwestern
fishing clubs and regional events on topics including fly tying, fly fishing
and resource conservation. Three of Joe's most popular presentations are Smallmouth
Bass, An American Classic,
Buy the Ticket, Take The Ride, How Hunter Thompson Convinced Me To Forget
The Trout and Love the Bass and White
Gold, An Ohio River Adventure. Joe has presented for the
Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers, the Buckeye United Fly Fishers, the North
Coast Fly Fishers, the Indianapolis Fly Casters, the Ohio Valley Fly
Fishers, the North Shore Boys, the Izzak Walton League and many, many
others. He is often invited back for additional presentations.
To inquire about guided outings, custom
fly orders, or to book Joe to present at your next
fishing club meeting or event, please click