Fly Fish Pennsylvania
is the creation of two college buddies who have a common interest and
for fly fishing. Co-owners Dean Druckenmiller and Jake Markezin have
logged a combined total
of more than 45!! years of fly fishing experience, gained on waters
all over North America.
It is this wealth of knowledge and experience, combined with the shared
to teach others this great sport that sets Fly Fish Pennsylvania, LLC
is a Berks County native who was introduced to the sport of
fly-fishing by his father at the ripe-young age of 6. His dad
ignited the passion for the sport by taking Dean to his uncles
spring-fed pond where they hooked many steelhead-sized rainbows.
The addiction, though, did not really start until the age of
12. That is when Dean caught his first wild trout off the surface
in good 'ole Penns Creek. To this day Dean continues to fish
the numerous streams of Centre and Mifflin county as much as
possible. These would be considered his 'home waters.' Furthermore,
Dean has chased trout all over the Northeast along with many
western states on rivers such as the Madison, Big Horn, Yellowstone,
the South Fork of the Snake, the San Juan River, the White River
in Arkansas and even the Alagnak River in Alaska. Since his
college days, he has expanded his fly-fishing knowledge by targeting
smallmouth bass on the Susquehanna River, shad on the Delaware
and steelhead in the many Lake Erie and Ontario tribs. Recently,
Dean has attained the thirst for the salt. Going after stripers,
bluefish and weakfish along the New Jersey Coast, Martha's Vineyard
and Boston Harbor. About seven years ago Dean started guiding
for Tulpehocken Creek Outfitters in Reading, PA which led him
to start Fly Fish Pennsylvania with a college buddy. Recently,
Dean and FFPA co-owner Jake Markezin, along with other like-minded
anglers founded the Lehigh
Coldwater Fishery Alliance. Click here to email Dean.
hails from the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, but he first began
to throw at the age of 10 on a local bass pond in the state
of Ohio during a short stint of residency there in the 80s. From there Jake has traveled throughout the Rocky
Mountain states and the Pacific Northwest, as well as, up and
down the East Coast in pursuit of all types of species - on
the fly. Western waters he has fished include the Snake, the
Metolius and the Deschutes for both its legendary redsides and
steelhead to name a few. The states of Colorado, Idaho and Montana
have also been fished.
One of his favorite destinations
is Martha's Vineyard, with annual trips to the Vineyard being
a ritual with a group of friends. Jake got his start throwing
salt by plying the suds along the north jetty of Indian River
Inlet, DE. More recently, during the fall blitz, you can find
Jake chasing the migratories along the NJ beaches and estuaries.
However, it's the waters of Pennsylvania
that rank at the top for him. From the big tailwaters to the
small spring creeks, Jake has put time on many of them. Extensive
hours were logged on the Central PA limestoners during his college
years and to this day he continues to fish them as much as possible.
Along with the time on the water comes a background in the retail
fly fishing industry and extensive experience in coordinating
and managing group, and corporate fly fishing outings. Recently,
Jake and FFPA co-owner Dean Druckenmiller, along with other
like-minded anglers founded the Lehigh
Coldwater Fishery Alliance. Click here to email Jake.