Favorite Flytiers?

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Big E, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

    The other day I was reading an online interview transcript and the question was asked "Who is your favorite flytier?" Since the guy being interviewed tied in the same style I enjoy, I was interested to hear his answer. This lead me to some tiers I had never heard of but am now enjoying researching and looking at their work.

    So, to expand our horizons a bit, I ask you, who are your favorite flytiers and why?

    For me I the first tier I really followed and enjoy tying his flies is Kelly Galloup. I also am just amazed at the skill of Pat Cohen with deer hair and wish I had a just half his talent. Someday as well, I would like to be as ingenious and successful in fly development as Dave Hise.
  2. S Fontinalis

    S Fontinalis Active Member

    Contemporary - Mike Schmidt, Senyo, Steve Fernandez
    Classics - Don Bastian, Dave Carne, Mike Townsend, Bob Frandsen, Mike Boyer, Darren MacEachern

    I'm sure there are others, those are the few that come to mind now.
  3. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

    Bob Veverka and John Shewey.
  4. GAT

    GAT Active Member

    Hans Weilenmann
  5. pittendrigh

    pittendrigh Active Member

    Al Troth:

  6. Jamie Wilson

    Jamie Wilson Active Member

    I'm pretty satisfied with the talent we have right here.
    Wondering how to establish my "own" style. Like gangnom kinda
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  7. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

    I've been learning to tie via youtube so I'm partial to Davie Mcphail and a few others that do regular videos. I also enjoy ScottP's and GAT's ties on the forum.

    There's a group of SRC and beach fishermen on the forum that are some of the best in the sport. I always take note when one of them posts a pattern.
  8. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

    Jonny King
  9. Blake Harmon

    Blake Harmon Active Member

    WFF board member mike doughty.
    The dude can spin up some mighty fine flies for those who are into throwing meat!
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  10. Pat Lat

    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

    Oliver Edwards for sure, great mix of realism and fishability. At least half the time I see a pattern that makes me run home to my vice its one of his.
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  11. dfl

    dfl Active Member

    Rick Shadforth of Port Angeles, WA because anytime he shows me a new fly he's tied I say, "you don't want this back do you" and he says "nah you can keep it".

    John Gort of Port Angeles who invented the Purple Heart Fly that is given to anyone who has received a Purple Heart Medal. It is a beautiful complex fly tied by volunteer master fly tiers and delivered in a presentation box.

    All the tiers who volunteer their time and talent to produce these flies.
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  12. riseform

    riseform Active Member

    Have to say Bob Clouser since I took my initial tying lessons in his shop. You can't go wrong with anything Craig Mathews or Kelly Galloup ties and they make excellent tying videos. Charlie Craven shares so much insight and writes so well that I read his tying books even when I'm nowhere near a vise. Dave Whitlock deserves mention for inventing my all time favorite streamer.

    Like others above, I also have to thank the many talented members of this forum. A list of names would be too long and I'd end up forgetting someone.
  13. GAT

    GAT Active Member

    Yup. We live in what I call the Golden Age of Fly Tying. The materials and tools we use today are so superior to what the old masters used, the patterns they tied look like crap. I know this from visiting a fly tying museum and taking a look at the flies tied by those who are household names in our world of fly fishing. They used huge thread, feathers from barnyard chickens and crummy dubbing and floss.

    When it comes to Atlantic Salmon fly patterns, some of the best I've ever seen are posted on this and another flyfishing site I visit. I don't think you can tie the patterns any better than many do today.

    For more than 20 years, a group of us would gather and tie flies almost every week. We called it the Thursday Night Fly Tying... regardless of the fact that we moved it to Wednesday. Many different fly tyers would come and go and many of the guys were as good as you can get. My skills are limited and what I can tie pale in comparison to the patterns some of my friends can tie.

    Their names would mean nothing to you but they were excellent at fly tying. Also, the Oregon Council of the FFF holds an annual Fly Tying Expo and many of those demonstrating their skills at the Expo are fantastic fly tyers... yet I don't remember their names.

    While I was writing my fly tying column, I had the privilege to meet some of the best of the best. The patterns came from all over the country. I would ask them to send me a fly for the column and then I'd need to come up with the step by step photos for tying it. This meant I had to figure out how the hell they tied it. Sometimes, I'd receive a fly and I'd need to contact them for an explanation as to how they did it.

    Via the Internet, I've also met virtual friends from all over the world and have a collection of flies they've sent me. Again, excellent fly tyers.

    So... attempting to come up with the names of my favorite fly tyers is damned tough because there are so many. I picked Hans because I've known him for decades (via the Internet) and his patterns are unique and I've learned much from watching his step by step videos. He likes Rene Harrop.

    I honestly believe, we live in the Golden Age of Fly Tying. There are simply too many talented fly tyers out there to name them all.
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  14. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

    My Dad & Jack Kallas, both superb Montana outdoorsman, now fishing "on the other side" & dearly-missed. Dad started my passion, Jack refined it.
  15. Chris Bellows

    Chris Bellows Your Preferred WFF Poster

    for saltwater flies, bob popovics
  16. Brady Burmeister

    Brady Burmeister Active Member

    Syd Glasso, Harry Lemire, Carrie Stevens, Dave Whitlock, John Shewey, Mike Kinney, Dave Gotzmer, Ray Bergman
  17. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

    A.K. Best has always been my favorite - beautiful flies tied with an economy of steps and sequence; Production Fly Tying taught me more than anything before or since. Craig Mathews, Charlie Craven and Hans Weilenmann are right up there, as well.

  18. hydrological

    hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

    easy. the late great Bob Quigley, and Rene Harrop.
  19. Bonefish Jack

    Bonefish Jack Strictly FF

    I can't believe nobody has mentioned Lee Wulff or Left Kreh
  20. hydrological

    hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

    or Gary LaFontaine, or Jack Gartside