Copper Scotch Maple Bark
The Cohen Fly
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. My journey into the wild and wonderful world of fly tying began. 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 colors, 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 and construction.
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 in Seattle and will be tying at ASFI 2018 in Miramichi, New Brunswick. I am also a member of the Pro Staff for Lagartun, Ltd. I attend fly tying shows in my native Pacific Northwest. My classic and artistic fly tying was featured in the Winter 2016 issue of H20 Magazine (Italy) with an article and pictoral. It will also be in an upcoming book on the salmon and all things salmon. I have been a guest tyer in Fairbanks, Alaska and participated in their art of fly tying gallery show.
2018 was a year of European shows for me. I tied at the BFFI in Stafford and the London Fly Fair. Next year will find me again in the U.K., Germany at the EWF and the Scottish Fly Fair, among other locations.
This will be my 3rd year of tying at the Irish Fly Fair in Galway. It’s a highly anticipated opportunity to connect with many friends and tyers from all over the world. I am excited about being back in Galway for some fly tying and a pint of Guinness with old and new friends!