I have been in Colorado for 24 years now and truly enjoy exploring all that the state has to offer, especially with a fly rod in hand. Fly fishing had only been something that I dabbled in during my youth, jumping from creek to creek throughout the mountains of Wyoming, to landing my first 18″ Brown on a Royal Wulff dry fly during our first summer in Colorado. I did not understand that those moments would come around full circle until June 2017. I was several years into my battle with Lyme Disease that I contracted from a tick bite in 2013.
While clearing out the garage I came across my old fly rod and a dusty box of flies. Fly fishing was calling once again. It took several trips to Decker’s before I was able to push the mental fear aside and take on the outdoors again. The freedom that came from taking that first step down a well-worn path through the lush green willows was priceless. Later on, that day I hooked into my first Decker’s Brown on a Royal Wulff dry fly. It was a gift from the outdoors. The mental traps of being a chronically ill individual washed away immediately after releasing that Brown back to its home. Ever since, I’ve dedicated myself to refining my own personal fly-fishing skills to share with my kids and others. Guiding offers the opportunity to show others firsthand the unlimited benefits that come with the sport of fly fishing.