Tim Cammisa

Former Fly Fishing Guide and Author

Hometown

Harmony, PA

Current

Butler, PA

Tim Cammisa of Trout and Feather has been addicted to fly fishing for about as long as anyone can remember! A former fly fishing guide, Tim is a YouTube creator of fly tying and fly fishing videos, amassing over 4 million views. A featured presenter and tier at events around the country, Tim's mission is to help lessen the learning curve for others in the sports he loves. Going one step further, Tim is now the author of "Fly Tying for Everyone," his first book about fly tying.

What does living the mountain life mean to you?

Living the mountain life means centered around all things outside. No matter the sport, the mountain life brings us all together and reminds us to appreciate nature in all its glory. With this lifestyle comes the added responsibility to protect the outdoors and its resources, making sure that we always leave nature better than we found it. I believe there's a bit of mountain life inside of EVERYBODY and am committed to getting more people to experience everything we love about the outdoors.

What's one of the best decisions you've ever made?

Best decision, easy choice: Becoming a teacher. When it was time to select a career path, there were many opportunities, but I was drawn to education. Working with students is a challenge (especially 6th graders!), but the rewards are abundant. Looking back, I had no idea that my profession would impact so much of my future life for the better.

Describe what your perfect day in the outdoors looks like.

Here we go! My perfect day involves my entire family on a stretch of water below a waterfall in...ICELAND! Sure, I'd get my share of fish, but to watch my wife Heather and daughter Fina catch Arctic char and brown trout on dry flies would be EPIC. Cap things off with my son Angelo throwing an articulated streamer to catch the largest trout of the day...pan to me smiling as the proudest father and husband EVER. We'd release all of the fish and enjoy the experience of being in the outdoors, together as a family.

What's one reason you love working with Stio?

Stio is full of great people that care about the outdoors one another. Quality clothing and gear? Sure. Give back to the environment? Check. But when it comes to a true passion for the outside, Stio is second to none, and the staff and ambassadors that they've brought on board truly exemplify their mission. I'm honored to be a part of the team.

Do you have any goals or objectives for the coming year?

1. Proposing another idea for a new book on fly tying
2. Investigate a potential fly fishing show for television or the Internet
3. Host a trip to Iceland in August
4. Shift the focus of my YouTube channel to lean fly fishing over tying

How do you create balance in your life?

Balance in life is key! To do so, I find it critical to prioritize everything that is important. This includes family, work, friends, and the outdoors. When I can integrate them together, it makes setting a plan moving forward so much easier. Ready for my secret to a balanced life? I work from my plan and am INTENTIONAL with my work and decisions.

What styles are you most excited about this season, and where will you be taking them?

Mens Millibar Windstopper Hooded Jacket - I don't have this yet but can't wait to bring it to Iceland!

Eddy Shirt LS - This is a favorite on the water and to wear during presentations. Stio keeps rolling out new colors...and I need them all!

What does Let The Outside In mean to you?

I love this quote from Stio! My take on this is to embrace the outdoors in all things life, no matter how tall or small. There's a part of me that ALWAYS wants to be outside, but maybe that's not realistic. So instead, I bring the outside with me. Things can get hectic occasionally, but if we "Let the Outside In" then it's easy to see the direction to take.

Any other stories, facts, insights or advice you want to share with people?

I first started tying flies at the age of 10. My father is an avid outdoorsman, too, and he runs English pointers in field trials. We both love to hunt grouse and whitetail deer, though fly fishing is my true passion. Angelo (son) is 5 and Josephine (aka Fina) is 1.