Tacky Tyer of the Month: August. Erik Svenson
“Fly tying for me is a hobby that adds so much to my life. There is something about tying flies that helps me escape the stresses of life and focus on something so small, only taking minutes from start to finish that gives a sense of accomplishment. It’s a hobby that has allowed for creating great friendships off and on the water. There is nothing better than hooking a fish on something you created with your own hands, confirming that you must have done something right that day.”
1– How long have you been tying?
I have been tying just over two years.
2- What was the first fly you tied
A Clouser and I remember the eyes spinning around on me like crazy.
3- Where did you learn to tie flies?
I took a summer long course at Sundance resort taught mostly by Grant Bench.
4- Favorite fly?
The ones that catch fish. I usually toss leeches and buggers in all colors and flash.
5- The fly you hate to tie most?
Dry Flies (period)
6- Most flies tied in one sitting?
86 zebra midges to finish off my American flag Tacky box. Hurt to stand after.
7- Favorite fly tying material new or old
Pheasant tail fibers. I just love wrapping them and the texture and character they add. Second, anything flashy.
8- Advise for new tyers
Don’t go bananas. Find an effective pattern you fish in your area of the world and watch like 5-7 different you tube videos of how to tie it and pick up tips and variations from different fly tyers around the world. Also just buy the colors and materials you need for that pattern, then repeat with another pattern.
9- Who are you’re top three favorite fly tyers
10- Where do you purchase your fly tying materials?
I get stuff from a lot of different places but I buy from whoever stocks the best materials.
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