Jerry has been volunteering with the PHWFF Colorado Springs program since first serving as a fly tying instructor in the fall of 2009. Jerry has continued to serve PHWFF in a variety of other roles including fly fishing guide and mentor, as a trip lead for both local and national-level events, as well as serving on the Colorado Springs program leadership team as IT Committee Lead and Webmaster. His dedicated and tireless efforts supporting the Colorado Springs area veterans through PHWFF have been tremendous for more than six years.
Jerry started fly fishing at the tender age of just 6 years old on the famed Beaverkill River in the Catskill Mountains of New York. He tied his first fly after receiving a basic fly tying kit for his 12th birthday and has literally been hooked ever since. After graduating from the United States Military Academy, Jerry served a little over 5 years active duty in the United States Army as Air Defense Artillery officer at Fort Carson, CO and at Fort Bliss, TX where he completed his military commitment with the rank of Captain. In addition to his work with PHWFF – Colorado Springs, Jerry has also formed and led a local church small group for nearly ten years called “Fly Fishers of Men,” introducing men of all ages to the great sport of fly fishing by providing free fly casting and fly tying instruction to those interested, and guiding free fly fishing trips throughout Colorado. He also served on the Colorado Springs Cheyenne Mountain Chapter of Trout Unlimited Board of Directors as the VP of Communications from August 2010 through April 2012.
Jerry has been happily married for over 31 years to his wife June, who also enjoys fly fishing alongside with her husband. They have one daughter engaged to an Air Force Reservist Firefighter, two sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, one granddaughter and one grandson