|How long have you been a TU member? For almost 11 years, all with CPC-TU. Last year I became a Lifetime Member.|
Are you a chapter board member and/or officer? Yes. I was just elected Chapter President for 2020. Initially, I had one term as Presiding Officer that I split with Jim Impara. This will be my third term as President over the last 5 years. Over the last 10 years, when I didn’t serve as an officer, I was a Board Member. Being the Youth Education Coordinator for the Chapter is on-going.
What drew you to joining TU? Before I moved here, I used to drive 3 hours from Denver to fish at Hecla Junction every summer and became familiar with this awe-inspiring area. Now I can get there in about 15 minutes. I had a long-standing plan to engage in conservation action after retiring. I’ve always believed in the mission of Trout Unlimited even before I could recite it.
When did you move to Nathrop and join CPC-TU? My wife Kay and I moved full-time from Denver in 2008 after 2 years of semi-monthly trips to-and-from the big city when we built our home.. I joined the Chapter in 2009.
Where are you originally from, and what did/do you do for a living? I’m an authentic Colorado native and grew up in Denver. Attending Colorado University in Boulder for six years resulted in a degree in Architecture. I interned with several area architects until I got my license, at which time I opened my own sole proprietor practice in Denver that lasted for 30 years.
What section of the Arkansas do you think fishes best, and when? The Arkansas can be fantastic or fickle at any location and any time. I like to fish upper Hayden Meadows where the river character is more like a small stream. It usually fishes well in late summer and fall. I also walk/wade in the Stone Bridge area because it is nearby and easily accessed so long as you wait out the boat traffic.
What is your favorite Ark River fly? I like top water fishing so my go-to fly for most occasions and locations is the Parachute Adams. I tie sizes 14 to 20.