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!
August 22, 2014
I’ve been working on this book all year. It is a “tell-all” tale about targeting trophy bass on the fly rod. At 274 pages, I truly tried to compile a simple, methodical, and complete work covering my entire approach to catching trophy caliber Largemouth, Hybrid, and White Bass on the fly in East Texas. The tactics […]
August 16, 2014
The ego in fly-fishing is, at times, annoying and…at other times…hilarious. I’ve seen a lot of it on display lately. It’s entirely understandable. We spend our time and fortunes fooling critters with instinctive brains the size of a pea with the aid of thousands of dollars worth of equipment. You do that for very […]
August 12, 2014
Back in 2009, I wrote a very positive review that became a paid endorsement of Hexagraph Fly Rods. I need to update that endorsement in light of direct interaction with the company since 2012. An acquaintance of mine ordered a Hexagraph rod after casting mine in 2012. After taking her deposit and sitting on it […]