Linda Bachand - USA

In 2014 at the first Atlantic Salmon Fly International (ASFI) show in Seattle, 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 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 joined the Northwest Atlantic Salmon Fly Guild in the Seattle area and it became one of the highlights of each month.
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.
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.
I will be tying at the 2016 ASFI show in June and am slated to be a presenter there. I am thrilled to be included in the lineup of tyers at the Irish Fly Fair this year. 

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