- Name: Rick Tarr
- Member of West Denver Chapter
- TU Member for 15 years
- Retired Faculty of Political Science Department at Metro State
- Best Quote from Rick: “A number of years ago, the Chapter established a fully equipped fly tying classroom where we teach the kids (two sessions of ten each) how to tie two simple flies and then help them fish in the stocked pond. We also make them aware of the many challenges facing the task of maintaining healthy trout habitat.”
How long have you been a TU member?
I’m not sure of the exact time that I joined. But I’d say, about 15 years.
Why did you become a member?
After retiring from the faculty of Metro State in 1997 in the Political Science Department, I had time for volunteer activities. In addition to TU, I have a weekly volunteer activity with Project Cure, which collects donated medical supplies that are then shipped overseas where needed.
As a long time trout fisherman I was naturally interested in the trout habitat conservation and restoration activities put on by TU- Especially in our "home water" of Clear Creek. The West Denver Chapter is closest to my home in Lakewood.
What is your favorite activity or project that you have done with TU?
I have enjoyed the various educational activities of our Chapter. Most importantly our fly tying, fly fishing and conservation program for sixth graders at the Jefferson County Outdoor Education Lab School (near Bailey) for 6th graders. We do this whenever it is requested by their teachers as an optional activity during their week at Windy Peak. A number of years ago, the Chapter established a fully equipped fly tying classroom where we teach the kids (two sessions of ten each) how to tie two simple flies and then help them fish in the stocked pond. We also make them aware of the many challenges facing the task of maintaining healthy trout habitat.
What is a favorite fishing spot and favorite fishing story?
I've had a number of enjoyable days fishing in California (home state), Wyoming, Oregon, Montana, Alaska, British Columba and Argentina. But trout fishing in New Zealand is the most memorable.
To you, what is the best tactic or fly for catching trout?
My favorite fly is gold ribbed hare's ear.
Beyond being an awesome angler, what else do you do in your spare time or for work?
My other hobbies include: wood working, kayaking, aviation, travel.