Favorite Flytiers?

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

  1. Brady Burmeister

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

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    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.


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    Scott
     
  3. hydrological

    hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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

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

    hydrological beads are NOT flies and snagging is just ghetto

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    or Gary LaFontaine, or Jack Gartside
     
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    Word!!!
     
  8. Dave Evans

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    Looking over at my bookshelf I have to say AK Best, Shewey, and Dave Hughes. I am also a huge fan of Leroy Hyatt because he is a local and I run into him a few times a year. His PBS shows are great, and he is about the nicest guy you will ever meet.
     
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  10. Rob Ast

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    Fixed that for ya ;)
     
  11. Tracy Lauricella

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    Fishy Fullum. There's a lot of talented fly tiers already named- (nearly everyone I thought of immediately was already on someone's list above.) But I gotta call out Fishy Fullum- his tying isn't just good patterns and tying skill (which he has, of course) but I also love the way he takes everyday items and makes them into flies. I like to make myself think this way; see a pile of Christmas trim? Ooh, I could make a fly from that! Rubber window insulation? You bet! Pistachio shells? Why not?! Cat toys, parts of kid's toys, dog hair, sewing supplies, craft foam, school supplies, you name it. Fishy makes me think I could just walk around my house and shop and instantly have all the materials I need to fill all my flyboxes. Fun stuff.
     
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    Mike ties great flies indeed
    gets my vote for best photographer and most inspiring photos
     
  13. pittendrigh

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    I agree. If you look at the flies for sale in the shops today and think about what was available 30 years ago you realize a lot has happened. Better materials and better information (the addition of the internet) have stoked the creative fires. There are too many amazingly good fly tiers to name all at once.

    However I must say I did recently see a collection of flies tied by Rene Harrop that boggled the mind. Creative design and creative use of materials are one way to value flies and fly tiers. Flawlessly neat and detail-oriented tying is another. Artistic sense of proportion is another criteria yet again, and at that Rene excels beyond all others. Subtle differences in the ratios between body length, tail length, wing height and hackle diameter may seem inconsequential when comparing top-notch flies. But when all those ratios complement each other perfectly the eye knows what the tongue can't speak. Everybody can recognize near perfection. But few can make it happen.

    After Rene the world's most important fly tier is myself. I'm sure of it. :=))
     
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    Me , even though it`s a love-hate relationship at times . And the reason me is my favourite tyer is because that`s the guy who has toiled for years to fill all of my fly boxes '

    I`m pretty sure though , that that me guy will never break your top 1000 list of tyers to fill your boxes , but my standard are not nearly so high .
     
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