I think commercial fly tiers often look at fishing differently than others. Yes, we get jacked up thinking about and chasing big fish, but we also immerse ourselves in figuring out what we can do to improve a fly pattern or come up with something new for a particular situation or species. It keeps us up at night. It clouds our minds at our real jobs and kid’s school events. Sometimes, when the bite is on, we put the fly rod down and just watch what’s going on for a while. It’s kind of like Wayne and Garth (obscure 1992 reference) shooting street puck when a car comes through; you’ve got to stop, adjust and then get back after it.
I’ve known Rich Strolis for a lot of years now. Outside of fly fishing and fly tying we share some common history and similar views on donuts. He is a published author, a signature fly tier for Montana Fly Company and a highly sought after guest fly tier and speaker at shows, shops and club meetings. Many of his patterns have been highlighted in the magazines and twenty-two are produced by MFC. At the winter fly shows there is always a line of folks at his booth and he speaks with everyone, eager to answer questions and share ideas on tying, material selection, fishing and craft brews. He is a colleague, a friend and a steward of fly fishing and its waters.
Game on, brother.
For more information about Rich, his book, patterns and video tutorials, go to www.catchingshadows.com