Vendor Spotlight: Tom Doman

~ I’ve spent most of my life fishing. The rest of it I wasted. ~

Tom Doman

Tom is a licensed professional Pennsylvania fishing guide, outdoorsman and conservationist. He owns and operates Penns Creek Guides (, a catch and release fly fishing guide service in the heart of central Pennsylvania’s storied limestone waters. He began fishing for trout with a fly rod as a small boy at his father’s side in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania. A fly tying course offered by the Penns Woods West Chapter of Trout Unlimited was his introduction to the “fine and pleasant madness” of fly fishing.

For more than 30 years Tom has been an avid fly angler, pursuing trout, salmon, steelhead, bass and salt water species from Alaska to Nova Scotia and Quebec, the Rocky Mountain West to coastal North Carolina, Maine and Cape Cod.  His passion for fly fishing brought him to Centre County in 1979. The superb trout streams the area is noted for have provided Tom the best classroom an angler could wish for.  Indeed, he considers having such legendary trout waters ‘out the back door’ an exceptional opportunity and special privilege as well.

Among the many streams Tom fishes at home and abroad, Penns Creek holds a special allure: combining large wild brown trout, a remote setting and ‘big water’ ambiance. The stream’s varied character is both a delight and challenge. When it comes to diversity of aquatic life, Penns Creek has few rivals. The assertion that you can’t step into the same river twice never rings more true than on Penns. In addition to specializing in fly angling excursions on Penns Creek, Tom has a wealth of experience guiding (and fishing) on other storied local waters: Spruce Creek, the Little Juniata River, Spring Creek and Fishing Creek.

Tom is an enthusiastic volunteer with the Penns Valley Conservation Association and the Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Working with these frontline conservation groups affords him an opportunity to give back to the resource and sport he holds in such high esteem.

Stop by Tom’s booth and talk about a trip to Penns Creek.

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