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post #1 of 70 (permalink) Old 05-13-2020, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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What Do You Do Off the River?

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As many of you know, I regard the Speypages gang as a real community. A really great community, in fact. I can count on maybe three fingers the number of people I know personally that I'd gladly share my favorite run with, but I honestly believe that I'd be both honored and delighted to fish with anyone who posts regularly here.

It recently occurred to me that as much as I feel like I have in common with you all, I don't actually know that much about you beyond what's relevant to rods and rivers and flies and fish. I thought it might be nice to expand on that a bit and find out what you do off the river, be it for fun, for work, or whatever. So, here's a bit about me...

I was raised and still live in the same small town on the coast of Maine, with a brief stint in northwestern New Mexico right after college. After 15 years in the outdoor gear manufacturing and retailing world, I became a public high school teacher, which is what supports my fishing habit now. When I'm not chasing fishies, I love to spend time with my bride traveling, sea kayaking, camping, winter hiking, and catching a good ceilidh whenever we can. (Dang, I love a good ceilidh.) Good books, roller skiing, and planning the next road trip take what little attention I have left.

This is me and the missus on one of our jaunts in the western Maine hills this winter.
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Father of two wonderful and beautiful daughters, Bailey (24) and Blair (21). Bailey is a cum laude graduate of the University of Montana and now is in a Physical Therapy doctorate program in Fargo, ND. Blair just finished (last week) her college education and nursing degree, cum laude, from Montana State University-Northern. She begins her first nursing gig on July 1st, here on the Oregon Coast. Both fish with me. Both their college GPA's are through the roof. Me? I majored in beer at the University of Oregon, Class of '79. Oregon State University, Class of '81.

I have been a HS teacher for 39 years. My wife, Jennifer, also teaches HS.

I was a mayor for 12 years, have been a port commissioner for 26 years, currently am doing a part-time interim gig as a Harbor Master (2 months only). I'm on the board of directors for the electric utility that runs up and down the coast for more than 100 miles. I am the Chair, or convener, for the South Coast Oregon Regional Solutions advisory team, appointed by the governor, focusing on economic development. I am currently doing a project management gig for Oregon Solutions, involving the municipal acquisition of a bunch of timberland that surrounds the small town. I am on the Oregon State University/Elliot State Forest Advisory team......working on seeing the 83,00 acres of working state-owned forest be O & O'ed (to some sort of degree) by Oregon State University, becoming the largest university owned forest in the US. Oregon Business Magazine selected me as one of Oregon's 50 Great Leaders a decade ago, or so, for my leadership in the off-shore wave energy field. I don't sit still very well and I've been blessed with interesting opportunities.

I'm an avid reader and the proud daddy of two dachshunds, Holly and Junie.

That's mostly it. Oh, I try to workout every day.

Oh, oh...I like a good IPA or Hazy (who doesn't?) and a fine Scotch (ditto?). And the best drug in the world is McDonalds' french fries.

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I grew up in the Philadelphia area and attended college and dental school there.
After dental school, I served in the Army Dental Corps at Madigan Army Medical Center
in Tacoma, WA from 1975-1979. It was during that time that I began fly fishing for Steelhead.
I entered private dental practice in Springfield, OR in 1979. After practicing there, for almost
32 years, I retired in 2011.
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45 YO, divorced, father of my 7YO boy, Henrik. Very little college education and went into carpentry couple years outta high school. Did quite well up until 2008, when i had major back surgery. That ended the carpentry gig. Iím now driving Zamboni at several local rinks.
Things we enjoy outside of fishing. Hockey !! I coach my sons mite team. Foraging wild edibles ( morels, ramps and asparagus ) hunting native artifacts ( arrowheads ) shed antlers....we tent camp, hike, love to cook and music, gotta have live music
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68 YO. Air Force brat. Father a fighter pilot in Aleutians and Korea, and also had a fly tying business with Pete Auer and Jack Hemmingway. Inherited all his fly tying kit. I tied for Abercrombie & Fitch years ago.

Dad taught me to build rods - never fished one I didn't build.

Worked for Forest Service/BLM for 38 years fighting fire, catching wild horses and cowboying in Nevada, surveying, noxious weed control along Rogue.

Did a fair amount of mountain climbing, nordic ski and kayak racing, and road bike racing.

I still do a little weed work (no, not that kind!) around town, and still ride the bike quite a bit. Did a cross country trip to DC back in 2011. 3,800 miles in 50 days.

Now the leader of our CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).

Been playing bagpipes competitively for 15 years or so. Competed at World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow in 2017, then went to fish the Spey and Dee. Couldn't pass that up.

Son Geoff and his wife Kerry live and work in Mcminnville, Oregon. Wife Terri at home with me! Big time quilter.

Ttttttthat's all folks!
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Ooh, boy, I've bounced around a bit. Started college in '68 in auto technology, quit after a couple years. Built repro Auburn Speedsters for a couple years. Opened my own shop doing mostly Ferrari renovation. Was part of a Trans Am racing team for a few years, playing with the big boys.

Got tired of that. Started college all over again in '78, went through to PhD in wildlife ecology. Went to work for Nat. Wild Turkey Federation (not the liquid) for 10 years, became exec. director of Amer. Museum of Fly Fishing for about 7. That got obnoxious so started my old home renovation and cabinetry business. Retired from that in 2015.

Started fishing for Atlantic salmon in 1998 courtesy Pam Bates Richards and Bob Warren. LOL, been downhill ever since. Bob, Charlie Krom and Keith Fulsher gave me my first salmon fly tying lessons. Lucky boy!

I should be up in New Brunswick building our new camp right now, but there's that border thing going on.

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Other than the river hereís whatís up for me
I work in a metal refinery that produces gold and silver and I guide and teach speycasting on my home river
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That old son is what a V twin Motorcycle should look like!, not them ' horrible nasty Hardly (a Motorcycle) Davidsons, hope its the R version!.
Too old to be a Ducatiste any longer, sold mine on a year or two ago!.Exceedingly envious, Yorkie.
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This is what V-Twins should look like.
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Yeah that CVO was a dog. I saw it hit 115 in Montana before I decided to roll off. There was more there but I didnít need to see it.
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Yeah that CVO was a dog. I saw it hit 115 in Montana before I decided to roll off. There was more there but I didnít need to see it.
Yeah I ride er I mean wait lots for a couple friends with hogs

Two summers ago I was at the track and a guy was there with a full on cruiser Harley and he was actually ripping it up saddle bags and all haha
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