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*Owner/Servant FOM Outfitters
*B.S Biology, Marshall University
*D.P.M., Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine
*35 years Fly Fishing Experience
*Former Fly Fishing Guide, Steelhead, Trout, Salmon, Smallmouth Bass
*Christian Men's Retreat Coordinator
*Fly Casting Instructor (Certified Casting Instructor of the Joan Wulff method)
*Temple Forks Outfitters Ambassador
I grew up in central Ohio in Champaign county. There were not a lot of fly fishers in my neighborhood. I have been obsessed with fishing since I was given my first cane pole as a 3 or 4 year old. Back then, a little bread on a hook kept me captivated with bluegill for hours fishing in the pond on our family farm.
The first fishing shows I remember watching were on PBS in the early 70s and once in a while someone would be fly fishing on those shows. The first time I saw someone on TV with a fly rod, I knew that was for me.
By the time I was 9 or 10 years old, I was just big enough to start working some on the family farm and earning a little money. After saving up some cash, I had my mom take me to K-Mart to buy my first fly rod. It was fiberglass with a mechanical reel. That rod was huge, I'm guessing a 6wt. I bought whatever fly line they had and some prepackaged flies and a few poppers. My leaders consisted of any monofilament line we had.
After years of ungrad and graduate school, I finally entered Medical school. I found myself in Cleveland Ohio. I was fishing the Rocky River and Cuyahoga River for those prized steelhead every chance I had. My addiction worsened and I have never looked back. Since those early years in Medical school I have fished for steelhead all over the Great Lakes and am on a first name basis with the streams on Steelhead Alley from the Vermilion River in Ohio to 20 Mile Creek in Pennsylvania.
While running my practice I decided to start guiding and open an outfitter. It didn't take long until I was guiding as much as seeing patients. Along with guiding, I also took the time to learn fly casting instruction from Joan Wulff. She was tough on me and did it ever pay off. I am so thankful to have been trained to teach fly casting by the best caster in the world.
Frustratingly, my health began taking a turn in 2015 and by 2016 I had to stop seeing patients and guiding all together. Due to a neuromuscular disorder that causes severe muscle fatigue, the rigors of practicing medicine or guiding fishing trips these days are nearly impossible.
Now I spend my time being the soccer day and serving your fly fishing needs. I continue to provide fly casting and fly fishing instruction, put together destinations trips, arrange our Simply Jesus Men's Retreats, and provide fly fishing consultation to fisherman and shops on guides, destinations, flies, and gear.
And last, but certainly not least, my responsibilities with Temple Forks Outfitters seem to increase by the day.
While all of these things keep me busy, I can schedule them at my own pace and that in and of it's self is a blessing!