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Fly Tying Interview with Gabe Dezendorf

The latest fly tying interview is with Gabe Dezendor, a.k.a flydezeflies

TH:When did you first begin fly fishing?
GD: I began fly fishing about 20 years ago, when I was 11. I didn’t actually begin to get into it until 2014 when my dad sent me a rod, reel, and box of flies. I lived right next to Boulder Creek, in Colorado and started fishing at least twice a week.

TH: What led to your decision to start tying flies?
GD: I started tying flies because I was under the false impression that I would save money. Once I started however, I realized that catching a fish on a fly you tied yourself is so much more rewarding. Now I enjoy tying flies so much that sometimes I have to remind myself that I need to get out and actually fish them. The line between art and functionality is sometimes a blurred one.

TH: What was the first fly pattern that you tied?
GD: When I first began tying flies I was trying to tie more difficult dry flies. It wasn’t until a friend told me that dry fly proportions and hackle are often one of the hardest parts of fly tying to get proficient at. I bought Charlie Craven’s book, Basic Fly Tying and essentially started over. From that book I began to understand the basics and how different materials work. The first fly that I tied that brought a fish to the net was the Rainbow Warrior, which still takes up at least a full row in all of my fly boxes.

TH:What is your favorite fly pattern to tie? Which fly pattern of yours are you most proud of?
GD: My favorite pattern to tie these days is a Parachute Adams, or something related. In general anything with a parachute has become my most proud fly. I think that parachutes can be somewhat of a challenge, especially in smaller sizes, <20. Tying one that looks absolutely perfect is not only a fun challenge, but any angler, can recognize and appreciate the functionality of one of the “classic” dry fly patterns. There is a reason that my father’s fly boxes all have Parachute Adams, and 40 years later, so do mine.

TH: What has been your most memorable fly fishing experience?
GD: Every year right around Christmas my father, and brothers, all make a trip to the legendary San Juan Quality waters for a day of wade fishing. Our fingers and toes are so frozen that tying on the size 24 midges becomes increasingly difficult, but something about pulling out those massive Rainbows makes it more than worth it. It's like wading around in an aquarium with family, and it is a special day I look forward to more that Christmas itself.

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