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Jim Ferguson

Jim ferguson

My love affair with fly tying has its roots in my youth. I was introduced to fly fishing when I was about 10 or 11 years old. My grandfather gave me a bamboo fly rod during the summer of my 14 year. A friend gave me a Thompson vise and after many observations of Audrey Joy tying in the sporting goods section of Meier & Frank Department store in Portland, OR, I started to tie my own flies. For the next 60+ years, I never had a time that I could say, “I don’t have anything to do.”

For the first 30 - 40 years, I was a self-taught fly tier. Over the years I would collect as much fly tying materials as I could store. My early years of fly tying was centered around learning as many patterns as I could, acquiring as much material as possible to expand the pattern possibilities, testing the patterns as often as possible, and always listening to other tiers and fishers to glean as much as possible from their experience.

When you are a fly fisher it is always a treat to live near a great fly fishing river. For four years I lived in Maupin, Oregon on the banks of the Deschutes River which is famous for its salmon fly hatches. Between the trout and steelhead it was a year long fishery.

Over the years I started taking formal classes. Eventually I got introduced to tying Classic Atlantic Salmon patterns. Now, I teach tying classes which include trout to Atlantic Salmon patterns.

I am an active member of the Northwest Atlantic Salmon Guild. In 2012 I was awarded the Dick Nelson Fly Tying Teaching Award by the International Federation of Fly Fishers. In 2006 I was awarded the Oregon Council’s Fly Tyer of the Year Stan Walters Memorial Award. In my work with the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) Fly Tying Group Board of Governors, I developed an online fly tying instructors resource http://www.ftgflytyinginstructorresource.org

When FFF sponsored a Federation of Fly Fishers 2006 International Fly Tying Competition. I entered several categories and the results are as follows;

Oregon Council Level —First Place: —–(1) Steelhead – West Coast Hair wing —–(2) Steelhead – West Coast Surface Waking —–(3)

Salmon – Hair wing —Second Place: —–(1) Trout Streamer —–(2) Steelhead – West Coast Streamer —–(3) Steelhead – Great lakes Spey —–(4) Salmon Spey —–(5) Steelhead – West Coast Shrimp —–(6)

Realistic World Championship Level —First Place: —–(1) People’s Choice – Salmon Free Style —–(2) Salmon – Hair wing —–(3) Steelhead – West Coast Hair Wing —Second Place: —–(1) Steelhead – West Coast Surface Waking —Third Place: —–(1) Salmon – Classic Feather Wing —–(2) Steelhead – West Coast Streamer —–(3) Trout Streamer “

Fly Tyer” Magazine sponsored a contest several years back involving a Hair Wing Blue Doctor. There were approximately 400 entrants and I received an honorable mention by placing 13th in the top 25.

When writing his book "Classic Salmon Fly Patterns", Mike Radencich asked me to be one of the contributors. I provided 10 Patterns tied from recipies he provided, and 1 personal original pattern included in the book.

My goals relating to my fly tying “affair” involve my commitment to continue helping others to recognize, support, and actively pursue the “art of fly tying.”