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 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 nearly 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 technical challenges, but keep the design within the realm of classic elements.

I was invited to tie and be a presenter at ASFI 2016, which our club hosted in Seattle. I am on the Pro Staff for Lagartun, Ltd. This will be my fourth year attending the BFFI as a tyer and each year has been an even greater experience than the year before – the people I meet, the friends I see, the talent on display at each table, the techniques every one of us pick up … I have also been a tyer the past few years at the Irish Fly Fairs in Galway. Other noteworthy international shows I have taken part in during past years include the London Fly Fair, the Scottish Fly Fair, the EWF, several ASFI shows and the SIM Fly Festival.

My classic and artistic fly tying was featured in the Winter 2016 issue of H20 Magazine (Italy) with an article and pictorial. I was also one of the featured tyers in the recently published “Nexxus” book about salmon and the art of the salmon fly. I have been a guest tyer in Fairbanks, Alaska, exhibited at their gallery show and also was a demo tyer at Orvis, Bellevue, WA during the Bellevue Arts Fair. 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.

I look forward to being among the tyers at the British Fly Fair International in February and to sharing my tying with you!

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