I cut my fly fishing teeth on the Catskill rivers: Beaverkill, Willowemoc, Esopus, and the branches of the Delaware, which were less than a 2-hour drive from
my southern NY home. As a young adult I worked in the book business in NY early in my career and had the good fortune to start and manage Field & Stream
Book Club in the early 1970s. This led to contact with a number of people who enhanced my knowledge of fly fishing, fly tying and fishing literature. I wrote a
column on fly tying for Field & Stream for about eight years, and later collaborated with Gary LaFontaine on the
audiotape for Fly Fishing the Beaverkill, which we later converted to book form.
From the mid-70s until I retired a few years ago, I was involved in the educational software business. Upon retiring, my wife and I decided it would be nice to
get out of the hot Texas summer, and we settled on the community of Island Park, which in addition to being the home of the Henry's Fork, my favorite trout
stream on the planet, also has what just may be the best summer climate in the US.
My favorite fishing involves using bamboo rods and fine reels to cast small flies to large, wild fish in flat water. I'm not a collector. I only own rods
and reels I use for fishing . . . but that doesn't preclude lusting for more and occasionally acquiring them.