David F. Seifritz, PGA aka: The Caddis Kid
Treasurer Iroquois Chapter
Favorite Fly: Henryville Caddis
Favorite River: West Canada Creek
Favorite Music: The Grateful Dead
Perfect Day: Fly Fishing from sun-up to sun-down, while smoking a good Cigar!
As a kid growing up in Liverpool the two things I always wanted to do were fish and golf. Golf is now my profession, and fishing my passion, and more precisely fly fishing and fly tying. My dad always said when you find something you love to do and can get paid to do it, that’s Happiness!
As long as I can remember fishing was always on my mind, as a kid at camp in the Adirondacks I would fish every minute of the day I would sit at the end of the dock and cast till my arm was close to falling off. I would fish for anything that swam in the lake or the stream. Around the age of 10, I caught my first trout, a wild brook trout from a stream so cold you couldn’t swim for very long for fear of getting hypothermia. We caught several more that day and when we got home my farther let us know there was no need to keep so many fish, just one or two would do each trip. That was the most beautiful fish I had ever seen. I was hooked as they say, and I put more miles on my bike that summer looking for those small streams and places on the Independence River where those fish were. I couldn’t get enough!
I was first introduced to fly fishing around the age of 13. Our Boy Scout troop had a movie night and the old classic film The Way of the Trout was playing. I will never forget that movie, again I was hooked! I got my hands on a 7 foot telescopic rod, can’t tell you what the weight was, but it was brown. My reel was an old level wind bait casting reel, and I didn’t even have backing just an old level Cortland line tied to the spool that I got from Vad’s Sport shop. My leader was a length of mono, but I taught myself to cast and caught more smallmouth bass out of Pleasant Lake over the next few summers than ever.
My interest for fly tying evolved from my days as a kid, I would make my own lures out of anything I found. I got a little more serious about fly tying in high school, as my good friend Tony and I had just got into Steelhead fishing with noodle rods, we would lose dozens of flies on the Salmon River each time we went out. My parents got me my first fly tying kit from Orvis for my birthday, and away we went, we tied more yarn flies than 10 fisherman could lose. Again I was hooked.
After a few years out west in Southern California, where I spent no time fishing. My wife and I moved back east to the DC area, and I joined the local chapter of TU. The members in that chapter hosted a Fish with a Member trip twice a month, one trip was to Virginia streams and the other to Maryland streams. I soon became very familiar with those streams and fished every chance I could. My favorite stream was The Gunpowder, a tail water stream north of Baltimore. It was all wild browns, catch and release only. I was humbled by that stream and spent many fishless days. However after a lot of reading and countless hours on that stream, talking with other fisherman and making friends with the local fly shop owner, I became what I would call a proficient fly fisherman. The next step was fly tying, I first got into to save money, Ha! what a joke that was, but I also got real serious about tying because the flies I bought were close, but I wanted perfect imitations, that were closer in size and color to what I thought were correct. Can you say hooked again!
When we moved back to Central New York, I again joined my local chapter of TU, to meet some likeminded people and get the skinny on some local streams. I soon found myself getting involved with and volunteering for chapter projects and events. The next thing was becoming a Board member, then an officer. My time as an officer has had a lasting influence on me and on the projects I have created. The one I’m most proud of is Tie One On. It started from an idea to get a bunch of guys together to tie flies, to our major fund raising event. Like my father said when you find something you love to do and you can get paid to do it that’s happiness. My 12 years back here in CNY and with the Iroquois Chapter have only just begun, I look forward to the next 12.
My view on Catch and Release: I practice catch and release for three reasons, 1. I can lie about how many fish I caught. 2. If I want to eat fish I would rather go to the fish market. 3. Have you ever seen the look on a kids face when he catches a fish, PRICELESS!
I don’t care if you practice catch and release it’s your choice, but please if you fish, DO IT BY THE RULES!