West Virginia Executive Summer 2014 - Page 113

Fleming’s mother, father and daughters have also supported the show, even appearing in a few episodes. “Having them on the show makes me proud, and I know I can document memories made along the way that will last forever,” he says. Fleming also has a passion for giving back in different ways. “I was raised to respect others and taught that life is not always fair,” he says. After college, Fleming worked as a case manager in a residential facility for troubled youth. Since then, he continues to influence young people through his show. “I feel that, indirectly, I continue to shape kids’ lives. Through fly fishing, I encourage our kids to get involved in the outdoors. Their participation helps them become stewards of the future and our environment.” Veterans have a special role in Fleming’s life as well. His father and his wife both served in the military, and he strives to give back to them. “I feel blessed that I have been surrounded by these rough and tough warriors, and they inspire me,” he says. “They don’t want or expect my sorrow. I feel it’s my duty to make them laugh, feel better about themselves and know we appreciate their service.” Fleming’s list of guests on “Fly Rod Chronicles” includes wounded warriors, veterans, cancer survivors, children, family, friends and the more famous, including Jerry West and Bob Huggins. “Fly Rod Chronicles” is great for showcasing West Virginia; Fleming is sure about that. He has become partners with the state and hopes to show off the real West Virginia he knew growing up and continues to explore today. As he says, he hopes the perspective of a fishing show can influence his viewers to come see the Mountain State for themselves. “It’s a tremendous feeling knowing the state supports and recognizes our program as an effective marketing tool to drive traffic to our state,” says Fleming. “Many meetings with bu