Here is what I am doing these days
- Deputy Director of the Marine Fish Conservation Network.
- Fly fishing guide and instructor for Mossy Creek Fly Fishing.
- Key grip, trout wrangler and chief blogger here at Middle River Dispatches.
In January of 2017, I joined the Marine Fish Conservation Network as the deputy director. The Marine Fish Conservation Network is a coalition of commercial and recreational fishing associations, regional and national conservation groups, aquaria, and marine science organizations dedicated to defending and strengthening our primary federal fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, in order to sustain abundant fish populations, healthy marine ecosystems, and thriving fishing communities. Learn more.
Prior to that, I was the executive director of the Outdoor Writers Association of American. After leaving, I was elected to sit on OWAA’s board where I serve as treasurer. Before that I worked in Washington, DC’s government relations game.
In 2019, I was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to serve on the Board of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
Because of my relationship with Jim Range, one of my proudest moments was receiving the Jim Range Conservation Leadership Award from the American Fly Fishing Trade Association.
Whenever I can I guide for Mossy Creek Fly Fishing, in and around the picturesque mountain streams and spring creeks here in the Shenandoah Valley.
I am also an award winning freelance writer.
On the Outdoor Biz podcast.
On the Wet Fly Swing podcast.
In Garden and Gun article: Whisper Fishing
In the Orvis News: 5 Questions with Tom Sadler: Seeing the Fly-Fishing Industry from the Inside
On the Eat More Brook Trout blog: 20 Questions: Tom Sadler
The Guiding Gig
Natural Resources Conservationist Award, American Fisheries Society-Virginia Chapter
“For outstanding contributions to the conservation of Virginia’s aquatic resources.”
Jim Range Conservation Leadership Award, American Fly Fishing Trade Association
“In recognition of exemplary efforts demonstrating a commitment to AFFTA’s policy protocol: Access to healthy habitat creates recreational opportunity that leads to economic activity.”
Taylor F. Turner, Jr. Conservation Award, Fly Fishers of Virginia
“To honor individuals or organizations in the state that have made a valuable contribution to the preservation of our fisheries and waterways.”