Guide and Author
Gene Giza graduated from Paul Smith's College (PSC) in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State with an Associate degree in forestry and then became the first Forest Technician with the Pennsylvania Game Commission. While attending PSC, he fly fished remote sections of the Middle Branch of the Saint Regis River, the South and North Branches of the Saranac Rivers and the East and West Branches of the Ausable Rivers. He then received a BS degree in forest management from the West Virginia University. Gene was a Park Superintendent in various locations in Delaware and Pennsylvania eventually working up to the rank of Chief of the Pennsylvania Park Operations Section. He retired in 2003 and is currently the
owner/operator of Four Seasons Fly Fishing Guide Service. Gene is committed to being a successful fly fishing guide by always striving to exceed client expectations and to provide each with an enjoyable as well as successful fly fishing experience. He has had numerous articles published on fly fishing and has presented numerous fly fishing programs.
The title of his current book on fly fishing is Creel Zero, which is his interpretation of catch and release practices. The book covers destination and local fishing trips, catches, and releases of all species of trout as well as surface and subsurface fly patterns that work during the four seasons of fly fishing.
When asked about what he feels really stands out in his career as a State Park Superintendent and as an advocate of cold water conservation he points to an incident, when as a young Superintendent of an oceanfront state park, in which he received a Certificate of Merit issued by the American National Red Cross. It was awarded in recognition of service rendered on May 25, 1971, when he effected a hazardous rescue saving the life of a high school student in a water accident. The Certificate of Merit was signed by President Richard Nixon. In 2012, Gene received the Cumberland Valley Chapter Trout unlimited Limestoner Award for his passionate leadership and tireless work to protect and to restore the cold water resources of the storied Cumberland Valley.
Gene lives in Carlisle within sight of the famed Letort Spring Run. Bring your fly rod for some great trout fishing in Pennsylvania.