Pat Cohen has followed in the tradition of Chris Helm and Billy Munn as being a deer hair master. He has taken some traditional deer hair flies and puts a modern spin and look to them with amazing results not only in the looks department but in the effectiveness of these flies. He not only is an amazing tier, but he also has some incredibility as an artist. He has created the new Clear Cure Goo logo that will be launched later this month, and we will be offering a series of shirts with his art on them. Pat lives in New York and is a Tattoo Artist. If you are looking for some amazing flies or a crazy tattoo you can trust that when you go to Pat you are getting the best. We are very excited to have him on board and couldnt ask to have a nicer guy to work with.
Through the years, Blane has supported the sport of fly fishing by serving as a member of the American Fly Tackle Trade Association’s (AFTA) Dealer Advisory Board and by consulting with several fly fishing pro staffs. Blane has been featured by many outdoor writers in books and magazine articles over the years.
Since 1998, Blane has served as a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. Through his Hybrid SeriesTM and other innovative designs, Blane crafts traditional and synthetic tying materials to achieve the subtleness of flies and the strike-generating action of conventional lures. Today, Blane operates New Angle Fishing Company and specializes in float trips on three of Virginia’s premiere rivers: James, New and Jackson river:
You can find more information about Blane, his flies, and materials at: http://newanglefishing.com
Thomas Harvey is a fly tier from the Deep South who drays his greatest joy for re-creating, replicating, and re-designing classic bass bugs. Inspired by everything vintage, he blends classic styles and techniques from the past with new, fresh materials to build truly distinctive bugs. While Thomas ties with many materials, his true passion lies in the process of carving, sanding and painting balsa wood in the same manner it was done decades ago. What we, at Clear Cure Goo have enjoyed seeing is his creative though process and approach to flies which is normally out of the box. Not to mention seeing the evolution of an amazing meticulous tier. Please check out his website at:
Mike Schmidt is known by all of his friends as a fish junky.....every spare moment not on the water is occupied by some aspect of fly tying. From the time he could walk he was constantly being taken out on Lake St. Clair, Lake Huron, up Michigan's West coast rivers, and into the Upper Peninsula in search of fish.
To put it mildly Mike is a man consumed with the sport of fly fishing and, more specifically, advancing fly design through integration of natural and synthetic materials. When not on the water, with friends or clients, he enjoys traveling the country to put on fly tying workshops, give presentations at clubs and demonstrate tying at fly shows.
Mike is a commercial tier and owner of Anglers Choice Flies as well as being a guide, freelance photographer, and writer. In addition Mike is a signature tier for Orvis and on the pro-staffs for Regal Engineering Inc, Flymen Fishing Company, and Performance Flies.
I love to tie and design fly patterns for the waters that I fish. I have been tying flies since I was eight years of age. After taking apart my first fly (Royal Coachman) and seeing the hackle unwind, I knew that I wanted to learn how to tie flies. I didn’t have the slightest idea what a fly was but knew it was for fishing because of the hook. A couple of years later, my uncle bought me my first fly tying kit and I have been tying flies ever since. My first attempts at tying flies was purely creative in nature, they did not represent anything known to man, I just enjoyed tying on the materials to the hook. I didn’t know in the beginning that the flies where supposed to represent some sort of food stuff for trout thus my creation were pretty artistic and colorful. “I remember seeing my first fly fisherman on the South Platte River near the town of Decker’s Colorado.” I followed that fly fisherman around for a couple of hours and eventually got up the nerves to ask him what he was doing…he told me he was “fly fishing.” This connected the flies I was tying with the actual act of fly fishing. I love to bring others into the realm of fly fishing. I am a demonstration fly tier and have tied at local and regional venues such as the Denver Fly Show, West Denver Trout Unlimited Fly Tying Clinic, International Sportsmen Exhibition, Federation of Fly Fisherman Conclave and at various regional fly shops near Denver. I am an illustrator and contributor to Fly Fisherman Magazine. My art has been used for the Federation of Fly Fisherman Conclave. I am a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. I have had several articles published in Fly Fisherman Magazine as well as some illustrations. My fly patterns have appeared in Randall Kaufmann’s book “Fly Patterns”, “Fly Fishing Rocky Mountain National Park by Steve Schwitzer and Todd Hosman’s book ”Colorado Flies”. I am on the Pro Staff of Daiichi Hooks, a field tester for Rio Fly Lines, Pro Staff member for Whiting Farms and Performance Flies, and I have done some consulting work with C and F Designs in Japan. Jerry Hubka and I have presented a program on Midge Fly Fishing to various conclaves and TU organizations in New Mexico, Texas and Wisconsin. I did a podcast on Ask About Fly Fishing on the subject of Midge Fly Fishing. http://www.askaboutflyfishing.com/speakers/rick-takahashi/midge-secrets.cfm I wrote my first book with my friend Jerry Hubka (co-author), our book is titled “Modern Midges, Tying and Fishing the World’s Most Effective Pattern” Stackpole/Headwater Books. Our book has been doing well, we are into our third printing. Our goal has always been to share with others all of the various aspects of fly fishing and fly tying “it’s the teacher in both jerry and myself that wants to share knowledge.” Our book was written to share what we’ve learned with other fly fishermen. Jerry and I are starting to write our second book on terrestrial fly patterns. It will be published by Stackpole/headwater Publishing and should be out 2014. I am a retired art educator and former Art Department Chairperson at Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins, Colorado. I teach private fly tying courses and make my home in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife Susan, daughter Haley and son Josh.
Brian Wise is a fly fishing guide in extreme southern Missouri. His mainstays are the wild rainbow trout and large predatory brown trout of the north fork of the White River, but he is also a self-proclaimed smallmouth junky and loves the seasonal striper fishing as well. Priding himself on his teaching abilities and flat-out big fish catching karma, Brian has quickly made his way among the top guides in the Midwest. He has guided for over a decade and has been featured in print such as Southern Living Magazine, Outdoor Life, Fly Fisherman, Field and Stream, Rural Missouri Magazine, on television shows such as NBC’s Today Show, Outdoor Channel’s Ultimate Outdoors, several appearances on Outdoor Channel Outfitters as well as several promo videos. He was a 2007 qualifier for the coveted Best of the West distance casting competition and won the Bennett Springs distance casting competition with a whopping cast of 106 feet. When Brian isn’t guiding, he is fishing with his six- and eight-year old boys. He also enjoys making fly fishing and fly tying videos
Tim Geist is a fly fisherman and photographer from Northern New Jersey. He enjoys chasing pelagics and casting to trout, carp and bass in his local waters, as well as photographing rare and unique flies. Tim started tying flies when he was 8 or 9 years old and is dedicated to getting his two sons, 6 and 3 on the same track. Working from home allows him to see his two boys off to school, with some great windows to tie flies and fish. His love of synthetic fibers is perfect platform for Clear Cure Goo.
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Al Ritt has fished as long as he can remember and has been fascinated with flies almost as long. Growing up in southern Michigan he fished primarily for warm water species, but remembers feeling magic in trout and trout flies. Al recalls making “flies” including forming his own “hooks” out of pipe cleaners. He took his first formal tying class in 1983 after moving to California. Since then he’s tied flies and fly fished for trout, grayling, bass, pike, panfish, catfish, carp, steelhead, salmon, bonefish, permit and other species.
Currently Al is a fly tying instructor as well as a fly fishing guide in Rocky Mountain National Park and several private waters in Northern Colorado. As Brand Manager for PEAK Fishing, a manufacturer of premium quality fly tying vises and equipment and bamboo rod making planing forms and tools, Al’s duties entail sales/marketing, product development and customer service.
Al is a member of Trout Unlimited, a life member of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, a life member the IFFF Fly Tying Group and is currently a member of the IFFF Fly Tying Group Board of Governors.
Based in Fredericton, New Brunswick (Canada), Mat is a 45 minute drive from the famed Atlantic salmon waters of the Miramichi River, though he'd rather drive 10 minutes to fly fish for smallmouth. For this he is mocked viciously by local fly anglers, for anything other than salmon or trout is "nuthin' but a dirty ol' trash-fish" to them. Mat has recently taken up kayak fishing, and hopes to soon land a muskie and a striped bass on the fly, within city limits, from his kayak.
Mat has published articles and content for Faces Magazine, Mooseknuckle Lanyards, Lava Vodka Lounge and Fredericton Outfitters & Anglers. He writes about fishing, travel and music on his website, mattrevors.com, where his posts are sometimes good enough to be passed around the web like a virtual doobie. When not fishing he spends his time paying off his student loan, trying to regain his physical fitness, tying flies, hoarding frequent flyer miles and attempting to unlock the secret of increased line-speed.
Chris Beech was born in England in 1968 and immigrated to Tasmania with his family in 1970. Fishing became a passion from the age of 5 and by his early teens he was using spinning gear and wet flies to fool local trout around Launceston. Chris started fly tying in 1985 as a young sailor in the Royal Australian Navy based in Sydney, and was soon asked to tie some flies for his local fly shop. During the next few years, salt water fly fishing became popular and he began concentrating on salt water flies. His clientele expanded to include several shops and guides and he has now been a registered commercial fly tier for 26 years. As fly fishing gained in popularity in Australia, FlyLife Magazine (www.flylife.com.au) was launched in 1995. The Editor, Dr Rob Sloane sought out Chris and asked if he would write a salt water fly tying column and provide feature articles and product reviews. The regular column ‘On The Beach’ has been in every issue and has run for seventeen years being one of FlyLife’s most popular (sourced from reader survey results, 2005). To this day Chris submits flies of interest, product reviews and feature articles for inspiration to FlyLife readers. Chris is also a regular contributor to print and on line media and his published articles include destination based general interest articles, primers for people interested in fly fishing and in-depth technical essays based on fly tying or fly fishing tackle. Chris is a freelance contributor to Flyfisher magazine. Chris has advised local and international tackle manufacturers on the technical aspects of fly fishing tackle and flies, and has provided tying instruction at fly production factories, retail outlets and expositions to promote new product releases. In 2006, Chris accepted a position on the Pro Staff of one of the worlds largest fly rod manufacturers based in Montrose, Colorado – Scott Fly Rods (www.scottflyrod.com).
BRAD "AFTON ANGLER" BOHEN
Brad Bohen Is the owner-operator of Musky Country Outfitters. He is the premier guide in the United States for hunting large musky on the fly and holds the Official Freshwater Hall of Fame Catch and Release Musky World Record caught October 16th 2008 caught on one of his signature flies- The Beauford. The Musky measured 51.25 Inches.... FOUR FEET THREE INCHES plus of pure fighting muscle landed on a 36# Tippet.
Brad uses the Clear Cure Goo on his flies to reinforce his tie in points as well as to build up the fly heads.
To Follow Brad's adventures or to book a trip you can visit his website:
Rich Strolis, passionate about all things fly fishing pretty much sums it up. Always striving for something fresh and outside the box, running the gamut of simple to complex patterns merging natural and synthetic materials together. Known mostly known for his years guiding the Farmington river, he now spends his time at the vise tying orders or publishing videos to his catalog of tying tutorials. Rich is a pure subsurface fanatic who loves to chase trophy trout with larger streamers and nymphs, and if you visit his website you will see this clearly.
A Pac Fly designer, custom commercial tier and character to say the least, Rich has been fishing for over 30 years, with 25 years of tying experience. Rich believes that a great deal of his experience and success is a direct biproduct from his time spent on the water on various rivers and streams across the lower 48 and Alaska. Prior to kids and family he spent 200 plus days a year on the water before and after work, yes that is correct, he has a full time career on top of all this too,(can you say a Type A to the core). Rich is often known to operate on very little sleep, and will sometimes drop everything as the result of a fly idea that is circling through his head.
Rich recently gave guiding a backseat to spend more time with his two little girls Tessa and Nora, and very understanding and supportive wife Megan. Very open and approachable, Rich loves sharing his efforts with anyone, and he enjoys tying flies almost as much as fishing them. Some of his creations have appeared in the pages of Flyfisherman magazine (Bird Fur Streamer February 2008), Eastern Fly Fishing magazine(Classified Caddis Pupa March 2011, Ice Pick Streamer Winter 2012), Flyfishing and Tying Journal, Orvis Flyfishing Blog, Global Flyfisher, Hatches Online, and books by noted aquatic insect photographer, Thomas Ames, and he is also a member of the Regal Vise Pro Staff, Hatch Reels Pro Staff. When not filling orders or being creative, he teaches classes on fly tying for various degrees of difficulty through various fly shops and clubs across the northeast.
I was introduced to fly tying and fishing in 1993. While I was in the Western Cape, South Africa, where I reside today. The day I bought my first fly rod, I bought a fly tying kit. Due to time constraints and limited time off work, I found myself spending more time behind the bench, than on the water.
So fly tying became my biggest and most enjoyable hobby. The flies I tied most at that time were for the small streams and still waters. I then moved away from the Cape up to Johannesburg, where I started tying for other fresh water species, one of which is our indigenous species, the Yellowfish. Yellowfishing was still very much in its infancy at that stage, so there were so many possibilities to explore when it came to fly patterns.
After a couple of years I started to tie salt water flies, which led to tying flies for Tiger fish. This started my custom fly tying. I have to date tied flies for destinations across the globe: Mexico; Seychelles; Mauritius; Russia; Patagonia; British Columbia; Cuba and Africa. Every destination brings new challenges and fly patterns for me to perfect.
Fly tying for me, is an on-going learning curve, you can never know enough. So as we move into the future, new products and materials will revolutionize the fly tying industry, there will be so many more ideas that come to light. I believe the one product that has revolutionized the fly tying world is Clear Cure Goo; the possibilities are endless with this product.
When I first started fly tying is was a byproduct of my angling, but over the years it has became a very organic process for me. Many of my patterns were created from less than stellar days on the water and are a my answers to challenges I’ve encountered while angling. I’m a true believer in being creative and not following anyone else’s rules while at the vise or on the water. I’m a native to Utah and I’ve grown up fishing throughout the west my entire life, this is a truly amazing place to live as a angler and tyer and I could think of another place I’d like to call home. But each year I travel to more and more in search of unique fish and the culture and people that surround them.
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Matt Grajewski lives in Michigan where he was born and raised. He grew up in a fishing family and fell in love with fly fishing and tying. Matt loves chasing the wide variety of fish species Michigan has to offer. While he enjoys all of the techniques fly fishing has to offer, he is a streamer nut. This is reflected in much of his fly tying. Most of his flies are created for large trout and muskie, his two favorite fish to chase. Matt is a regular contributor, along with Nick Granato, to Fly Obsession.
My love for fishing started back in the sixties as a young boy. I was about five years old when my father introduced me to the sport.
Through my teenage years I mostly pursued Trout with the spinning rod and fished the Jersey shore from party boats and the surf.
In my late teens, I caught Salmon fever, chasing the giant fish that migrated into the Great Lakes tribs. That was when I started to tie fishing flies. Mostly simple egg patterns, from chenille and eztes. In fact I started tying flies before I started fly fishing. I was very proficient at spin fishing for Trout, but something was missing. So I decided to take up fly fishing. Like I said before I was tying flies before I even picked up the long rod.
Picked up my first fly rod in my early twenties and I have never looked back. Then I met an individual by the name of George Kolasar. George was a commercial tier who would supply the shops in Roscoe NY, not only with flies,but dyed materials also. He taught me the basics, and is responsible for getting me started tying Trout patterns, among other patterns. So it is to George I owe a debt of gratitude for pointing me in the right direction as far as this wonderful hobby is concerned.
Even though George taught me in the “Catskill Tradition” I moved on to other techniques, due to the multitude of materials (Natural and Synthetic) that could be used to tie fly’s.
Instead of “Commercially” tying, my specialty is “Custom Orders” and I am always looking to improve myself as far as tying flies is concerned.
Drew Chicone is a Fly Designer, Photographer, Author, Instructor and Materials Expert whose passion for the sport has led him to the salty waters of Southwest Florida. He has lived and breathed the sport since he was tall enough to sit at the vise and his life like creations are both well known and in high demand among Florida guides. His passion lies in developing and tying saltwater flies, and helping fly tiers of any skill level learn how to develop and improve their own fly patterns. Drew is a member of the Orvis Contract Tying Team, and his patterns are sold in numerous fly shops and have appeared in several publications and online articles. Recently Drew has partnered with Stackpole Books to publish his latest work Feather Brain - How to design better saltwater flies.