27 St. Francis Way
Salinas , CA 93906
Narrative: Jay Murakoshi has been leading fly fishing specialty programs since 1973. His fly tying demonstrations and instruction are show cased at North American expositions, pro shops, and conclaves. He is a founding member of the Pacific Pro Surf Association. Over several years, he has taught fly fishing courses at the local JC. One of his past students, Jon Bauer, went on to found one of the top reel manufactures in the industry, Bauer Fly Reels. Jay’s specialty is salt-water fly fishing, especially in the waters off Baja and the Sea of Cortez. He loves to target roosters, dorado and yellow fin tuna. Jay and his partner Ken Hanley also conduct fly-fishing schools in Baja for people wanting an introduction to the “saltwater world” of fly-fishing. Their classes are in such demand that they are usually booked one year in advance. The two have also put on a yearly fly-fishing tournament at which they raise money for the orphanage in La Paz. Jay’s commercial tying skills (both design and production) are highly sought after by top guns in the business… including Trey Combs, Lefty Kreh and Ed Rice among others. He started commercial tying back in 1973. His first commercial account was Orvis. And, like the saying goes, he says, “The rest is history”. He is currently experimenting and creating flies with llama hair. He has tied numerous baitfish patterns and some creative squid patterns using tubes. He has also added a number of flies for the surf using llama hair. His custom designs are available directly through his website, http://www.fliesunlimited.com. With decades of field experience, Jay has earned a Pro Staff position with numerous companies including G. Loomis, Airflo Lines, Bauer Reels, Spirit River, and Daiichi.