I have been fly fishing and fly tying for more than 40 years with some brief interruptions along the way as business interests and family took precedence over an obsession. I am now retired from the financial services industry and spend most of my waking hours either fly fishing, tying flies or thinking about how I can be doing either one.
After living in West Vancouver for the last 30 years my wife and I have moved to Courtenay where we enjoy a slightly slower pace along with frequent visits to our place on Denman Island.
I am an active member of the local fly fishing club (Comox Valley Fly Fishers) and passionate about supporting those organizations that help preserve the resources I value such as Federation of Fly Fishers, Trout Unlimited, Nature Conservancy and others.
I have been tying flies since I was 12 years old when I received my first Herter’s fly tying kit. I love tying flies, love experimenting with materials and am always seeking to improve tying techniques, fly design and materials. I don’t tie professionally but over the years have tied 1,000’s of freshwater and saltwater flies for guides, shops and friends and would consider myself a professional quality tier.
Fishing Regions and Targeted Species
I am both a freshwater and saltwater fisherman.
On the freshwater side I fish the local lakes and streams on Vancouver Island, in the interior I fish the Kamloops area lakes and Thompson River and I spend four-six weeks each year in the Fernie, B.C. area fishing the rivers for cutthroat and rainbows. I am well acquainted with and am well known to the shop owners and guides in the Kootenay area.
On the saltwater side I spend three – four months each year in the tropics fishing for bonefish, permit and tarpon. Most of that time is spent in the Bahamas on several of the Out Islands with side excursions to the Florida Keys, Cuba, Mexico and Belize. Over the years my saltwater adventures have shifted away from guides and lodges to DIY adventures. To that end I have started a website (diyflatsfishing.com) which will be officially launched on November 1stto provide information to those fisherman interested in a DIY adventure for bonefish. The website is a product of my passion for the sport not as a business enterprise.
I look forward to representing Togens Fly Shop in a professional manner, promoting the shop and its products and working with you to test materials and products. Helping Togens’ customers with information would be a pleasure with specific expertise on Vancouver Island, Southeast B.C., Southwest Alberta and the tropics.