I live in San Francisco, California, and am in the Northern California Council. I am 59 and work as an orthopedic hand surgeon, doing both patient care and research (my specialities are distal radius fractures, wrist kinematics, and post operative pain management; see http://www.DavidLNelson.MD for more information). I consider myself a beginning tier. Although I have tied for the national conclave since 1989, I just don't practice! I still have fun. I have been involved with tying since about 1986. I started the project Patterns of the Masters, a fund-raiser for the FFF highlighting the patterns tied at the Conclave. I started and have conducted the Tier as Teacher Initiative, which was under the FFF Department of Eduction for two years before it came under the Fly Tying Group's mandate. I was drafted as the interim Chair of the Board of Governors in 2007 and served in that capacity until I was elected Chair for 2008. I am serving a three year term.
I am very interested in biology, botany (native plants, teaching natural history to kids), and entomology (gave talks at Conclave for years on stoneflies, am a member of the Plecoptera Society). I have two wonderful daughters, 16 and 17, who are working full-time to put more grey hair on top of my noggin. They have both tied at Conclave, but now friends and boys are distracting them. I can wait. I keep telling them that there are tons of boys at Conclave!
My list of things for the FTG is large: increase our web presence, establish a strong program for helping members organize and execute fly tying classes, help demo tiers be better demo tiers. My particular interest is how to help our demonstration tiers be great teachers, reaching out the all students irrespective of their tying abilities. My ultimate goal is to get them to be flyfisherman, and thereby understand the importance of conservation and the need to become active at the local and national level in whatever conservation project is near and dear to their hearts.
If you would like to contact me, my email is NelsonDL(at)Pacbell(dot)net. My phone is 415 925 0501 (my office).