Live Fly Tying Guest: Matt Callies

We are excited to announce that Matt Callies, Fly Tyer extraordinaire, and Loon Product developer, will be taking over the Flylords Instagram feed for a live Tying Session. The Event will be held tomorrow June, 14th. At 9pm EST.

An excerpt from This is Fly Magazine, gives Matt a great intro. We will link the full article at the end of the blog.

Matt was born in Southern California, about 600 miles south of the habitat for which he was designed.  He began fishing for bass in the water hazards of golf courses and when he moved up the coast in search of Sasquatch and a lifestyle that fit his self-proclaimed “dread-neck” nature, fly fishing for trout captured his imagination.  He began tying because “flies are spendy” and moved into his truck because “houses are spendy too”, and real estate only got in the way of chasing fish.  The fly fishing industry offered Matt a safe method of re-introduction to civilization.

When he decided he was ready he did so first as a contract tyer, then guide, then as a sales rep.

Like many accomplished anglers, Matt has a natural ability to think like fish and has mastered classic techniques with very little coaching, a lot of practice and a ton of intuition.  But what sets Matt apart is his ability to completely rethink everything.  EVERYTHING.   Every technique, every tool, every piece of gear, every component of a fly… everything.  It’s not because he is defiant or exercising a need to be original; it’s because his brain (which, remember, is calibrated to think like a fish) never, ever stops.  EVER.  Ideas flow constantly, and when he articulates them as they come to him you realize that the baseline flow of ideas in Matt’s brain would feel like flood stage for the rest of us.  Luckily, the rest of us can rely on Matt to harness the undammed current of ideas and show us what he came up with.

 Check out some of Matt’s favorite patterns:

Link to the full article:


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