Mike Martinek Jr.

Mike Martinek Jr.
Mike Martinek Jr.

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Rioux – Up North Maine Fly Casting

Mike’s Streamers

#8 Jim Warner Special - Darren MacEachern
#8 Jim Warner Special - Darren MacEachern - Originated by Mike Martinek
#22 Blood Brother - Mike Martinek
#22 Blood Brother - Mike Martinek
#47 Mike's Red Ghost Special - Mike Martinek
#47 Mike's Red Ghost Special - Mike Martinek
#79 Super Blue - Mike Martinek
#79 Super Blue - Mike Martinek
#102 Fire Chief - Mike Martinek
#102 Fire Chief - Mike Martinek
#194 Royal Marine - Mike Martinek
#194 Royal Marine – Mike Martinek

Mike’s Biography

In the 1960’s a young Mike Martinek began attending the newly formed United Fly Tyers meetings in his home state of Massachusetts. Enamoured with streamer flies, a frequent subject at these meetings, he began tying the patterns of early streamer masters like Herb Welch, Bill Edson and Carrie Stevens. At one particular meeting, fly historian Austin Hogan took note and offered to take Mike under his wing, showing him the characteristic differences between particular styles of streamers like those of Mrs. Stevens. Since that time, Mike has become the torchbearer for the classic streamer fly. He has been featured in numerous books and magazines, has created a series of streamer tying videos, for decades has been a staple at fly tying and fishing shows worldwide, and has authored two self-published books of streamers. Mike is not only highly respected for his historical knowledge of classic streamer flies and design styles, but his mastery of materials and color blending makes him a true artisan of the long fly.

Mike Martinek Jr. - Crow Warrior
Mike Martinek Jr. - Crow Warrior
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  1. I have one of Mike’s CD’s. My in-laws were from Maine and lived on a Salmon river back in the 60’s. This is where I started to tie flies. A few years ago I got interested in tying Carrie Stevens flies. The biggest hooks I tie on are 4x here in Michigan. Before I head to the bench I take out the CD and refresh my mind on how to set the wings.
    IMHO, Mike is a true master of the long fly..

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