Dean is from Pennsylvania and was introduced to fishing by his father at an early age. He does most of his trout fishing on some well-known PA creeks such as, Yellow Breeches, Big Fishing Creek, Spring Creek, and Pine Creek. He also enjoys fishing for bass and other species with the fly rod. He enjoys tying a wide variety of patterns and is an award winning tyer. His patterns are successful in creeks, rivers and lakes depending on the targeted species. These waters greatly influence his fly design and tying.