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Featured Fly Tiers — Fly Fishing Flies

Fly Tying Interview with Peter Steen a.k.a. fly_fishing_pete

The latest fly tying expert in our interview series is Peter Steen or fly_fishing_pete on Instagram.  TH: When did you first begin fly fishing?PS: I got a late start into fly-fishing and didn’t get serious about it until my late 30s (I’m 46 now). Work schedules and three young kids really didn’t present me with a lot of free time. So it was only when my wife decided to quit her job and stay home with the kids that I was afforded the opportunity to pursue fly fishing. After a few unsuccessful trips up my local canyon, I finally caught a few small wild browns and was hooked. I picked up a copy of the Fly Fisher’s Guide to Utah...

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Fly Tying Interview with Ethan Smith a.k.a. fly_science

The next guest in our interview series is Ethan Smith who goes by @fly_science on Instagram. He also has the shop Fly Science. TH: When did you first begin fly fishing?ES: I started fly fishing in 2016. I was invited on a fishing trip to Arkansas by one of my work friends and before I left my dad suggested I take his fly rod to try out. Like all the other DIY'ers it wasn't a great experience but the failure inspired me to learn more about fly fishing. TH: What led to your decision to start tying flies?ES: I had been fly fishing for maybe 6 months before i started attempting to tie flies. I'm the type of person that really goes...

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Fly Tying Interview with Michal Wierzbicki

The next fly tier in our series is Michal Wierzbicki. You can follow him on Instagram. TH: When did you first begin fly fishing?MW: My adventure with fly fishing and fly tying began very early when I was 9 years old. The beginning was very classic, I started with my dad both fly fishing as fly tying. Initially, I tied very simple patterns of dry palmer and nymph flies, to develop over time and make more and more difficult patterns. So I can say that I have been fishing and fly tying over 21 years. TH: What led to your decision to start tying flies?MW: This was the result of need. About 20 years ago in Poland, where I come...

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Interview with Peter Butler a.k.a. flyenvy

Our latest featured fly tier is Peter Butler, a.k.a. flyenvy on Instagram. Peter ties some amazing flies and we're thankful for him taking some time to chat. Peter hails from San Fransisco and works for PicsArt, a photo and video editing application. TH: When did you first begin fly fishing?PB: I first held a fly rod when I was 7 or 8 years old. Growing up, my dad would take me and my brother on summer camping trips in the Sierra Butte's so my first practice casts were in campgrounds around there and the first live ones were on the South Fork of the Yuba. I recall thinking at the time that a trout spinning rod was much more my...

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Interview with Dan Kowta a.k.a. @nakashentoflies

Our next featured tier is Dan Kowta - @nakashentoflies - who has some great stories to tell and is a great tier from California. Be sure to check out his Etsy shop as well -> NakashentoFlies. Kowta is a product designer which explains his excellent boxes that flies come in.  Dan does his own photography which is impressive! "Part of the fun of tying for me is setting up the macro shot and trying to get a good portrait of the fly," said Kowta. "Of course, macro photography brings out all the flaws in a fly in glaring detail, so half the time I’ll see the fly up close and decide I have to tie another one. Actually, writing this and...

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