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I am a lifelong fly fisher and fly tier. For over 65 years I have had the good fortune to fish and associated with fly fishers and fly tiers willing to share information and mentor me. For 30 plus years I have been resided in Spokane, Washington. Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, Western Montana and Southern British Columbia are my home waters. In this part of the country some of the finest freshwater fly fishing in the United States is readily available. Trout, steelhead, smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, tiger muskie, salmon, sunfish and more are all there to pursue.
I fly fish a lot. The Spokane River is minutes from my home. Three days plus per week on the water is my norm. It is a rare day when I don’t spend some time at the tying bench. In recent years I have become addicted to fly fishing in saltwater. An annual trip is anticipated to places like:
• Baja California in Mexico
• Padre Island in Texas
• Southern Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico
I love the, into the backing runs of saltwater fish.
The inspiration to research and write the Freeway Fly Fishing Guidebooks series is the result of extensive travel and fly fishing, along the interstate highways of the western states. I have firsthand experience about many of the fly fishing opportunities. Curiosity about all of the other many streams, rivers, creeks, ponds, lakes, reservoirs, and oceans, seen and unseen inspired me to find out more.
Have I fly fished all of the waters described? No, but I have researched and made inquires to experienced anglers in the numerous states. It is my hope and desire for the readers, of Freeway Fly Fishing Guidebooks, to be able to experience and explore some of the fly fishing possibilities. The ever so many locations presented should be an inspiration to go exploring.
If there is water available, it is my belief that there are probably fish swimming in it. A versatile, curious fly fisher is usually up to the challenge of casting a fly into new waters.
When not fly fishing I enjoy ballroom dancing with my lovely wife Paula. In our now retirement years we spend our winters in Mesa, Arizona, where we dance way more often than I would normally fish.
Tight loops and there be a gentle breeze at your back,
March 12, 2013