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!
June 21, 2014
As I write this, I’m sitting in Tyler, Texas; right in the heart of East Texas. It takes me less than an hour to get to Lake Fork, two hours to get to Sam Rayburn Lake, an hour and forty-five minutes to drive to Toledo Bend, and two hours and forty minutes to get to […]
June 10, 2014
Here’s the pictorial update of our raised bed and container gardening for early June, 2014. You’ll see that our early planting of tomatoes are now mature and contain numerous buds and a few fruit. We had to stake the second planting of tomatoes (grown from heirloom seeds) a couple of days ago, and they’re beginning […]
June 3, 2014
2014 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BASS ON THE FLY FISHING TOURNAMENT RESULTS The 2014 World Championship Bass on The Fly Fishing Tournament was held Saturday, May 31st, at Lake Fork Marina near Alba, TX. This tournament is exclusively for fly fishing and all the equipment must be made for fly fishing. It is one of only […]