Who is this ffp?

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Let's take a look at some of the history and you will understand how the ffp was chosen.

Born in Portland, OR, September of 1947, and grew up on the Sandy River just east of Portland.

I began fly fishing in 1952 after watching my Dad, and a friend, doing a little competitive casting in the front yard one day.

I was so enthralled with the casting that I pestered him until he went in and grabbed another rod, a line, 2 coffee cans and a book to get me started. He put the cans about 25' out to each side, turned me to about 45 degrees to the line of cast and put the book between my elbow and ribs. He then told me to "swat" the rod back and forth and try to tap the cans with the yarn at the end of the line. When I hit both cans 10 times in a row he'd teach me how to do the overhead cast they were doing. He also said, "Drop the book and I take away the rod!" This was my introduction to the "British Casting Method" exercise. It worked great because after just a couple of hours I was hitting both targets continuously.

The next day, after a short lesson on overhead casting, I was on the Sandy River practicing my cast and became a totally addicted fly fisher with my first fish of the day, about a 5 lb steelhead. (Using a 3 piece, 6' bamboo rod and a reel that wasn't much more than a place to store your unused line with no drag. Used this until another steelhead broke it about '81.)

I tried some bait fishing when I was about 10 years old, but was a little too hyperactive to stand still that long, so didn't develop much taste for that. That changed when I hit the Columbia the first time and tangled lines with a sturgeon that was bigger than I was. (Sophomore year in high school I wrestled at 108 lbs and stood 4'7". Not a big sturgeon but still bigger than I was.) I do appreciate bait fishing for sturgeon and cat fish.

I also did quite a bit of spin fishing for salmon, but was never really comfortable with spin fishing. With that I always felt that the objective was to either scare the fish into a defensive attack or make them mad enough to do an offensive attack. I think I prefer the flies because it calls on you to tie up something that looks appetizing enough to cue their genetic response to the stimulus and grab it.

Graduated from Corbett High School in 1965, joined the U.S. Army in '66 and served with the ASA in communications. Got out of the Army in March of 1970 and banged around looking for a career until I landed a job at the Portland International Airport as a Crash Rescue firefighter, August '71. That led to the first time I was identified as "ffp".

That same year, as a firefighter, I became involved with the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Assoc.) and, in '72, went as a volunteer to the MDA Summer Camp for the kids. They immediately began calling me Firefighter Phil and even made me a memento lettered "ffp".

A few years later I attend paramedic training at now OHSU and became a full fledged EMT IV. On most of the job paperwork I was listed as a Firefighter/Paramedic, or "FF/P". The second time that the "ffp" was used was as a part of my career identification.

After an injury, and forced retirement, I moved to Central Oregon, in '86, where I could fish all year long in lakes or streams and have some great experiences with flies, improving my casting abilities and enjoying a somewhat rugged natural beauty. It didn't take long before folks I met on the waters would refer to me as "flyfishingphil", when we ran into each other elsewhere. This was also a name I was given in some volunteer work I did because there was another "Phil" there and it made it easier for everyone to figure out who was supposed to do what.

As you can see the use of "ffp" and "flyfishingphil" have a pretty long history so, to me, it just made sense to use that identification when I became involved in the development of, and, eventually, licensed to build the Compound Rod myself.

It was about 2000 when I first met Jerry and Debbie and became interested in the Compound Rod.

I was assisting the ODF&W at a show in a mall in Bend, OR and happened to look down a hallway and saw some orange tipped rods down there with fly lines hanging from them. Since I had been looking for years for an "affordable" rod, to replace my bamboo that had been broken by a steelhead, that caught my eye.

As I approached I saw this funky looking add on tip and thought; "Anybody that would do that to a fly rod should be burned at the stake!" I picked one up anyway and gave it a try. The best choice I think I have ever made when it comes to fishing rods. A few days later I was at their shop in Sisters, OR, trying out various rods.

Over the next 18 months, or so, I would test rods for Jerry until I brought one back and told him if he ever changed it I’d break his fingers. That became the base information rod in perfecting many more models. Over the next few years I continued to help Jerry develop the rods, promo'd the rods at lots of sports shows, and had too many to count taken from me on the water by folks that tried them out and wanted one immediately. (I'd take the money to Jerry and get another rod until it happened enough times I started carrying several extras with me all of the time.)

In 2007 I took the next step and became a licensed builder of Compound Rods and have done that since then. I have also tested lots of different models, to help determine if they were workable or not, and have developed a few based on Jerry's research records. In 2008 Jerry passed away but, just before that happened, I agreed to continue with the development of the Compound Rods. I am continuing that process until I either run out of ideas, money or life.

Along with the Compound Rods I have also developed a cd called "The Fishing COW" that shows numerous places to fish on the "Central Oregon Waters", and some flies I have found to be very productive. Another cd I did is a look at Diamond lake, and what it offers, and am currently working on several others involving waters around Mt. Hood. These are all aimed at making it much easier for others to go to these areas and have a good idea of where to start for the best fishing results. (you can find more info on these on the "Where to fish" page of my site.)

In addition to that I wrote a 3 part book titled "That Won't Work!". It is called that because of the number of times I have been catching fish somewhere, someone has asked what I was doing/using, I told, or showed, them, and they stood right there watching me release a fish saying; "That Won't Work!".

Part 1 of this book looks at a lot of the basics in fly fishing and is aimed at helping those thinking about taking up the sport get started at minimal cost, learn more about the biology and entomology involved in the sport, and have better results their first time out.

Part 2 looks at many of the "standards" of fly fishing like knots, casting efforts, recovery efforts and gear, that most people think is what fly fishing is made up of.

Part 3 steps into a number of areas where I do things that people say won't work but seems to have better results than what they are doing. It also takes a look at a number of other areas, like casting differently, and provides a casting exercise that makes it easy for anyone to become a great fly caster. (You can download the casting exercise free from the site page "That Won't Work!". Also looking into doing it video and posting it on YouTube. Watch my fishing reports page and Facebook for posting on that. Facebook profile page is: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=618317937) The only restriction I put on the exercise is, if you use it to teach others, you can't charge for the class. The casting exercise is free, the book file is available as a pdf file I'll send when you order it. That costs $10, payable thru PayPal.

So, there you have it. A little insight regarding who you are dealing with when it comes to "ffp Compound Rods". Hope to hear from you soon.


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