The Lovefest tyers are the heart blood of the event, coming together every year for the chance to hang out with the Lovefest crowd.
Gatherings like this of serious articulated streamer types are rare, and for the tyers the chance to mingle with their peers, and tie for the crowd of devotees who come along is what makes it special.
Every year we hear from tyers about how remarkable the attendees are, with their own level of committment, passion and knowlege. Cotter becomes streamer central at this time every year, which is what brings the tyers back.
And for that we offer our thanks to each and all.
2018 TYERS. CLICK EACH NAME FOR MORE DETAILS
“Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Married 20 years, three kids, and two dogs. I was the first fly fishing guide in the chicagoland area. I operate Grab Your Fly Charters. I’ve been in the guiding game for 10 years the last 6 have been full time. I’ve guided locally here in Chicago, the southern basin of Lake Michigan, the Pere Marquette river, Beaver Island, and the Naknek River in Alaska. I have numerous patterns in production from Catch Flyfishing. Ambassador with Simms, Hatch, TFO, Costa, and Stealthcraft Boats.
A Louisiana native transplanted to the Texas Hill country, Matt Bennett, came to prominence outside his Texas networks with his Lunch Money pattern released by Umpqua in 2016.
While Matt has other committments this year that will keep him in Texas, he promised a bunch of flies for the 2018 Lovefest fly box _so we are keeping his name (and website) up here. Thanks mate.
Allan Broyhill is the tyer behind the Fish-Skull Broyhill’s Jackknife predator fly, which won Best Of Show – Freshwater Fly Pattern at the 2015 International Fly Tackle Dealer Show with Flymen Fishing Company. This native North Carolinian streamer junkie and photographer is the current Tennessee state record-holder for largest musky on the fly caught in a tournament. After spending much of the last nine years chasing predator species across the South with a fly rod, Arkansas is one of Alan’s final streamer frontiers
You might not know Justin Cowley’s flies but if you have fished any of Chad’s Streamer patterns or Steve’s Twerking Minnow then your have fished Justin’s ties. A former Montana fly fishing guide, Justin is back in Little Rock and has been streamer fishing the White and Little Red heavily.
His tying jones for articulated bugs has been such that Chad and Steve put him to work. Now we let him out from the back room.
The Tasmanian born dry fly addict would have rather curled up in the bottom of a boat for a nap than pull a bugger. But big bugs, big flies and big rods took the place of Steve’s dry fly jones. He loves rowing people into trophy fish, and the photography of brown trout, as much as swinging the rod. Steve is a fly designer for Rainy’s and a Sage Elite Guide.
The Godfather of Modern Streamer fishing, Kelly has lost none of his hunger for trophy trout and radical streamer design. Sixteen years after Modern Streamer Fishing was release Galloup has a new wave of patterns being released by Montana Fly Co and his lines with Airflo. This is Galloup’s fourth Lovefest and third year on a serious 30″ White River brown trout hunt.
Erik Griffen is a young college student majoring in Fisheries & Wildlife at the University of Missouri. He is an avid fly angler with his preferred method of delivery being large meaty streamers for musky, big browns, or anything with a vicious attitude. Erik began fly fishing at the age of 5 with bluegills and farm ponds. He is part of the upcoming generation and hopes to inspire youth to learn about fly fishing and show new tricks to the streamer game.Instagram: @erik.griffen
Nick grew up on The Grand River in Fergus Ontario and was drawn to fly fishing at the age of 14. At 15 he began working for the local fly shop where he was mentored by some of the best anglers in Ontario.
His passion for fly fishing has brought him to pro staff level with R.L. Winston fly rods and Bauer reels. He continues to hone his skills in all aspects of fly fishing and tying and his relaxed style of teaching and guiding make him a sought after instructor for all skill levels.
Nick is an absolute big fly nut. Developing and proving new fly concepts on his local waters and beyond has become a total obsession, and there will always be something new in his boxes.
Dave is the nice quiet one, in this cast of noisy beggars. A guide, blogger and photographer Hosler also gets noticed for some great ink, and a dry, very funny wit.
He comes to this crowd with serious smallmouth jones and some no-holds barred fly design, pushing the boundaries.
Dave is also allowed out to play by one of the smartest, coolest chocolate labs we know, Finn
“Mississippi” Johnson has been a huge part of the development of the Fly Shop and our streamer passion and with Alex, and Steve one of the key figures in the growth of White River streamer fishing.
His talents as a guide and fly tyer has been recognised widely: he is an Umpqua fly designer and guide ambassador for Simms and Rio.
The spiritual leader of our unholy alliance of streamer guides, Alex sparked the White River streamer game in 2010. His incessant curiosity, and refusal to accept conventional wisdom as good enough, has driven a lot of the White River innovation.
And he’s damn fun to spend a day in a boat with. Alex’s patterns are sold by Catch Flies. He is also a Sage Elite Guide.
Jason has the laid back country boy demeanour that belies his competitive nature. He is one fishy cat proving over and over he can put y’all onto big fish. And he has been turning out some killer streamers over the last 12 months, quietly refining and testing patterns with a difference. Spend some time in front of Jason’s vise.
The originator of the Circus Peanut, the fly Kelly Galloup says he wishes he designed, Russ is one of the O.G. streamer designers and is still a true innovator.
Russ started working in a fly shop at the age of 13. After making the mainstream attempt at college, allegedly at 5 different schools Russ decided to follow his true passion. In 1995 he started guiding in northern Michigan and becamme the river hippie that he had always dreamed. There hasn’t been a single day when Russ hasn’t been full on for this sport. While all else changes and morphs, fly-fishing has remained the constant passion. As he approached 40 years old he is still guiding on the struggle stick and loves every minute of it.
The “Ginger Viking” has done as much as anyone in the last decade to maintain the flame of modern streamer fishing.
Through his company Angler’s Choice Flies, he has churned out thousands of big articulated streamer, that catch fish and have inspired plenty of tiers and fishermen. He remains devoted to his craft, and nurturing the same skills in other. Check out his Facebook tying video sessions too.
Jeff is the owner/head guide of Ozark Sweetwater, based in central Missouri but a regular on the tailwaters in search of a large predatory brown trout or chasing smallmouth on the smaller streams in the Ozarks. He has tied at all the Lovefest events.
Jeff is a member of the Sage Elite Pro Staff, a certified casting instructor through the FFF and the sales rep for Sage Rio & Redington, and Towee Boats in Arkansas and Missouri.
Brian is another nationally known tier who has been around since the beginning. Brian put streamer fishing the North Fork of the White just across the border on the map and has had a huge influence on the popularity of streamer tying globally with what is undoubtedly the best streamer tying videos anywhere.
His new Streamer Chronicles series is not to be missed.