I was born (1945) and raised in Grayling, Michigan, just a short cast from the banks of Michigan's famous AuSable River. It was there, at age seven, that I caught my first trout. Two years later I began tying flies (mostly self-taught) and caught my first trout on a fly. Naturally, I've been hooked ever since!
In the early 80's, I began tying commercially and, over the next 25 years, produced and sold about 220,000 trout flies. A few were kept for my own use, of course. I fish mainly Northern Michigan trout streams and am well acquainted with all major insect emergences in the area.
My wife Adele and I are semi-retired, owning and overseeing seven insurance agencies. We also enjoy volunteering our time as Christian ministers.