Skeena River Fly Supply Team
Innovation is the key-word around which our team revolves. Our Fly Supply team members are all passionate about fly tying and fly fishing in general and, very experienced in their areas of expertise. This allows us to test and communicate new ideas and materials. Our blog page allows you to participate in the discussions and be part of that process. Please join us: it is a lot of fun!
Tomek was born in northern Poland, on the coast of Baltic sea. His family fishing traditions and proximity to the sea naturally led him to become an angler. Over the years he has tried many varieties of fishing, but only fly fishing was what he was looking for. So for almost 20 years he has had 3 different hobbies: fly fishing, fly casting and fly tying.
It was at the time that he was running his own fishing lake that he realized what made him happy; tying big flies, and catching big pikes – that was the most fun…. Like a maniac he was always looking for improvements, new ideas or easiest and most efficient ways to tie a fly. Especially those XXL sized patterns. In order to better understand the behaviour of flies, he would spend hours doing tests while standing in the water.
Now, together with his wife, and his friend they are running a project; Pike Terror Flies, where they are tying custom pike and big predators flies.
We are very happy to introduce Colin Nicholl as a part of our Skeena River Fly Supply team. Colin is an excellent fly tier as well a a ghillie on the River Tweed. He is a great source of knowledge of British salmon patterns and we look forward to working with him. Colin started chasing Brown Trout at the age of eight which carried on for 35 yrs until one day he hooked an Atlantic Salmon of 12 lbs by accident. From that day the Trout were quite safe as he turned his attention to chasing Silvers; thus his interest in tying Salmon flies evolved.
If it can be tied on a hook shank he has tried it and is still trying to this day, he feels there is nothing better than trying new materials and techniques and having your line straightened by a fish who has taken one of your own creations. Colin is a part-time ghillie on the river Tweed in Scotland, where ever he is needed ,which is a great arrangement as he gets to see and fish some of the premier beats on the river,when he is not sitting behind his vise creating.
Derek lives in Kitimat, British Columbia and is a Steelhead and Salmon guide for Spey Lodge on the lower Skeena valley, Nass system, and north coast of BC. He is also a member of the Mackenzie DTX Prostaff team. But above all else he is a fisherman. He grew up in the Great Lakes region of Ontario.Where he lived until his early twenties. At that point he packed up a few belongings and headed west for the Skeena and its Steelhead. He loves to chase big sea-run fish which are fresh from the sea.
This love takes him to destinations around the world. From Eastern Canada for Giant early season Atlantics to Rio Grande in Argentina for sea run Browns, Tarpon in Cuba and Roosters off the Coast of Panama. Its a good life. Tying flies to catch these great fish is one of the fun parts of what he does. Cooking up new patterns and seeing them take fish is a cool thing. “Skeena River Fly Supply offers the best quality materials available. I am very happy to be part of the Fly Supply Team”. Be sure to check out the Derek Barber Signature series of flies!
Growing up in the Yukon, Chris George spent many years fishing and exploring waterways with a fishing rod and canoe paddle in hand. Upon moving to Smithers, British Columbia in 2004, he noticed there were some amazing salmon rivers around. After a few seasons of catching salmon, the most violent fly take and arduous fight introduced him to the wonderful world of steelhead fishing. He’s been hooked ever since. Chris began guiding in 2010, becoming a part of the long tradition of guides at Frontier Farwest. He’s settled into the valley for good, with a river front house and a 6 month guiding season.
The art of fly tying has captivated him, and many days are spent sitting at his desk looking over the Bulkley River. “My favourite fish will alway be Steelhead because of the amazing surface action, especially dead drifted flies to insect eating, free rising steelhead. For me there is nothing more exciting than walking into a run and realizing there is a 10-15lb fish subtly taking bugs off the surface.” Steelhead aside, Chris spends months every year pursuing Chinook salmon on remote and coastal rivers in Northern BC. “The strength of those fish is pretty incredible! Its humbling to be spooled by a fish you know isn’t heavier than 20 pounds. I’ll be pursuing these fish for a long time to come.”
Chris George is a steelhead guide, part-time commercial fly tier and part of the Skeena River Fly Supply Team. As with our other series of flies we only produce flies that have been tested and are known to work, designed by people with extensive experience; this way you will know that you can have faith in a fly that you bought from us. Our flies are known for their quality, and this Chris George Signature Series is no exception. Chris mostly guides on the Bulkley in the fall and on the coast in the summer and winter. His series covers a broad range of steelhead flies for British Columbia.
Since the mid 90’s salmon and sea trout have been my main focus and occupy all my interest and spare time. After the first salmon was caught I wanted more and I think the pursuit for perfection or ways to increase my chances has been shaping me as an angler. I am blessed to live in the northern tip of Sweden, in Luleå and have a number of beautiful rivers that I can reach in a couple of hours drive.
I’m proud and happy to join the Skeena River Fly Supply team and hopefully I can add some Scandinavian influences. I think of myself as a creative tier and I enjoy trying new materials and techniques. I put a lot of effort in my flies and think it’s very important that the fly swims seductively. I am very meticulous when choosing materials to tie my flies and I’m always looking for new and unique ways to push the limits in my fly tying. I prefer tying and fishing scandi-style flies but get a lot of inspiration from steelhead flies.