I started tying flies in the 80’s and it wasn’t long before I made a visit to The American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester VT to visit a family rod that was displayed there. I noticed the Atlantic Salmon Fly plates that were then on display. Realizing that I actually had an idea of how these things were constructed (yet knowing that I had a lot to learn) I drank the proverbial “Kool-aid” and embarked on the process of learning to tye display patterns.
Over 30 years later and two continents, I am still learning, tying, and in search of perfect technique. I may die first, but I am still searching. Living in the middle of nowhere (North east Montana and the Canadian Alaska border) or living in the middle of everywhere (4 years in Tokyo, and no I did not get to meet Ken Sawada) has had some benefits an problems. Most of the time I have been on my own figuring things out and reading about how other people do them. But, I have come up with a few interesting ideas. Living now in Fairbanks AK (not that anyone would really accuse this of being the middle of civilization) I have had the opportunity to spend far more time with other tyers and teaching. I have been involved with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Fly Fishing program and spent time designed instructional curriculum with Adjunct Instructor Shann Jones, some shop teaching with Big Ray’s Fly Shop, project Healing Waters with our local US Army post; Ft Wainwright, The Midnight Sun Fly Casters Kid’s Camp have all kept me busy and happy in my northern home.