The Flies of John Wood
John Wood might be the newest contributor to Salmonfly.Net, but he has already surpassed many of his peers in numbers with his first set of contributions. I must say that he put me to work with his first set of Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon flies, but it has been no less enjoyable as it allowed me to spend some time viewing first hand how skillful he is as a tyer and developer of original patterns. So with that said, I hope you enjoy reading what he has to say about himself below, and spending some time yourself looking at his fly pattern contributions to Salmonfly.Net.
Born in 1960, I grew up in
rural North Texas where fly-fishing was about as common as a July
snow in those days. My brothers and I learned about the great
outdoors traipsing across the countryside with rod or gun in hand.
Mentored by our dad and uncles we learned to fish for everything
that swam in the rivers, lakes and ponds of
Getting married to a
beautiful Colorado native in 1986 lead me to become interested in
for trout. This opened up, as they say, a whole new can
of worms. Sharon understood from almost the moment I met her that
fishing was and is a big part of my life and she embraced it, as
well as anyone who didn’t know exactly what that meant could have.
Over the years
In 2006 Sharon and I relocated to Cody, Wyoming
where we now live. Having fished in 16 states from
In 2007 I came across a photo of an exquisite copy of a full dress Green Highlander. The beauty and form of that single fly changed my outlook on fly tying forever. Since that time I have been increasingly intrigued, absorbed, excited and frustrated by classic full dress Atlantic salmon flies. Having previously tied some of the hairwing versions for trout it wasn’t much of a leap to start collecting materials and tying a few copies of full dress flies on my own. Not only do I enjoy the true classics, I also enjoy the creativity of “winding things on a hook” to see what comes out of it.
Though the challenge and beauty of steelhead
and salmon flies intrigue me the most I still devote a significant
amount of time to tying flies for the local trout. I am currently
designing a series of
John E Wood
Classic Atlantic Salmon
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