Andrew Marshall Flies
I was born in 1964, in a British Army Hospital in Germany. I have been traveling pretty much ever since. My fishing career started at age 8 with a 10-inch cutthroat trout lofted into a patch of stinging nettles as I tried to set the hook. The tackle I was using at the time was a curved stick, a length of 10lb test line tied to the end of it, a rusty hook and a worm. The place was Bear Creek, Issaquah, Washington. It was here I really began exploring the aquatic environment, studying the habits of fish and insects and seeing how they interacted.
My first fly was tied on a bait hook, at roughly age 10, and consisted of gray mallard feathers, tied in, bunch style, for wings, and body, similar to a crane-fly pattern. I knew I was onto something, though, when my friend saw it, commented on how nice it would work, and promptly stole it. It worked too as far as I knew. I had been collecting feathers of all kinds since before I can remember, and around this same time, began to put hooks into them, using sewing thread, and tying in hand. All self taught, figuring things out as I went along to produce wet flies along the lines of soft hackles and crane flies.
I am now over 40, and have had flies on display at Patrick's in Seattle since my teenage years, though with the last remodel, they are no longer there. Jimmy LeMert was most helpful in drawing my attention to ever-smaller details of my flies, making them really improve. I have had the pleasure of corresponding with great people like Roy Patrick and Eugene Sunday, learning a great deal about tying and fishing from them. I have also entered flies in the FQSA competition of 2002, taking 6th in the featherwing division with a creation of mine called the Koksoak.
Meeting Monte Smith, however, proved to be the high point in my career. His friendly critiques of my own patterns have really done a lot to boost my feelings about these patterns, and to improve over-all my tying of all flies. He is probably the best tier I know. If it were not for his interest, I would not have been turned onto Salmonfly.net or met Steve Burke whose interest in my flies was a complete surprise.
I was introduced to the flies of Andrew Marshall through the glowing praise of his friend, contributing fly tyer, Monte Smith. Monte was so impressed with Mr. Marshall's work, he decided to tie and present a unique set of original Steelhead flies developed by him called the Deschutes River Dee Series (which see). This was Monte's tribute to Andrew and an invitation for him to tie as a contributor for Salmonfly.Net. I have spoken to Andrew several times since then via email and phone and have learned that he is a special individual as well as a talented fly tyer. Please read on to hear what Andrew says about his flies and the craft and don't forget to look at his flies.