Mike Foster Flies
Many of you may not know that Mike Foster is the originator of the Egg Head flies and the Sparkle Shrimp flies, amongst many others that you will see here, because there are so many variations these days - so read below about what he has to say about himself and if you want to know more about some of the best of Northwest fly fishing history take a look at his flies.
I have been tying flies for fifty-seven years. In that time I have created several original patterns, mostly for steelhead and Pacific salmon. Some of my fly patterns have been featured in fishing magazines and books. I have also written columns for Angler magazine and Fly Fishing and Tying Journal. I have also taught fly fishing for over twenty years with Mel Krieger and the Fenwick Fly Fishing and Krieger Schools. During my career as a public school teacher, I established a fly tying and rod building course for credit for high school students.
When I was thirteen, my fishing career began in Northern California’s Russian River. There I was fortunate enough to be mentored in fly tying by Bernie Butler, Irwin Thompson, and Grant King. For the past forty-five years I have fished North Coast rivers such as the Eel, Smith, Trinity, and Klamath. My favorite trout waters are the upper Sacramento and McCloud in California and the Madison and Gallatin in Montana."
When Mike Foster contacted me to show his flies, I was so thrilled, I nearly broke the keyboard typing a response. That's because I had known about Mike and some of his work from one of my favorite books, Fly Fishing for Pacific Salmon. Mike had seen some of his flies on this site tied by other fly tyers, so he emailed me to give us some history and to show more of his originals. When I also learned that Mike had collaborated with some other pioneers of the Pacific Salmon, Steelhead, and Sea-Run Cutthroat flies back in the 50's and 60's like Bill Schaadt, Al Perryman, Bernie Butler, Irwin Thompson, Grant King, and Virgil Sullivan, I was very eager to get going on this web page for him.