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Caroline Emmet - England

 

I began fly fishing and fly tying almost twenty years ago, shortly after I met my husband, Chris Reeves.  I couldn't have asked for a better way to start fishing - we were living in Chile at the time and went on two long road trips around the south of Chile and Argentina.  My first flies were therefore a Woolly Bugger and a Prince Nymph.  I'm ashamed to say I can't remember if I caught fish on them, but it didn't matter - I was hooked on both (not the flies, the fishing and the tying). So much so, that on the last trip, I had to be dragged out of the river by my wader shoulder straps, still trying for one more cast.

Back in the UK, I had no time for fly tying at home, but when Chris was invited to tie at fly shows, I developed the knack of squeezing an extra chair between him and his neighbour, so I could set up my own vice and tie some of the flies I could see around me.  There must have been enough complaints from his neighbours as I started to get invitations to shows as an official tyer.

One way or another, I still don’t get to do that much fly tying, so I like to think that I am still demonstrate quite well that you don't need years of practice and experience to tie flies that will catch you fish.

Looking forward to meeting you at the Irish International Fly Fair!