My name is Jim Ferguson. Just hit 69 and have been retired for about 7 years from 34 years in public education. Taught physical science, math, geology, chemistry, and physics. I live in Salem, Oregon, near Chemeketa Community College where I taught the last 9 years before retiring. My major was physics. Throughout my teaching career I was involved with curriculum development and tried to pay special attention to the different styles of learning and how an instructor can adapt to different teaching styles to best match the learning styles of their students. We had some real variances in learning styles of students in our "Chemistry for Fire Fighters", "Physical Science for Firefighters", and "Nursing Chemistry Series" at Chemeketa.
I belong to the Oregon Council of FFF were I am an executive board member and the chair for the fly tying committee. Last year I was Flytyer Chair for the Oregon Council Fly Tyer and Flycasting Expo in Albany, Oregon, where we had about 196 tyers demo tying during the five sessions of the two-day event. I will be Flytyer Chair again for next March. Other tying experience includes demo tying at Conclave last year, teaching a caddis class at Conclave last year (and this year), demo tying at the Washington Council expo, demo tying at the Western Idaho expo and helping teach some vets at one of the start-up Project Healing Waters programs in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. I have been involved in teaching fly tying classes through Salem's local fly shop, Creekside Flyfishing. The classes have ranged from beginning flytying to full-dressed Atlantic Salmon Flys. In 2006, I was the Oregon Council Fly Tyer of the year recipient. I participated in the FFF fly tying contest and received several awards both at the council and international level. I received the FFF Nelson Award in 2012. I have been interested in all types of fly tying, from trout to steelhead to Atlantic Salmon. I would like to see the Fly Tying Group work on some instructional DVD's showing techniques of tying and tool use rather than concentrating on particular patterns.