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Fly Tying Interview with Seth Cavarretta

Hello The Drift Shop followers and friends. The latest fly tying interview is with Seth Cavarretta. You can see his flies and follow him on Instagram here. With Veteran's Day being this week, it's only fitting to note that Seth is a Marine Corps Master Sergeant. Thank you for your service!


TH: When did you first begin fly fishing?
SC: I began tying files when I was about 12 years old, I was at my best friend Marks house, and he had an older brother Lee who was about 4 years older than us. He would tie flies and hunt and I was interested in what he was doing so we would watch him intently.  He was patient enough to sit down and spend time teaching us. 

TH: What led to your decision to start tying flies?
SC: I’m the type of person that always has to be doing something with my hands. I love the outdoors, I love art and craftsmanship and this allows for both.

TH: What was the first fly pattern that you tied?
SC: The first fly I tied was a brown hackle peacock.

TH: What is your favorite fly pattern to tie?
SC: Any catskill style dry fly, but I truly love the patterns of John Atherton. I’ve also really been digging classic buck tails and streamers lately.

TH: Which fly pattern of yours are you most proud of?
SC: I would say the fly I’m most proud of is my Net-spinner nymph pattern. It looks pretty straight forward on the outside, like many other caddis nymph patterns. But this one is built a little different underneath to ensure it drifts correctly and doesn’t flip or ride upside down like most curved hook patterns do.

TH: What has been your most memorable fly fishing experience?
SC: April of 2017, me and a close group of tying buddies were fishing on the Neversink, it was cold, rainy the water was high and off color. Then all of a sudden around 0930 or 1000, the sun started to peek out and we had a great hatch of Quill Gordon’s and Hendrickson’s started popping off with some small black caddis mixed in. The dry fly action was on and we killed it for about an hour or so. I caught on of my best fish on a dry that day.  A beautiful 21” wild brown.

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