Fly Tying Presenters
Bill Newcomb– The Reel Cowboy
Bill resides in Columbia county New York. He started tying as a kid, and has been tying nearly fifty years. He is a featured fly tier at the Fly Fishing Show circuit. He ties flies that catch fish. Bill prefers Catskill style trout flies, and specializes in patterns created by George LaBrache like the Pink Lady. He enjoys fly fishing history. His preferred water is small streams like the Roe Jan River, but enjoys chasing stripers in the Hudson.
I’m a Long Island transplant who found myself captivated by Vermont’s beauty nearly 12 years ago. Vermont proved itself to be the perfect back drop to help me grow and learn as a fly fishermen, and has allowed me to take what may have started as a hobby and turn it into an integral part of everyday life. As I became more accustomed to the diverse species and fisheries Vermont had to offer I began to realize that I couldn’t limit myself to one specific style of fly fishing. While predatory fish like pike and musky have a special place in my heart, as I find the chase among the most thrilling, nothing beats a quiet little trout stream in the mountains. No matter the body of water or species of fish, there’s something to learn and something to catch. Right from the start I began tying my own flies. There was just something magical about the thought of catching a fish on something I created with my own hands. Tying flies wasn’t only therapeutic, but after countless nights of tying it has proven to be far more rewarding than I had ever imagined. I evolved from an economical fisherman to thinking like a predator, in hopes that my flies would look as appetizing to them as they did to me. Influenced by tiers such as Lefty Kreh, Jim Misuria, Brad Bohen, Brian Price (Vermont fly guys) and many others, through trial and error I now feel comfortable sharing with you my findings in hope these flies will work for you too. –Kevin Ramirez (#pikenasty)
John started guiding with Bob about 20 years ago when The Fly Rod Shop guiding service began. John avidly fly fishes and spin fishes in salt water for the inshore species of Snook, Redfish, Speckled Sea Trout and Tarpon, along the west coast of Florida. Instructing and turning beginners on to the sport he loves encourages him every day. He also instructs our private lessons, and supplies the shop with specialty trout, pike, and Muskie patterns.