G.S. “Stack” Scoville, Jr - USA

 

My experience in fly tying began in college in the 1970’s.  I began tying in order to have the necessary flies to fish during summer vacations out west, when visiting friends.   Having limited access to fly shops near our fishing and even more limited funds, it seemed like a practical venture. 
Eventually, I was tying more trout flies than I ever thought I could use, at least at the rate I was fishing.  By that time however, I was enjoying the creative aspect of the hobby, as much or more than the anticipation of fishing.  Subsequently, I began tying bass and panfish flies, as these were the prevalent species near home, in Tennessee.  This style of fly offered variety in color, size and materials.
One day while visiting one of our local fly shops, I saw Poul Jorgensen’s book on tying salmon flies.  Being a rather avid “bibliophile”, I purchased the book.  That was the true birth of a genuine passion.  I knew from that point on that traditional salmon fly tying was what I wanted to pursue.  Fishing for Atlantic salmon would have to wait, and it has!
The Atlantic Salmon Fly, The Tyers and Their Art by Judith Dunham was another resource that showed me what could be done with feathers, tinsel, and silk.  The inspiration of these books led me to read and research.
This research eventually led to my chapter contribution in Mike Radencich’s Tying the Classic Salmon Fly.  Fortunately for me, Mike was generous enough to teach me some of his skills and techniques. Subsequently, I have taken lessons with Bob Veverka and Mark Waslick, of Vermont, Ron Alcot, of Massachusetts, and Wayne Luallen, of California.  I have attended fly tying symposia and workshops with Marvin Nolte, Paul Little, Pete Kealey, Brian Burnett, Paul Harking and Peter Dunne.  I have watched for hours while Charlie Chute patiently tied one of the classics while I took notes, made drawings, and asked myriad questions.  These people have truly been an inspiration and driving force in the development of my own style of tying classic salmon flies.  The disciplines learned in tying the classic have made me a better tier of all other types of flies.
However, before all of us, were Dame Juliana Behrners, Isaac Walton, Alfred Ronalds, James Blacker, George M. Kelson, John Popkin Traherne, Eric Taverner, T.E. Pryce-Tannat, Rube Cross, Edward R. Hewitt, John James Hardy, Frederic M. Halford, G.E.M. Skues, Preston Jennings, Mary Orvis Marbury, Carrie Stevens, Ray Bergman, Charles DeFeo, Syd Glasso, Helen Shaw and many, many other tiers, both famous and anonymous.  It is their tradition that we all carry forward, hopefully for centuries to come.   But we must always remember that the original intent of all these efforts was to catch fish, and perhaps, a few fishermen too!  
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