Meet Our Pro Tyers

Paul Beel, Terre Haute IN

Favorite flies: Paul specializes in modern streamers for smallmouth and largemouth bass and trout. Ties classic Michigan dry flies for trout and flies for bluegill.

Find Paul @: www.frankenfly.com, www.instagram.com/frankenfly/www.facebook.com/frankenfly

About Paul: Paul leads our Pro Tyer team and is owner, writer and fly tyer of FrankenFly, a website and fly tying business. He pursued his passion of fishing after watching his grandfather create homemade lures as a kid. He felt he could continue in his grandfather's footsteps as a fly tyer. Paul is an Orvis Fly Deisgner and is a pro for HMH Vises, Temple Fork Outfitters, FishPond, Partridge of Redditch and Deer Creek. He also produces his own line of dubbing, FrankenDub Monster, FrankenDub Nymph and FrankenDub All Purpose, available here at J. Stockard.

 

 

 

Justin Aldrich, Habersham Co. GA

Favorite flies: Justin focuses on tying submersible flies - Caddis Pupa being his favorite, with Stone's & May’s (Nymphs) coming in second. Justin recently dove into ‘guide style’ flies and loves to tie them.

Find Justin @: www.instagram.com/justin.aldrich/ and www.youtube.com/channel/​

About Justin: Justin has been tying flies and fly fishing for roughly 4 years. He started tying flies before he started fly fishing. Used to traditional fishing gear, he decided to start trout fishing and quickly realized that traditional gear wouldn't allow him to present all the food groups to trout that were readily and naturally available to them...so, the fly fishing lightbulb went off and he never looked back. Justin recently started a YouTube channel: ‘Fly Tying with Justin Aldrich’.

 

 

 

Brandon Bailes, Athens AL

Favorite flies: Brandon specializes in 2 areas - deerhair bass bugs and downsized small water flies (mostly streamers and deerhair bugs).

Find Brandon @: www.instagram.com/panther_branch_bugs/

About Brandon: Brandon has been fly fishing since he was a kid. His grandfather took him fishing at a very young age, exploring small warmwater streams by their home. He began tying as an adult. He always loved building and creating things so it was a natural progression for him. He still spends the majority of his fishing time exploring and fishing small streams. Brandon is an Orvis Fly Designer and on the following pro teams: Flymen Fishing Co., Dropjaw Flies and Allen Flyfishing. 

 

 

 

Matthew Beers, Circleville NY

Favorite flies: Matthew is mostly known for tying traditional style Catskill flies. He enjoys tying Catskill dry flies or Catskill down wing wets as well as traditional slip wing wets.

Find Matthew @: www.instagram.com/catskill_flyfisher/

About Matthew: Matthew was born and raised in the Catskills, the birthplace of American dry fly fishing. Over the years he's had the opportunity to rub elbows with many legendary Catskill fly fishers and tyers. He's been fishing since childhood and transitioned to fly fishing and fly tying well over a decade ago. He started with making crank baits for bass in his 20’s and then moved to tying flies for bass, then trout. 90% of his tying and fishing is stalking salmonids and occasionally chasing large and smallmouth bass. He is on the Pro Staff of Sideling Hill Hackle.

 

 

 

 

Justin Bowman, Apple Valley MN

Favorite flies: More than anything else, Justin ties nymphs for trout fishing. He dabbles in dries and streamers from time to time.

Find Justin @: www.instagram.com/justin___bowman/

About Justin: Justin has been fly fishing for over 18 years. His dad always had a fly rod in the garage and, for whatever reason, he gravitated to it at a pretty young age. Something about fly fishing always intrigued him and he always found it more interesting and challenging than fishing with conventional gear. He started fly tying in earnest around 10 years ago, although he had first tried tying when he started fly fishing. His initial try was very short-lived since he was fairly young and didn’t have money for the correct materials or tools. His interest in fly tying was rekindled in his early twenties and has been an obsessive hobby ever since, especially after he moved to the Midwest and dove into a completely new world of fishing.

 

 

Nome Buckman, Portland ME

Favorite flies: Nome is a self-proclaimed streamer junkie, but loves the personal challenge of tying anything and will fish with flies that work. She is fascinated by regional and local flies.

Find Nome @: www.ReelNorthLLC.com, www.instagram.com/nomebuckman/

About Nome: Nome has been fly fishing since 2000 and tying since 2003. Carrie Stevens featherwing flies are what got her started, along with the infinite creativity that tying one's own flies allows. She moved to the Midwest 5 years ago and has just recently moved back to her fishing roots, the East Coast. Nome was the Angler of the Year in 2014 (WI Women Fish). A few of her flies made it into the book, Tying Heritage Featherwing Streamers by Sharon E. Wright. She has published unique flies tied with milkweed and other plant based materials in Dun Magazine, where she is a contributing editor.

 

 

Brita Fordice, Bremerton WA

Favorite flies: Shrimp, squid and baitfish!

Find Brita @: www.instagram.com/seafly907/ 

About Brita: Brita was taught to fly fish at the age of 8 by her father and grandfather at their cabin on the banks of the Stillaguamish River in Washington. She taught herself to tie within two years of learning to fish and was addicted from the start. She loved fishing but she was limited by how little independence she had at that age and couldn’t go out fishing by herself. Tying allowed her to do something related to fishing on her own. She fished constantly throughout her childhood and when she met a cute fly fisher at age 17, she went ‘nuts’ about it. From that point on, her life revolved around fly fishing, even after the boy was long gone. Brita is currently a Lagartan pro and American Museum of Fly Fishing Ambassador. She was an Umpqua Signature Fly Designer in 2016. She now works for FARBANK (Sage, Rio, Redington) and is a fly fishing guide on Pugent Sound and the Hood Canal.

 

Adam Harman, Kernersville NC

Favorite flies: Adam is focused on nymphs but ties dries, streamers, terrestrials and more.

Find Adam @: www.blueridgecustomflies.com, www.facebook.com/blueridgecustomflies/, www.instagram.com/blueridgecustomflies/

About Adam: Adam has been fishing most of his life but didn't truly take up fly-fishing until he was 25. A few years later in 2008, he began tying his own flies and never looked back. For Adam, fly tying is not just a business or hobby, it's an art and passion. Adam is on the following Pro Teams: Flymen Fishing Company, Dr. Slick and Hazard FF. He has been commercially tying for over 2 years.

 

 

 

Tim Morales, Caladonia MI

Tim's favorite flies: Tim loves traditionals and realistic style flies.

Find Tim @: www.instagram.com/t1mb3an/

About Tim: Tim has been fly fishing regularly for eight years and fly tying for one. His Grandpa first took him fishing when he was four, using an old fly rod rigged with bait, on a little lake near Greenville, Michigan. He caught his first fish, a largemouth bass. Unfortunately, he didn’t pick up another fly rod until the age of 14 but ever since then he’s been a dedicated fly fisher. Tim started tying because his local shops didn’t always have the flies he was looking for. Now, he’s immersed himself in everything fly tying, learning as many techniques as possible. His preferred target for fly fishing are trout… browns and rainbows. Tim is on the Deer Creek Pro Staff and a sales associate for Orvis.

 

 

 

Tim O'Neill, Hockessin DE

Favorite flies: Tim ties flies for various species and locals - trout, smallmouth, largemouth, steelhead, salt water, ponds, lakes, rivers etc.

Find Tim @: www.oneillsflyfishing.com, www.instagram.com/oneillsflyfishing/, www.facebook.com/oneillsflyfishing/

About Tim: Tim has been fly fishing for close to 30 years. He reeled in his first fish - a 10" rainbow - at the age of nine. He remembers staring at the vivid colors of green, purple and silver and being in awe at the sight of his trophy. He is still drawn to the beauty of all types of fish. He is a machinist by trade and he fabricates most of the parts for the NOR-Vise for which he is also the East Coast sales rep. Tim is a member of the Flymen Fishing Company and Loon Outdoors Pro Teams.

 

 

 

John Satkowski, Toledo OH

Favorite flies: Streamers are his favorite to tie and fish, but he tries to be as versatile as possible. He also enjoys tying and creating topwater/waker type hybrid patterns.

Find John @: www.facebook.com/RiverRaisinFlyCompany/, www.instagram.com/johnsatkowski/

About John: John has been fly fishing for 18 years and tying flies for 16 years. He started tying as a kid on a low budget vise from Cabela's and was able to tie ‘bad’ Adams dries. He now has eight patterns available from Rainy’s. John is a pro tyer for Flymen Fishing Co. and commercial tyer for Rainy’s Flies.

 

 

 

 

Son Tao, Fishers IN

Son's favorite flies: Son ties every style of fly but is probably best known for his dry flies. His specialties are Catskill style dries and Stimulators.

Find Son @: www.facebook.com/sontaoflies/, www.instagram.com/son_tao/

About Son: Son is an active duty Army Master Sergeant, Infantry Branch. He has been tying and fly fishing for 18 months. He got his start through a Korean War Vet and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. As a combat vet, he was dealing with a lot of issues from multiple deployments and was introduced to fly tying and fishing to help him focus and relax his mind and body. In the past year, he has made up for lost time by fishing in Montana, White River AR, Au Sable River MI and multiple Pennsylvania limestone creeks. He is a member of PHWFF Indianapolis, Warriors and Quiet Waters Montana and Indianapolis Fly Casters Club. He is also a pro for Regal Vise, Semperfli, Moonlit Fly Fishing and Hazard Fly Fishing.

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