Come meet Rick Little, who will tell us why we think we have some favorite flies!
Our guest speaker for the 19 November membership meeting will be Rick Little. Rick grew up in Marblehead, a coastal town north of Boston, Mass. As a youngster, he learned to lobster and fish for flounder and other Atlantic ground fish from his Father. This was drop-line fishing- seaworms, lead weights and the line held in the hand, draped over the index finger, sensitive to a delicate “take” or a hard tug. While a far cry from fly fishing, it taught him patience, the many different ways fish take bait, and a love for fishing and the outdoors.
While a student at the University of Maine, Rick met my wife, Ellen (which he considers the most important achievement of his college career), and Rick was exposed to fly fishing for brook trout, landlocked salmon and to exploring the Maine woods. During the winter of 1968 heI took an evening class in fly tying and a life-long hobby was started. Professor Claude Westfall emphasized sparseness, proportion, and an appreciation for color throughout the class and those characteristics have remained an important part of his approach to fly tying ever since.
Maine captured Rick’s imagination. The allure of Katahdin, the magic of the West Branch of the Penobscot, exploration of a myriad of other rivers and small streams, and the long New England tradition of streamers and bucktails have all influenced his fly tying. Rick claims to have been exposed to some very imaginative and creative Northeastern tyers including Eddie Rief, Fran Betters, Jack Gartside and Kenney Abrames; each one of these fly tying and fishing experts have contributed to the way Rick ties flies and approaches fishing.
Living in southern New Hampshire now, Rick enjoys local rivers and streams as well as the Atlantic coastal waters of New Hampshire and the North Shore of Massachusetts. There is something very special about wading the coastal beaches or kayaking the estuaries in search of Striped Bass. It has brought Rick back to the salt water fishing of his youth but in a very different way than that old drop line technique he learned as ayoungster. Rick learned how to adapt some of his freshwater techniques and approaches to the salt and that has influenced the types of flies he uses and how he fishes them.
The rivers and streams of northern New England are very special to Rick and he particularly enjoys the waters whose very names spark the imagination and combine the history and traditions of New England fishing with the challenge for each new day - Upper Connecticut, Rapid, Magalloway, Moose, Roach, East Outlet (headwaters of the Kennebec) and the West Branch of the Penobscot. To add a little spice to the experience of fishing his “home” waters, Rick thoroughly enjoys the challenge of fishing and tying flies for Atlantic Salmon, Pike and Brookies in eastern Canada.
Several years ago, Ellen asked Rick what he was going to do with all the flies that heI was tying. That sparked the idea of turning his hobby into something a little more than just that and Shadcreekflies.com was born. Every fly is personally tied by Rick to fill your order. After more than forty years of tying flies and experimenting with a wide range of techniques and approaches, Rick adapted the lessons he learned to create quality, productive flies for discerning fishermen. Shadcreek Flies is a way to share what he has learned about flies, fly tying and fly fishing. In addition to offering individual patterns to anglers who know just what they want, I am also offering to MyFlies’ customers a variety of my “Custom Fly Selections”, specific to various waters that have proven to be very popular with Shadcreek customers. These custom sets make great gifts for a fellow angler or, as a selection for you.”
At TU225’s 19 November membership meeting, Rick will give us his presentation entitled “Bugs and Smelt- Favorite Flies and Streamside Musings”. This presentation is great for fly fishermen and fly tiers. It is designed to stimulate a discussion about what is a “favorite fly” and to get anglers thinking about the flies they use and why. It is a fun, light-hearted program that includes photos of flies, fishing locations and outdoor scenery. Rick will share some of his favorite freshwater patterns and the experiences and streamside observations that have contributed to making these flies “favorites”.
See you all on 19 November so we all can enjoy this presentation together!