Dick, a recovering lawyer, is a longtime Chapter member (1979) having previously served as treasurer, Board member, and President of the Ojibleau Chapter of Trout Unlimited (prior name of
I am an old man who started fly fishing five years ago a testament that the 70’s are the new 50’s.
In my spare time, I manage the Clear Waters website and the banquet chairperson.
I have been a member of TU for several years and have enjoyed learning more about conservation and clean water. I grew up trout fishing on small streams in southern Wisconsin and was introduced to fly fishing in my early twenties. My brother in law became my guide and teacher in Colorado and for several years now I have enjoyed fishing rivers with him in Colorado and Wyoming.
Married to Linda, Father of 3, Grandkids-6 (all are active fly fishers).
Trout Fisher since 1951
Active prairie enthusiast with 40 acres in prairie along Wilson Creek Stream Restoration involvement: Gilbert Cr. -5, Wilson-2, Cady Cr., Trimbelle R., Hay Cr, Dunn Co., Sand Creek-2, Elk Cr.-2.
Passion: Education of youth in Fishing and Appreciation of Natural Resources
I was born and raised in northwestern Minnesota and I have lived in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. I started fly fishing for trout in 1981 and joined Trout Unlimited about that time. I have had the opportunity to fish many places around the US but also internationally, in Argentina, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, and Russia.
I’ve been retired for 3 years after a career in medicine (Dermatology) In recent years I have continued trout fishing in the upper midwest but also have learned to like the warm water fishing of Wisconsin, especially smallmouth bass. I think the rivers and streams of Wisconsin rival those of nearly any place in the world.
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I’m a speech therapist and assistant professor at UWEC by day (and Monday night class), and a mediocre fly fisher and fly
My focus is on
I enjoy every day.
I am a retired Soil Conservationist after working almost 35 years for USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. I am still learning the basics of trout fishing, but hope that my knowledge of production agriculture along with USDA programs can be used to promote
As my retirement draws near, I am excited at the prospect of actively working with TU again, and I thank the TU Board for the opportunity to serve on the board.
I grew up on the prairie of western MN, received my architectural degrees from NDSU, and promptly fled to Idaho for three years. There I discovered and developed a lifelong love of fly fishing. Luck brought me to Eau Claire in 1983, where I have resided since.
My profession has allowed me the wonderful opportunity to travel much of the upper Midwest. Most of my career has been spent designing municipal buildings, with a strong emphasis in recent years on emergency response facilities. The travel also allowed a fly rod in the back of my car or a canoe on top. After a dozen Subaru Outbacks, I look forward to slowing down June of 2019.
My wife Kris and I are empty nesters…at least for now. We have lived on a small farmstead south of Eau Claire for the twenty years, where restoring native grasses and remodeling projects with no end in sight keep me occupied. A repurposed dairy barn serves as a great clubhouse for my passions of woodworking and boatbuilding.
Matt grew up in central Wisconsin. Raised as a warm water spin fisherman, he gradually added stream fishing for trout to his skill set. He has an undergraduate degree from UW Eau Claire in Philosophy and Political Science and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Indiana University. He has worked in a variety of public and nonprofit sector jobs in local government, nonprofits