Marty has been at this for a long time, and gets excited whenever he has a chance to share a pattern, talk strategy, demonstrate a tying technique, or give a pep-talk! His favorite function at Elkhorn is the “Introduction to Flyfishing” class, and the “Vise Squad!” fly tying.
“I’ve been flyfishing and tying flies since I was twelve. I didn’t know anyone else who flyfished or tied, so my most valuable tools were a bicycle and a library card. Imagine learning to tie from hand-drawn illustrations! For me, starting young, learning this way was invaluable. It instills a fearlessness – go ahead and try things, because there’s nobody to tell you it’s wrong, and every little success is a gem to appreciate. I believe a good instructor instills a fearless enthusiasm which helps accelerate the collection of each gem.”
Jim has been fly fishing for over 40 years in both fresh and salt waters and has been a Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructor and fly fishing guide since 1996. Jim guided in Montana before coming to the Fort Collins/Loveland area over 17 years ago. Since then, he has fished nearly every Front Range river and stream that holds trout and has taught fly casting and guided for a number of local fly shops and guest ranches. Jim loves sharing his knowledge of fly casting and fishing with others and especially enjoys helping clients improve in their casting and fishing abilities while out on the river or in classes.