Copper Scotch Maple Bark
In 2014 at the first Atlantic Salmon Fly International (ASFI) show in the Seattle, WA area, I had the good fortune to begin to know many international tyers. One of the tyers that particularly caught my attention was Paul Rossman - his style and creativity motivated me to decide to start tying salmon flies two weeks later. My journey into the wild and wonderful world of fly tying began. I had attended many fly tying shows in the Pacific Northwest prior to ASFI, but seeing so many talented salmon fly tyers in one place motivated me to join them. I jumped into tying salmon flies, choosing patterns that taught me new techniques and challenged my skills, all so I too, could begin to tie those beautiful and complicated flies. I am a member of the Northwest Atlantic Salmon Fly Guild (NWASFG) in Issaquah, WA.
I've always been a creative person - I am a graphic designer and enjoy working with colours, textures, detail and the selection of materials. I sketch out every fly in detail and to the size of the hook I will be using - it helps me pay attention to proportion and how each piece will be shaped or curved. In my mind, I am able to walk through the steps of tying and think about the process before I sit down at the vise. The sketches are an aspect of tying that greatly helped me to improve. I always had a sketch to compare actual proportions to. As I began to settle into tying, it was the Atlantic Salmon Fly that intrigued me and held my fascination. I tie many Classics and appreciate their beauty, balance and proportion, but also enjoy spreading my wings into the Creative Salmon Fly arena where I can experiment with some of the more exotic feathers.
My club members presented me with the 2015 "Most Improved Fly Dresser Award", a beautiful framed plate of Blacker Ghost Fly #2's, tied by club members. It was an honor and wonderful highlight of my first year of tying.
I was invited to tie and be a presenter at ASFI 2016, which our club hosted in Seattle. I presented a seminar on how I improved so quickly and some of the milestones of my first year or two of tying. While at the show, I was asked by Bob Blount of Wasatch Custom Angling Products to be a member of their Pro Team. I am also a member of the Pro Staff for Lagartun, Ltd.
2016 also brought me an invitation to tie at the 2016 Irish Fly Fair in Galway. It was yet another opportunity to connect with many friends and tyers from all over the world. I am excited about being back in Galway again for the 2017 Irish Fly Fair!
My classic and artistic fly tying was recently featured in the Winter 2016 issue of H20 Magazine (Italy) with an article and pictorial. It was great to be included in their wonderful fishing and travel magazine as the featured tyer.
2017 will also find me traveling to Fairbanks, Alaska as a guest tyer in October. I was honoured to be asked by the Loyal Order of Subarctic Tyers to visit their club and demo my tying. I look forward to being Ireland bound in November and spending time with old friends and discovering new ones. The Irish Fly Fair has become a highlight not to be missed!