Introducing Surf to Stream - Who are We?
Welcome to our website and blog! After many years of sharing our fishing stories through Instagram, and with good friends, we decided it was finally time to launch a website where we could further engage with other anglers who are as passionate as we are about fishing in the mid-atlantic. We are very excited to be wrapping up our first couple of weeks and wanted to formally introduced ourselves and the site. First, lets cover a few basics about why we started the site and what we hope to accomplish!
What Is the Goal of the Website?
We hope our website will provide other anglers with information, tips, and tricks to help make their time on the water more productive and more enjoyable. If nothing else, we hope the blog entries will be an interesting read for other enthusiastic anglers!
What Type of Content will Surf to Stream Focus on?
Our blog posts will cover a wide range of topics including tips and tricks, techniques and approaches for targeting specific fish species, expert interviews, gear reviews, and first hand accounts from our days spent fishing.
What do you Define as the "Mid-Atlantic"?
The vast majority of our posts will have one thing in common: an overall focus on the mid-atlantic region. This primarily includes Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, DC, and New Jersey. This loosely includes West Virginia and New York (...and Delaware - if someone wants to show us around).
Will Surf to Stream have Guest Writers?
Yes! We are excited to already have a few guest posts in the works, and we are always looking for talented anglers to share their stories on our blog. If you'd like to be considered for a contributing role on the website, please email us with your ideas or contact Evan on Instagram @dcflyfish.
Now, let us introduce ourselves:
Evan Dintaman, Founder
I grew up outside of Philadelphia in West Chester, Pennsylvania. I started fishing as early as I can remember, thanks to my brother, Drew, who is another diehard fisherman. We would primarily fish bass ponds, as well as local creeks and rivers. Whether we were wading the Brandywine for panfish and smallmouth, fishing the neighborhood creek for chubs, or drifting minnows in New Jersey for fluke, most of our summer days were spent on the water.
Following high-school, I went to Penn State to get a degree in Landscape Architecture and left a lot of my fishing behind. For the first 3 years of college I probably only touched a fishing rod in the summer, missing out on the great fishing that surrounded State College. Luckily, a semester abroad in New Zealand introduced me to fly fishing and I never looked back.
Following my time in New Zealand, I returned to Penn State to finish my degree and finalize my credit hours with a few electives. One of the perks of going to Penn State is the ability to take a fly fishing class for credit, so I signed up and began digging my teeth into the sport. This class also solidified some lifelong friendships including the co-founder of this site, Frank Young.
After graduation, my career has taken me through Harrisburg, Pa, Bethesda, Md, Washington D.C., and then back to Maryland (where I currently live with my wife and dog). All along the way I have been fly fishing and learning my local waters, as well as traveling back to Pennsylvania and New Jersey to fish the waters which are very familiar to me. In addition, I have traveled all over the country, fly rod in tow, targeting every species of fish I can find from striped bass and redfish to the endangered greenback cutthroat trout.
Surf to Stream Fishing is a passion project of mine, and who better to join me on the ride than Frank. Frank has taught me a lot of what I know about targeting big trout on the fly, and hopefully I have shown him a few, albeit minor, things along the way. We both hope you'll learn something new, and find enjoyment, when visiting our website and blog!
Frank Young, Co-Founder
For most of my life I have been fishing the Mid-Atlantic region. I grew up in Southern New Jersey where I started fishing with my dad at age 4 or 5. We mostly fished worms and shiners at local lakes, catching lots of bass and bluegill. I was all in from the start and soon started fishing with lures for those same species. Before too long, I found one of my dad's old fly rods in the garage. This led to an interest in fly tying and an ever growing interest in fly fishing.
I never stopped spin fishing for bass, but soon my dad and I started making trips around eastern and central Pennsylvania to fly fish for trout. Those trips eventually lead to the Great Lakes tributaries in Erie and upstate New York to fish for steelhead.
When I graduated high school, I went to college at Penn State, which is surrounded by some of the best trout fishing in the eastern US. The rivers and creeks near State College became my home waters and I spent a lot of time on the stream with a fly rod getting to know the area.
After graduation I moved to Maryland for a job and began learning the local fishing scene. Now, having fished in Maryland for almost 5 years, I think it is a good representation of fishing in the Mid-Atlantic region as a whole. One of the best attributes of fishing in the Mid-Atlantic (and Maryland) is the diversity of species and types of waters you have the opportunity to fish. Trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, striped bass, walleye, carp, musky, pike, perch, and crappie can all be targeted within a reasonable drive for many in the area. The key is to know how and when to find the fish and the tactics needed for each species.
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