Mike caught his first trout on a fly on the streams of the North Shore more than fifty years ago. He has avidly tied flies and fly fished the lakes and streams of the area ever since. Mike also has extensive experience fishing the "Driftless Area" of Southeastern Minnesota and Southwest Wisconsin, as well as many of the famous trout streams of the eastern and western US. Mike brings to the class teaching experience he gained previously as a licensed vocational teacher in a technical college, as well as teaching numerous fly fishing classes at North House. He was a long time member of the St. Paul Fly Tiers club and is a life member of Trout Unlimited.