Welcome to My Fish Camp

A wise fisherman once said, "Fishing isn't a matter of life and death. It's far more important than that."

I've been fishing since I was about five years old, and fly-fishing since I was 12. I'm just about to get the hang of it. In 2009, I co-founded AFFI, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity based in Texas that has designed and implemented the world's only standardized curriculum and certification and testing program for practitioners of Piscatorial Therapy (Therapeutic & Adaptive Fishing). In 2012, my ground-breaking book, The Adaptive Fly Fishing Handbook, was published. It is currently used in multiple undergraduate and graduate university programs ranging from counseling to physical and occupational therapy.

I am disabled by a head and neck injury I suffered many years ago, but years of rehabilitation have resulted in it being very hard for most people to tell that I am abnormal. It's not that I've been "healed," but I've learned to manage my disability in such a way that it isn't obvious and doesn't prevent me from leading a productive life.

Plain and simple, when I found myself in the situation of being an unemployable invalid, I turned to my passion for hunting and fishing to find motivation for recovery. No doctors or therapists recommended or supervised my road to recovery. Instead, they facilitated it as I explained it to them. Frankly, my situation was so hopeless that they wisely thought, "What the heck, let's give this a whirl and see what happens!" It has NOT been a straight-line upward trajectory from where I was to where I am. I still have setbacks and struggle daily. Some days, I simply cannot muster the will to fight. But through it all one thing has remained: I rediscover the joy of living every time I go fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, or paddling. And THAT is what reminds me...renews my commitment...to Lean Forward Into Life!

Organic Raised Bed Gardening: Site Prep

February 28, 2014

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I planted romaine lettuce, mustard greens, and arugula seeds in the front beds today. ¬†They’ll be dispersed when they come up and other things will be planted in most of the front beds – primarily herbs, scallions, and such. Moving to the back yard, I measured and marked the site of the first 4′ x […]

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Organic Raised Bed Garden: Medium Install

February 27, 2014

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After getting the government’s permission to drive my truck on the public roadways for yet another year (and almost $90 in fees), I still had time to get the mesh and medium installed in the two front raised beds this afternoon. Step One: ¬†Install the 1/2″ mesh hardware cloth in the bottom of each bed. […]

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Organic Gardening Medium

February 27, 2014

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I just took deliver of 1280 pounds of organic topsoil, 32 cubic feet of organic compost, sufficient half inch mesh hardware cloth (which we called “chicken wire” when I was growing up), and a few more long 2×6′s to complete the raised beds we’ll grow our fruits & veggies in the next couple of years. […]

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