I grew up a military brat. I was born in Maryland,lived in Colorado, Kansas, Hawaii, Alabama, North Dakota and now Missouri. I started tying flies before I started fly fishing. My mom got me a kit so I would have something to preoccupy my brain. I loved arts/crafts and fishing so this was perfect. I started out tying some small streamers (wooly worms, buggers, clousers). We ended up moving a few times and I then got a job at a fly shop, That sealed the deal and there was no going back. I then started to find my niche inside of fly fishing. I got tired of hearing people say "You have to have small flies to catch trout." I discovered the dark side of fly fishing with names like Kelly Galloup, Tommy Lynch, The Whitlocks, and Mike Schmidt. I started soaking in all info I could find about them and their ways of tying and fishing. The more I put to use what I was learing the more I fell in love with it. I started getting better fish quality (bigger size, harder hits, and wider range of species). To this day I am a hopelessly addicated streamer junkie. I enjoy throwing meat and animating the fly in a way to get that predator response.
What have I been up to?
That's a wrap
I had the opportunity to tie flies for some folks that are in my backyard. I can't wait for them to catch some "smallies." I mean, big fish with these flies.
Deer hair addiction
After taking a class with Mike George I have been addicted to tying with deer hair. Check out these deer hair "spooks". The "walk the dog" action is amazing.
I had a chance to tie large rats to go target Peacock Bass in Brazil.
I had a friend on Tiktok request a turtle fly. I keep thinking about how to get it done and finally came up with a pattern I was happy with.
Pike Bunny Popper
I had a man reach out to me after seeing the Yewchuck Rat write up by Fly Lords. He asked me to tie up some pike bunny flies but he wanted them poppers. This is what I came up with.
I caught my PB striper on the fly!
This fish smacked a 10" cotton candy bulkhead fly. I was using a Loop 9wt and fought it for over 15 minutes. If it wasn't for Jessi and Andrew netting the fish in over waist deep water the fight would have been longer. I was worried with all people around "trying to help" it was going to end with me loosing the fish.