Thursday, September 25, 2014

DONT FORGET! - Rich Strolis

TCO Fly Shop - Reading: Saturday Sept. 27 | 11am - 3pm

TCO Fly Shop is proud to host another one of the industries most creative fly creators...Rich Strolis!
Rich will be showing his Streamer Presentation from 11am - Noon and will then be demonstrating how to tie 4 of his famous streamer patterns (Headbanger, Ice Pick, Masked Avenger and a Triple Juggernaunt) from 1-3:00.
This event is free to the public.

About Rich:
Rich Strolis grew up in the foothills of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, cutting his teeth catching native brook trout on the many small mountain streams that littered the hills near his parents house.  As he grew up he moved on to the many rivers of Massachusetts where he fine tuned his skills on the water and later at the vise, tying his first fly at the age of 11.  It was no coincidence that he landed his first fly caught fish on a muddler minnow, something that carved his path in the realm of fly tying.  In his early twenties he moved to Northwestern Connecticut, setting up shop within minutes of the Farmington river, a place he calls home and guided on for little over a decade.  Many of his fly patterns were built around figuring out several problems he encountered on the water with clients or on his own. In time, he branched out fishing dozens and dozens

of rivers and streams across New England, New York, Pennsylvania, the midwest and Alaska, often spending countless hours fishing on little sleep and lots of coffee. Over the past five years Rich has penned several articles detailing some of his patterns in Flyfisherman Magazine and Eastern Flyfishing.   Some of his patterns have also appeared in a variety of other publications including Caddis Flies by Thomas Ames Jr., Flyfishing and Flytying Journal, On The Water Magazine, Flyfisherman and many other smaller lesser known publications.  It’s safe to say that he is passionate about all things fly fishing, always striving for something fresh and outside the box, running the gamut of simple to complex patterns merging natural and synthetic materials.    Although he enjoys every facet of trout fishing, his true love is chasing trophy trout with larger streamers, and he has built a variety of small to larger streamers that do just that.  When not chasing trout you can find Rich throwing flies the size of small animals for Northern Pike, another species that he has grown increasingly fond of.  Rich is currently working on a book with Stackpole detailing dozens of his proven patterns that is slated for release in the near future.

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe I missed this. I have been tying and tweeking all his patterns relentlessly.
    maybe next year. this guy is John Wayne for the streamer addict