Jim is a lifelong resident of Washington State. His earliest memory is of fishing with his dad. Jim has been an avid fly fisherman and fly tyer since 1971. He has caught many species of trout, four species of Pacific Salmon, Atlantic Salmon (planted in a lake) Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, and several other species of fish. His favorite species to fish for is Carp. They are big, smart, strong, wary, and in so many ways the world’s greatest sport fish.
Jim served as the National Fly Fishing Director for the Carp Anglers Group from 2007 to 2012. He has published numerous articles in North American Carp Angler magazine and was the Fly Fishing Editor of the magazine from 2008-2011.
He is currently on the CarpPro Pro-Staff and is also a member of the St. Croix Rod Pro-Staff.
Jim pioneered the use of soft hackle flies for Carp. His patterns, the Carp Carrot and Black Betty, have taken Carp across the world.
He created and produced “Lessons from the Carp Lodge”, an original video series demonstrating how to catch Carp on the fly. You can see the first three episodes on YouTube. Look for his videos “The Best Thing About Fly Fishing for Carp” and “Detecting the Take” on YouTube also.
Jim writes Mr P’s Blog. While it is primarily about Carp fishing it is a collection of fishing reports, articles, insights, humor, and miscellaneous rambling. His blog is visited thousands of time each month and has had visitors from over 40 countries on six of the seven continents. (He’s starting to think maybe there are no Carp in Antarctica.)