Duane Cook – Trip Coordinator/Founder
I am the founder of Platte Rivers Veterans Fly Fishing and have also served as the Program Director and as one of the Trip Coordinators since our inception in 2011. I am a seven year Air Force veteran, having served in Vietnam with both the Air Force, with the 20th & 21st TAS Squadrons, and attached to the 101st Airborne Division of the U. S. Army as a Forward Radio Operator at DaLat, Ban Me Thout, Phan Rang, Camp Evans, Camp Carrol, Khe Sahn, outposts in the Ashua Valley, along the Loatian Border and at F. E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne, WY.
I was fortunate that my parents put a fly rod in my hands at age seven and, as they say, the rest is history. I spent my early childhood fishing and exploring the Rocky Mountains around Leadville, Colorado near the headwaters of the Eagle and Arkansas rivers, as well as numerous small creeks, beaver ponds and some great angling opportunities in the state of Utah. Our program motto, “The Water Holds No Scars”, came early to me and the time spent near the water has been one of the most calming and centering influences in my life and I love sharing that joy with my son and daughter, their families and our participants.
I am a retired school teacher and coach. Debbie and I have been married since 1972 and make our home in Cheyenne. In addition to working with Platte Rivers Veteran Fly Fishing, I enjoy any time spent in the high country, writing short stories, outdoor photography, teaching my grandchildren about the outdoors and planning the next adventure in life!
Dave Morse – Loveland Co-Lead
I am an Air Force vet, having served during the Vietnam era in Biloxi, Mississippi, the Pentagon, Turkey, and at the Air Force Academy. I have been working with Platte Rivers Veterans Fly Fishing for the past 4 years as a Fort Collins/Loveland co-lead for fly tying, rod making and fishing trips. I am a retired geologist who moved to Fort Collins from Champaign, Illinois, in 2012. I have fished since I was a child, and started fly fishing back in the 1970’s, when I lived in Colorado Springs. Since then I have fly fished wherever I lived from the Rockies, to the Midwest, to Gulf Coast, to California Coast. I volunteer in Fort Collins as a Master Naturalist, leading geological hikes. I also sing in the Larimer Chorale, a large masterworks choral group that performs classical music with a symphony in Fort Collins. My interests include nature photography, skiing, choral music, and, of course, fly fishing.
Domingo Rodriguez – Loveland Co-Lead
I have been volunteering with the Platte River PHW program for the past 4 years and hope to continue with the groups of our Veterans in the Loveland and Cheyenne programs.
I have been mentoring on trips, fly tying, and rod building. I have been given the opportunity of coordinating volunteers and signing up special guest fly tiers for our tying sessions.
I have been fishing as long as I can remember, Fly fishing (Euro Nymphing) for 5 years now. I hope to continue with the program and along the way make new friends .Help make it an opportunity for our Veterans to become proud of a great program.
Micah Foster – Trip Coordinator
I have fly fished for over 25 years and grew up near Durango, CO. I am one of the Trip Coordinators and have been volunteering and a participant for the past 4 years. I am an Army Infantry Veteran who’s served in OEF and twice during OIF and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. I work for the State of Colorado with the Veteran’s Employment and Training Program as a Veteran’s Employment Representative and reside in Fort Collins with my wife and two children.
Steve McCoy – Greeley Lead
I have been fly fishing for nearly my entire life and found Platte Rivers a few years ago. I am an Air Force Veteran, serving during the Vietnam War in Colorado Springs, where I worked on airplanes.
Not only have I been a lucky participant in this program but I’ve also mentored on trips, and helped build fly rods. I feel honored to be afforded the opportunity to lead the Greeley operations and bring this program to a new group of veterans.
Maron Davis – Co-Laramie Lead
Maron Davis is a Wyoming native and received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming. He taught biology and science in Laramie for 33 years and coached football, wrestling, and track.
Maron proudly served in the United States Marine Corp from 1958-1962. He is an avid fisherman and white water rafter. He has been a fishing guide on the upper Platte and Encampment Rivers. He has been a Healing Waters instructor for four years.
Ken McCoy – Communications
I first got involved with Platte Rivers when Dean Miller put out a call for submissions for short fly fishing stories. That project later turned into the book The Water Holds No Scars: Fly Fishing Stories of Rivers and Rejuvenation. I am now a member of the Communications Team and will be assisting with the new program in Greeley.
My dad taught me to fly fish on a small city pond in Greeley when I was 11 years old. I’ve loved it ever since but over the last several years have made it a true obsession. I’ve guided on the Big Thompson River and throughout Rocky Mountain National Park and have articles published in Fly Fisherman magazine and American Angler. As a patriot, it’s my honor to watch the healing powers of fly fishing positively impact the lives of veterans in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming.
Kevin Yarbrough – Cheyenne Lead
Originally from North Carolina, I am a 22-year Air Force Veteran that served in North Dakota, Okinawa, New Mexico and retired out FE Warren AFB Cheyenne Wyoming. I began fly-fishing in the mid 1990’s after an Air Force peer introduced me to the sport.
I am employed with Laramie County Community College and work in the Disability Support Services office, working with students of all disabilities and a Sign Language Interpreter for the deaf. In addition, I work with Student Veterans and any disability they may have. I am also the Advisor for the Student Veterans of America Chapter on campus.
These experiences allow me to do what I love; serving our veterans and our communities in any way I can.
Wes Breghenti – Laramie Co-Lead
I grew up fishing and hunting in Pennsylvania with my Dad and brother. I loved reading Field and Stream and Outdoor Life and daydreaming about chasing elk and catching big rainbows in the Rocky Mountains. I was drafted into the Army in 1969 and served one year as an infantryman in the central highlands of Vietnam.
I moved to Wyoming in 1994, graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1999 with a degree in education, and taught junior high/high school English for 18 years. I love to hunt and fish and spend many hours chasing rainbows on the Plains Lake around Laramie and elk in the mountains.