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Hi I'm Bill

I'm an avid fly fisherman who ties all my own flies for rocky mountain trout. And I'm a Mormon

About Me

My father taught me how to fish at a very early age. My happiest memories are of our camping trips in the Colorado high country where we matched wits with rainbows, cut throats, brookies and German browns. Dad always brought along a small collection of flies but never really showed me how to use them. As I grew up I always had a desire to learn about fly fishing and why some patterns were used in rivers and others in lakes. That yearning began my journey into the study of aquatic insects and eventually how to tie imitations that would fool a trout and cause them to "take the bait". My fishing adventures have taken me all over Colorado and into Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Arkansas, and New Mexico. As a catch and release fisherman I've gained a greater appreciation of water quality, ecology, and the protection of our natural resources. Today my go-to flies are the griffins gnat, olive bomber and most any color wooly bugger.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a 5th generation member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have especially enjoyed family history research, learning about my ancestors. They were mostly humble farmers but extremely hard workers providing their families the best lives possible. Through their examples I learned the values of hard work, morality, service to others and how to gain a personal relationship with our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Having a gospel-centered home has helped us raise four wonderful children who are all following the same path and providing their children with a strong moral compass that will strengthen them through life's journey. I know that my Savior lives and that He loves each one of us. His redeeming sacrifice was the ultimate demonstration of that love and our family has tried to live a life of appreciation for that sacrifice.

How I live my faith

When my two boys were Scout age we especially enjoyed the hiking, camping and fishing activities. My youngest son and I actually built a two person kayak in our basement for a trip down the Allegany River in Pennsylvania earning him a 50-mile "Foot and Float" patch. On another occasion my oldest son and I participated in a 50-mile hike along the Rainbow Trail in Colorado's Arkansas Valley. After hiking for 10 or 12 miles during the day we'd make camp, get a good night's sleep and early the next morning we'd hike to a high altitude lake and catch that evening's dinner. Both boys are now enjoying these same activities with their sons, creating lasting memories that can be talked about for years to come. My wife and I enjoy participating in service activities and will soon go on our third mission for our church. Our first mission (23 months) found us working with 15 translation teams in Salt Lake City. These teams translated English content into their respective languages for broadcast and publication to their communities. Next we served 12 months at the Bishop's Storehouse in Arvada, Colorado filling food orders for those who had fallen on hard times and needed a helping hand. We stocked shelves and coolers with food, swept floors, washed windows, shoveled snow and in general, kept the property clean. Our third mission (18 months) will be in Hermosillo, Mexico where we are assigned to support local members and church leadership. I had previously served a 27-month mission in southern Mexico in my early 20s so I learned Spanish and have made an effort to maintain my language skills. Serving in northern Mexico will again immerse me in the culture and should strengthen my communication skills. My wife and I enjoy serving others and it has made our marriage stronger through the 50 years we've been together. She is my best friend and my greatest support system.