Charlie's formative years were predominantly spent in Sacramento, California, living within a stone's throw of the banks of the American River. At the tender age of 7, he took up fly fishing, and soon after, he began tying his flies out of necessity. He explored the scenic Sierra Nevada region alongside his father and brother, relishing annual summer trips to the Madison River in Montana. However, a serious pursuit of a division one college football career at the University of Oregon left little time for fly fishing during that phase of his life.
After his college sports career concluded, Charlie's older brother George played a pivotal role in reigniting his passion for fly fishing, guiding him back to the tranquil waters of trout fishing—his early fishing roots. Yet, an unexpected turn came in early 2001 when a visit to Kiene's fly shop sparked an interest in pursuing largemouth and striped bass. This fascination with chasing trophy-striped bass became Charlie's new passion, and he soon realized that success in this endeavor hinged on specialized flies. In response to this need, he crafted innovative patterns like the "airhead" and "pole dancer" flies, game-changers for Charlie and his closest friends, consistently yielding trophy catches in both bass species.
Through the years, Charlie has firmly upheld his reputation as the "mad scientist" of fly design within the fly-tying community. His boundless creativity and ingenuity continuously surprise and delight enthusiasts as they eagerly await to see the next masterpiece emerge from his vice. Charlie's journey in fly fishing and fly tying exemplifies a true dedication to the craft and an unwavering pursuit of new and exciting patterns that push the boundaries of angling possibilities.