Dave RiggioRegional Coordinator, Pennsylvania

Dave was born in Newark, NJ in 1952 and grew up in Summit.  His dad introduced him to fly fishing at an early age and the two of them frequented “Ken Lockwood Gorge” on the So Branch of the Raritan River.  After graduating from Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL, he began working for Laboratory Procedures (Upjohn Co.) in 1974.  After numerous acquisitions, he retired from Quest Diagnostics in 2013 after 39 years.

After retiring, he filled his time as a volunteer with PHWFF Coatesville VAMC.  In 2014 he became APL for West Bradford and became PA DRC in 2016.  In 2017 he took on the PL role for West Bradford as well as continuing as PA DRC.  He became PA RC in the fall of 2018.

Dave enjoys any day on the water with either a single handed rod or a two hander.  For the past 12 years he has most often reached for a Spey Rod even on relatively smaller water.  With rods 13+ feet from 4wt to 9wt, he finds it a more exhilarating yet contemplative method of fishing.

His tying experience has also expanded from traditional nymphs, wets and streamers to include Irish North Country wets, traditional and modern spey flies as well as mixed wing “Wm. Blacker” style salmon flies.

When he is not fishing or supporting PHWFF, he either spends time with his sons Matt and Michael, daughter-in-law Mary and grandkids Ben, Clara and Owen or traveling internationally with his wife Pat.

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