William Lovelace Flies
I honestly can’t tell you whether I started to learn to fish or learn to walk first. This early 50’s picture can give you an idea of my fishing roots. I have been fortunate to grow up in a place like Oregon which lends itself to great opportunities for a fly fisher. I started tying trout flies in 1959 when I was about ten years old. My real introduction to Steelhead flies came just after college in 1973 when I purchased a 9 foot 9 Wt. Custom Fenwick 4 piece fiberglass steelhead outfit from Cascade Tackle Company in Roseburg, Oregon. It came ready for the North Umpqua right down to the Skunk (Polar Bear) on the end of the leader. A year and one small steelhead later I was working back again in Eastern Oregon, fishing mainly for trout near my hometown. Dams on the rivers have long blocked steelhead from my home waters but every so often I get a chance to chase steelhead in other Oregon rivers.
In the mid 80’s I was fortunate enough to start visiting Dave McNeese’s fly shop in Salem, Oregon while seeing my in-laws. This led to a renewed interest in the art of steelhead flies and a growing supply of excellent tying materials. Some of my early steelhead inspiration came out of my limited time there with Dave, John Shewey and other Flyfishers. This fine steelhead tradition (showcasing talented tyers and fine materials) is carried on in the same place today by Rich Youngers.
After 50 years of fly-fishing, each day I enjoy learning more about the sport and the art of fly-tying. After enjoying this site for many years it is a pleasure to become a part of it. The net is an incredible aid for fly-tying that my wildest dreams couldn’t have pictured 50 years ago.
Happy feather bending!
The name strikes true for Oregon fly tyer and fly fisherman William Lovelace who obviously has a great love for tying and a passion for the art of putting together fur and feathers. Bill is a bit modest about his ability as a tyer, but you will see from his flies that he is very talented indeed. I think that we are all very fortunate to have him as a contributor to Salmonfly.Net, not only for his ability to tie beautiful and useful flies, but also for his ability to teach the art to others. You will see what I mean. Read on about what Bill has to say about himself, but don't miss the opportunity to view his flies. This is what he had to say: