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. I am a member of the Northwest Atlantic Salmon Fly Guild (NWASFG) in the Seattle area.
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.
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 have since joined the Pro Staff for Lagartun, Ltd. and the Pro Team for Wasatch Custom Angling Products.
I was invited to tie at the 2016 & 2017 Irish Fly Fair in Galway. It was yet another opportunity to connect with many friends and tyers from all over the world.
My classic and artistic fly tying was recently featured in the Winter 2016 issue of H20 Magazine (Italy) with an article and pictoral of both artistic and classic Atlantic salmon flies. I will also be one of the featured tyers in an upcoming book about salmon and the art of the salmon fly.
I traveled to Fairbanks, Alaska as a guest tyer in October of 2017. I was honored to be asked by the Loyal Order of Subarctic Tyers to visit their club to demo my tying and give a presentation. Travel is a highlight of my fly tying, seeing the different corners of the world, forging new friendships and seeing great friends in our common element.