Premier American Fly Tier - John Newbury
Fusing art and science together, John Newbury blends and wraps materials onto trout hooks tying fish catching flies that are highly prized by anglers that are in the know. One of the many reason John’s success in designing and tying fish catching flies is that he has spent many years studying fisheries science and observing fish behavior.
“Having degrees in fisheries science and environmental science has helped me out a lot when it comes to fly fishing and fly tying.” John says, “Having spent several summers snorkeling streams and watching aquatic insects has helped to have a deeper understand of the world under the surface. I have observed things that many anglers not willing to swim an ice-cold river with a mask and snorkel will ever witness. Somehow, I manage to translate that into my collection of fly patterns.”
“Sometimes when the water is warm and clear, I will leave my fly fishing gear in my car and put on a mask and snorkel and just swim a river just to get to know it better.”
John has a design ethic and a sense of aesthetics culled from a deep respect for both Scandinavian designs – he owns a Scandinavian car – to a deep respect of the Japanese design ethic. There is discipline and purpose in his creations, nothing is casual, and everything is intended with purposeful intent. “I never give a fly something it doesn’t need and I never eliminate something that it does need. That includes unnecessary thread wraps to appendages that do not improve the functionality of a fly pattern. Only by fishing my flies daily, I put in over 200 angling days last year, can I make refinements in fly design.”
John will only sell flies that he catches fish with, in contrast to many flies that are on the market today which are tied only to have fly bin appeal without ever having been removed from the jaws of a fish.
Professional Fly Tier, Photographer and Daily Angler