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Joseph D. Cornwall grew up in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.  Fascinated by water from the very start, Joe was taught to fish by his grandfather, Joe Wager, at an early age. Under grandpa's tutelage, Joe became adept in both fresh and saltwater fishing.  By age nine Joe was exploring the fascinating hobby of fly tying.  By twelve, he had become a fully engaged fly fishing fanatic. By the beginning of his freshman year in high school Joe had become a charter member of the newly formed Cape Cod chapter of Trout Unlimited and was tying flies for a growing local customer base.


Joe quickly progressed from tying flies to building fly and spinning rods, and assembling his own custom lead-core shooting heads in order to further entice the bluefish, salters and striped bass of Buzzard's Bay and Cape Cod.  Joe's first smallmouth bass came from the crystalline depths of Peter's Pond.  It was a serendipitous meeting.  The smallmouth bass has held a special place in Joe's heart since then.


Joe is an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, the Outdoor Writers of Ohio, the Federation of Fly Fishers, the Buckeye United Fly Fishers, the International Game Fish Association, and Trout Unlimited,.  Joe is an active conservationist and amateur naturalist. 


Joe has lived in Cincinnati since 1984 and works in the electronics industry as Business Development Manager for Lastar, Inc.  Joe has been honored several times within the electronics industry, has served as a judge for the prestigious Consumer Electronics Association "Mark of Excellence Awards" and on the Board of Directors of the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA).


As a outdoor sports communicator, writer and author, Joe is the recipient of the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Awards for Best Magazine Column from the Outdoor Writers of Ohio. Joe was also awarded the 2005 Media Achievement award for his book Fly Fishing Warm Water Rivers. Joe writes for Country Angliní Outdoor GuideJoe also received the award for  2006 Best Online Article and 2006 Best How-To Article


Please visit Joe's YouTube Page or get connected via Joe's Facebook Page.  You are also invited to join Joe on the various fishing and fly tying forums where he regularly participates via Joe's Yuku Page.


Joe is an accomplished motivational speaker and presenter.  He's lectured at many Midwestern fishing clubs and regional events on topics including fly tying, fly fishing and resource conservation.  Three of Joe's most popular presentations are Smallmouth Bass, An American Classic,  Buy the Ticket, Take The Ride, How Hunter Thompson Convinced Me To Forget The Trout and Love the Bass and White Gold, An Ohio River Adventure.  Joe has presented for the Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers, the Buckeye United Fly Fishers, the North Coast Fly Fishers, the Indianapolis Fly Casters, the Ohio Valley Fly Fishers, the North Shore Boys, the Izzak Walton League and many, many others.  He is often invited back for additional presentations.


To inquire about guided outings, custom fly orders, or to book  Joe to present at your next fishing club meeting or event, please click here.


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