Jad grew up in Michigan where he spent his childhood fishing, camping, and hunting with his partents and brother and sister. Jad played
Football, basketball, and baseball but once in high school ran cross country for conditioning in support of his mountain bike racing.
During the off season Jad can be found at local fly tying nights or in front of his own vice preparing for winter to end!! When not tying, Jad spends time
Outside photgraphing the northern lights, hiking with his dog hatcher, and attending dog sled races.
When asked what his favorite species to fish for it was a quick reply! Fish!!! “I cant be picky since I live in a place where everything is frozen for 6-8 months. If it’s a fish
And biting, then I’m all about it.” A dream fish would have to be tossed up to the Steelhead. Although Jad has yet to find time to chase the infamous steelhead in Alaska,
He spends time researching the fish and tying crazy buggy flies to catch them.
A specialty of Jad would be his understanding of both warm and cold weather survival techniques. These are skills he learned while serving in the US Army. “Its pretty cool being able To say I slept outside in -56 below in a makeshift shelter insulated with snow!!” Jads training was creditied to Black Rapids Trainging Site located in the Alaska Range. “It was by far the most interesting and knowledgable class I’ve ever attended.” The courses he attended were Basic military mountaineering, Advanced climbing, and cold weather survival school.
The bearded guide whos always smiling served a total of 9 years in the Army. Jads duty stations include 6 years with the 82nd Airborne Division, where he deployed in support of OEF 3 times, as well as 3 years stationed in the 25th Infantry Division in Fairbanks, AK. “I am proud of my time served and thank all those who supported me throughout my carreer.”
Jad is Happy in his new home here at ARL and looks forward to many years out on the rivers of Bristol Bay.