It’s the end of a wild weekend. It very well should of been we celebrated my birthday which featured a Whiskey Party and a fishing day with my wife Granny and great friend Daren Calhoun on what may as well be “private water”. First the Whiskey Party. I don’t touch hard alcohol but some friends have started making whiskey completely out of Wyoming ingredients. Saturday, Wyoming Whiskey (WW) celebrated their whiskey making project with a huge party at the new distillery in Kirby, Wyoming on the banks of the Bighorn River. The whiskey won’t be ready for 2 to 5 years from now, however, there was plenty of beer and barbecue to be enjoyed. WW provided live band entertainment, a speech from the Governor of Wyoming, Dave Freudenthal, and an air show that was an incredible surprise! It was a great party with over 300 folks mostly from Wyoming. Granny and I enjoyed a few beers while listening to the live band and chatting with friends, something you don’t have a lot of time for during the bustling summer.

We took it easy though as Sunday was big fishing day with our friend Darren Calhoun, owner of Wind River Canyon Whitewater and Fly Fishing Trips on the Indian Reservation. Darren’s outfit is based out of Thermopolis, Wyoming and I highly recommend fishing with him someday if you want to catch some really big trout! We hit the river with Darren early and I landed my annual birthday fish minutes into the trip. This year it was a nice 15″ or so brown that lit me up after I set my sparkly woolly bugger like streamer into him. Sometimes when you catch a nice fish that close to the put-in boat ramp you’re screwed for the rest of the day but it was not the case. Granny, Darren and I managed to catch about 20 gorgeous browns, rainbows and cuttys.

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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!