During the Covid-19 shutdown Charlie decided to act on his passion for teaching others how to improve on their fly fishing skills and catch more fish. In 2021 he became a licensed fly fishing guide in Pennsylvania. He will concentrate on guiding streams in southeast PA and central PA, as well as organizing trips to the Erie tributaries in the fall and spring for steelhead. He is also available to do fly tying lessons and casting instruction. For inquiries contact him at: troutbumod@gmail.com  

Steelhead landed on upper Elk by Charlie

2022 Guiding Rates: 8 hours - 1 person  $350. ,   2 people - $400.

                                    4 hours - 1 person  $225. ,   2 people - $275.

*8 hour rates include streamside lunch, 4 hour rates include snacks and water only

*Tips are appreciated and 50% will be donated to Valley Forge Trout Unlimited

Fly Tying and Casting Instruction: 2 hour session $100. 

                                                           ($35. each additional hour) 

Matt Lacey battling with a steelhead on upper Walnut Creek 


​I fished with Dr. Charlie on Valley Creek recently, something I always wanted to do. His people skills, knowledge of Valley Creek, and fishing expertise did not take long to surface! During our very successful morning, he definitely made this 70-year-old average fly-fisherman feel like Lee Wulff, and I can't wait to fish Valley with him again!       Scott Yoder

​I highly recommend hiring Charlie as your fly fishing guide! My experience with him was great. Not only did we have a lot of fun, but we also caught a nice variety of fish, including Brook Trout and Brown Trout. Charlie's friendly and helpful demeanor made our fishing experience together even more enjoyable. He provided invaluable knowledge about hatches and recommended the perfect flies to tie yourself or where you can go to purchase them. Additionally, Charlie's expertise extended to improving my casting technique, which greatly enhanced my overall fishing skills. With Charlie by your side, you're sure to have a memorable fishing day on the water with a few laughs, some good information, and some nice fish. Don't miss out on the opportunity to fish with this wonderful guide!

Scott S.

Matt Seymour with a nice Elk Creek Steelhead caught on our March 2022. Erie steelhead trip. 

Mike Good with a nice steelhead on upper Walnut Creek 

Erie Steelhead Trip - March 23-27, 2022

EyeFlyFish Guide Service

Est. 2021

Dr. Charles Griffen, owner and guide

Joe King ready to hook another steelhead on upper Elk Creek

Phil Schwartz fishing for steelhead on upper Elk Creek

The Optometric Fly Fishers Present:   EyeFlyFish 2021

July 25-28, 2021

Return to Rocky Mountain N.P.!