I’ve had a ton of different hobbies in my life, literally dozens. But fly fishing for me has always returned time and again to the front of the pack. Its the one thing I could never shake. It really is an addiction. For those who truly understand it, its a life long addiction. This is because one never stops learning. Some say it takes years to really learn fly fishing. For me it took about a year to understand it. It took another two years to finally get it down, then another two years to find out I didn’t really know anything at all. There is always something new. One you think you have it mastered, nature shows you something and you instantly become a novice again. The beauty in it all is you can make it as complicated or as simple as you wish. Everyone has their spot in this world.
I started tying flies when I was 9 years old. I owned my first fly rod at 11. By the time I was about 15 or so, tying was a permanent thing I did and by the time I was out of high school I fished exclusively with a fly rod. i was completely self taught using only books and pictures and articles from magazines. It was a long road to success.
Pattern development came early for me. Not coming from a fly fishing family combined with living in AZ lead to a isolation of the mainstream fly fishing world. I had no access to modern materials or information and really didn’t know what real flies even looked like. This was a blessing in disguise as it led me to create patterns based on what I saw on the water and in nature and led to the simple paradigm of developing flies that worked. If it didn’t work, I changed it, regardless of what it was “supposed” to look like. It led to the development of a process that included an intense study of the natural world coupled with purely trial and error. For me there is no feeling like getting skunked one day, only to come back the next with a new modified pattern and watching that same fish just nail it. Even if that fly never catches another fish there is nothing more satisfying to me. When you see a fish inhale one of your creations, you truly own that moment.
Suffice it to say, I develop patterns that work. All of my patterns you see here are tested and have been successful. I do not develop patterns to win the catalog picture contest or to catch fisherman. If it doesn’t catch fish, its not finished and you won’t see it for sale here. Each pattern is designed to look and perform in the water as intended and I have caught fish on every thing you see here. ….your results may vary. 🙂