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Rick I Takahashi

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EDUCATION:      Metropolitan State College

                                Bachelors of Arts in Fine Arts

                                Denver, Colorado80217

                                Graduated:  June, 1971


                                University of Northern Colorado

                                Masters of Arts in Special Education

                                Greeley, Colorado

                                Graduated:  June, 1977




Part-time Rocky Mountain Fly Shop, Fort Collins, Co: Retail sales and Instructing Fly Tying 2 years

Part Time Angler’s Roost , Fort Collins, Co : Retail sales, Fly Tying Instruction, Teaching beginning Fly Fishing  10 years

Part Time Elkhorn Fly Shop: Retail Sales and purchasing 1 year



EXPERIENCE:59years experience as a fly tier

                                Fly Designer Umpqua Feather Merchants

Fly tying instructor Rocky Mountain Fly Shop, Fort Collins, Colorado

                                Fly Tying instructor Angler’s Roost Fort Collins, Colorado

                                Demonstration Fly Tier Denver Fly Show

                                Demonstration Fly Tier Denver International Sportsmen Exhibition

                                Demonstration Fly Tier West Denver Trout Unlimited Tying Exhibition

                                DemonstrationFlyTierGrandValley Tying Exhibition

                                Demonstration Fly Tier various Front Range Fly Shops

                                Demonstration Fly Tier FFF Conclave, Fort Collins

                                Illustrator and writer for Fly Fisherman Magazine

                                Guest fly tier for Federation of Fly Fishermen Conclave

                                Presenter on topic of Tying midges

                                Presenter on the topic of Midge Fly Fishing

                Guest speaker to the 2010 Trout Conclave Albequerque New Mexico

Guest speaker for the Littleton TU Chapter, presention topic: Midge fishing

Guest speaker for the Northern Colorado TU Chapter, presention topic: Midge fishing

Scheduled guest speaker on Midge Fly fishing and Fly tying El Paso, Texas and Southern Wisconsin TU.




ARTICLES:          Co-author of “Modern Midges, “Fishing and Tying the Worlds Most Effective Patterns”

“The Painters Touch” Fly Fisherman Magazine

                                “Yong Special”  Fly Fisherman Magazine

                                “Go2 Patterns”  Fly Fisherman Magazine

                                “Tying with UV Knot Sense” Flies appeared in article FFM

                                “Spring Flies”  Fly Fisherman’s Virtual Fly shop

                                “Frying PanRiver” Fly Fisherman’s Virtual Fly shop

                                70 patterns Fly Fisherman’s Archive of Patterns

                                30 patterns Flytiers Page Hans Weilenmann

                                Numerous illustrations for Fly Fisherman Magazine

                                Federation of Fly Fishermen Conclave Guest Artist

                                “Best Flies for 2003”  Tak’s Baetis Emerger selected by FFM as one of top flies







                                “Hatch is On” by Chris Santella

                                “Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park” by Steve Schweitzer

“Colorado Trout Flies: Great patterns and the remarkable people who tie them” by Todd Hosman

                                “Fly Patterns” by Randall Kaufman

                                “Fly Fishing Guide Rocky Mountain National Park” by Steve Schweitzer




PUBLISHED:         Illustrated art work for Modern Midges

 Trout UnlimitedMap of the PoudreRiver

                                   Lefty Kreh’s article on sharpening saltwater hooks for Fly fisherman magazine

                                   Bob Popovics article on Tying the Popvic Surf Candy pattern

                                   Bob Quigley’s article on tying his crippled patterns

                                   Provided illustrations for my publication in Fly fisherman magazine

                                  A variety of spot illustrations for Fly fisherman Magazines Virtual Fly Shop




AFFILIATIONS:UmpquaFeather Merchants Fly designer

                                 Whiting Farms Pro Staff

                                    Consultant to C and F Designs, Japan

    Clear Cure Goo



EXPERIENCE:          15 years  as  Ski Instructor of the handicapped for Denver’s Children’s Hospital at Winter  Park Ski area

                                   Co-director for the Ski Club for Children’s Hospital Handicapped ski program

CampDirectorfor Long’s Peak Council Boy Scouts of America  Summer Camp for the Disabled.



BACKGROUND:   Art educator 29 years Poudre School District

                                    Fly tier/ designer

                                    Paper maker


                                    Print maker

                                    Graphic Illustrator