We are all three physicians by trade but fly fishermen by obsession. Over the years we have fished together. Told lies about the ones that got away. Compared notes on flies, knots, rods and reels. We have challenged each other to become better to the extent of becoming certified instructors through the Federation of Fly Fishers.
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Tom Dempsey, an orthopaedic surgeon by profession and a fly fisherman by obsession, has been chasing his passion for over 15 years. Since being introduced to the sport on a frigid stream in Alaska, Dempsey has chased fish from the Gaspe to the Amazon, from British Columbia to Patagonia, always returning to his gulf coast home waters. An instructor certified by the Federation of Fly Fishermen and expert fly tier this N,C. native joined with two fellow instructors to form the Gulf Coast Fly Fishing School, dedicated to teaching and promoting the sport of fly fishing.
In an effort to continue offering the best resources for his students,Dr.Thomas Dempsey has received his certification for OPUV captain's license. What does this actually mean to the fly fisherman? By obtaining a captain's license, Tom passed four exams dealing with situations one might encounter when fishing, navigation, bouys and lights, fire fighting, conservation, weather, and boat handling are just a small part of the knowledge gained from the achievement of this goal.
Dino Frangos maintains an active medical practice in Mobile. When he’s not working in the hospital or office, you will probably find him giving casting lessons at one of the local parks. He is a Federation of Fly Fishers Master Flycasting Instructor and also a board member of the Federation’s Gulf Coast Council. Although he enjoys trout fishing out West, he is more at home sight fishing for Gulf Coast redfish or pursuing bonefish and permit on the saltwater flats of Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.
Dwight Yoder is a pediatrician who lives down the street from Tom and Dino. He has been fly fishing since 10 years of age, when he begged his father to buy him his first fly rod in 1972 at Hudson Mills Sporting Goods near Ann Arbor, Michigan. The bass and bluegills of the nearby mill pond were no longer safe as he slung the latest dry flies from a Cabela’s catalogue on his 8 foot fiberglass Daiwa of unknown calibration coupled with a bright yellow level line. Since that initial foray into the “silent sport” Dwight has travelled North America and beyond looking for fly fishing adventures and has been a CCI with the FFF for four years. He is equally at home throwing a 12 weight rod with a 650 grain head and a chicken sized fly at monster jack crevalles in Mobile Bay or gently lofting trout flies after spotted bass using a 3 weight split bamboo rod on his beloved black water creeks and rivers of Lower Alabama. No matter your fly casting needs Dwight can help you learn the skills you require. Look for Dwight in his next adventures in the summer of 2013 on the Mekong River Delta and Ha Long Bay of Vietnam as he pursues fish that have never before seen a fly.
"To go fishing is the chance to wash one's soul with pure air, with the rush of the brook, or with the shimmer of sun on blue water. It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity toward tackle-makers, patience toward fish, a mockery of profits and egos, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you do not have to decide a darned thing until next week. And it is discipline in the equality of men - for all men are equal before fish." ~ Herbert Hoover