Jim began tying flies back in the 1950’s during the long winter seasons. Whenever there was a big snow storm, Jim would tie until the wee hours of the morning as it was certain to have no school that day. Dry flies were the order of the day and those Bass were going to be on guard as the bugs often attracted eight pounders in Lake Choggagoggmanchoggagoggchabunagunagogg; commonly known as Webster Lake.
Then early in April, Jim made the trek to Worcester’s Greenwood Street, to Paul Kukonen’s fly shop. This was a blessing in disguise, as Paul actually sat and taught Jim the proper sequence in the tying process. From then on, the rest was history. Beautiful dry flies and streamers made their way onto the waters of Maine and Massachusetts.
Then came a challenge, Jim was introduced to the Classic Salmon patterns and met Steve Cullen who brought Jim into the fold of the precision tiers. Next stop, Rangeley Maine. Jim was a guide in Maine for 20 years and the customers were very happy as they landed great salmon and nice trout as well.
With all this knowledge and expertise in the realm of creating exceptional flies, Jim did not let this fall by the wayside. Passing on his knowledge and expertise to others has long been part of his tutelage. Classes have been given in the schools and recently at Mass Wildlife headquarters, a first for that location. Classes were full and the students were very happy and are already looking forward to next seasons classes.
Jim is presently on the Pro Staffs of Daiichi, Regal Vise, Streamers 365
and Dr. Slick.