Aaron is a Senior Scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory and the Director of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, and based out of southwest Florida. He received a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College in Maryland, a Master’s from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and also holds a Coast Guard Captain’s License. He has lived, worked, and fished on both coasts of the US, as well as throughout the Caribbean, where he has been conducting fish research for the last 20 years. In addition to his professional studies of fish, he avidly pursues fish with a fly rod. Aaron puts significant effort into translating fish ecology into anglers' terms, which includes producing videos about fish habitats and prey, and flies he uses to imitate those prey.
The Simple Flies video series highlights fly patterns that are effective, but are quick and easy to tie and typically use just a few materials. The Simple Flies videos are in two styles - the fly tying with a music background, and fly tying with narrative that describes the prey being imitated and some of the tying steps (the latter titled "Redux").