Matt is an avid fly fisherman who's turned his love for noodle lines and feathers to warmwater species on lakes throughout the state. He's a lover of toothy creatures like muskie and pike, as well as the underdog carp, and the ferocious wiper. Having landed numerous warmwater species Colorado has to offer on the fly, Matt has been through the ringer learning much of his technique through trial and error. He hopes his trials and lessons learned will prove valuable to those wanting to learn and launch new ideas from those also pursuing the sport. Matt may not to have perfected fly fishing for these fish, but instead he's perfected the persistence to catch these fish on the fly. Oh, and I guess he still gets out on the rivers now and again too, but prefers to go after big fish in lakes most of the time. Now including ice fishing! Who would've thought.
Matt started FishExplorer.com from scratch with his friend Brian in 2006. A new (used) Boston Whaler and a yearning for wiper and tiger muskie drove the thoughts behind the idea. Not able to find a list of lakes where he was allowed to take his boat, nor a list of lakes that were stocked with these species, combined with the advent of the Google Maps API and arriving at lakes too low to launch his boat, the shape of the website took form. It launched in April 2006, without much fanfare, and has grown considerably since. What he thought would be helpful to a few folks and himself, turned out to be a resource many were looking for. He has spent nearly every waking hour since either developing FishExplorer.com, thinking about it, or going on fishing excursions to "work on it."
Matt is a web developer by trade and enjoys numerous other activities including disc golf, music, and fly tying. Matt grew up in the great town of Toledo, OH and then went to college at Cornell University in New York where he majored in something other than fishing and web development, but mostly just fished a lot and played baseball. After spending a year post-graduation at the Orvis store in Jackson, WY, Matt and his wife Amy moved to Fort Collins where they've lived since 1996, now with one great fishing dog named Bailey, two cats that pay no attention to Matt, one bird (still kicking! Cockatiel about to break the age record at almost 30 years young), 2 guinea pigs, and last but not least, two wonderful children: a 14 year-old son and 11 year-old daughter. Time flies. Better go fishing.