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Community Member Spotlight

Jim Burns

My favorites time of the month is writing an intro about our community member spotlight. Our community is filled with fantastic human beings, and this months community member spotlight is no different. He had been a positive contributor to our community for longer than I can remember. He is always willing to teach those around him, and still looking to learn. His positive, and joyful presence follows him wherever he goes. Jim Burns is a gift to the world, and the Arizona Fly Fishing Community is lucky to have him as our community member spotlight for the month of June.

-Chris Rich, AZ Fly Shop Founder

What does fly fishing mean to you? What about fly fishing offers you most satisfaction?

The allure of fly fishing is it allows you to immerse yourself in your surroundings and live in the moment. When stalking a fish on the flat or standing in a stream time sort of stands still. Also the fish we seek have a tendency to live in the most beautiful places on earth. I have been fortunate to see parts of this planet I would have never seen but for fly fishing.

What does having AZ Fly Shop in the community mean to you? What do you like about AZ Fly Shop?

Its a place to not only acquire premium equipment for the next adventure but to get together with like minded anglers to tie flies, travel and learn.

Tell us your most memorable fly fishing story

On August 18, 2020 fishing out of Kaye Lodge, Ascension Bay, Mexico I was able to catch a Grand Slam (Permit, Tarpon and Bonefish)

Is there any advice you would share with the fly fishing community?

My favorite fly fishing quote is: If I’m not going to catch anything, I’d rather do it on flies.
Get out there and do it. Fly fishing is a perfect excuse to see the State and the World.

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