Phil grew up in Northern Michigan, fishing the small rivers, streams and lakes in this beautifully pristine area. As a young adult, he began mastering the art of fine carpentry. Working as a craftsman for many years, he perfected his craft, with the help of many mentors along the way. Fly fishing was always his favorite pass time, and tying flies became an obsession in the form of field research. Feeling frustrated at limitations of wading the local rivers, he set out to build a small drift boat that could successfully navigate the small rivers in Northern Michigan. The first drifter was a twelve foot, two seater, and is now represented by Orvis. Guiding was a natural choice for Phil. He began taking clients in his hand crafted boats, and instructing them on the art of fly fishing, with great success. He has a particular affinity for hunting trophy brown trout at night, which requires tenacious ability, and a sensitivity to their culinary tastes. Being a native to the area, and knowing the terrain and itʼs inhabitants well, made tying, guiding and boat building a natural choice for Phil.