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After starting and managing a shelter for the homeless in Denver for seven years, Jim along with Mark Harrington opened the Blue Quill Angler in 1988. Jim has experienced many changes over the last 20 years.

During the first several years, there were two full time employees, he and Mark, but Jim was the only guide and instructor. In 2007, BQA employes a staff near 30.

Jim is an experienced guide, fly fishing instructor and is a contract Umpqua fly tier with an expert knowledge of fly tying materials, knots and hooks. He is also familiar with all the products sold at the Blue Quill, having hand picked many of them.

When it comes to Colorado hatches, aquatic entomology, fly selection, and how to fish with dry flies, nymphs and streamers, Jim is second to none. The distinction of being a Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructor gives Jim the ability to quickly analyze an angler’s cast and give pointers on how to improve. One on one casting lessons are available by appointment. Jim’s longevity in the fly fishing industry, experience guiding and fly tying have earned him the reputation of a trusted fly fishing advisor. He is available to answer questions by email at, on the phone 800-435-5353 or in person at the Blue Quill Angler.