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Monday April 23nd, 2007

Well, Paul's gone off to Hungary to teach casting, catch pike, and chase beautiful women and has left the FP duties to the rest of us.

With that said, this week's topic is "Real Jobs". In other words, what we FPers do when we are not fishing or writing FPs in order to make money so we can buy fishing gear, cars, and gas to get us to the river.

It's a perfect topic with Paul gone since he's the only one of us who doesn't really work.

I work for a Seattle-based firm that specializes in stormwater and natural resources work. My official title is Water Resources Engineer, and my expertise is working with rivers and wetlands. I've worked on a whole range of projects including stream restoration and habitat improvement, dam removal, bank stabilization, fish passage, and wetland mitigation. It was my passion for rivers and fish that drew me to the career, and most of the time it's a great gig. As long as I can get outside for work every few days and avoid the often thick and unbearable red tape associated with managing our natural resources then I'm happy as a clam. It's very rewarding to work on a project that really makes a difference for the resource. On the side I have a small scale fly tying business that I run out of my house. It's a great excuse to tie more flies that I will ever use.

This is clearly shaping up to be a pretty boring topic, so hopefully we can also get some more really exciting news from The Danish Fly Festival from Lars. Perhaps Paul will reappear later in the week with tales of pike as long as your leg.

Remember to enter your haul in the Stream Cleanup Challenge. A dozen flies on the line.

Cheers,
Matt


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