The 2020 Lovefest Tyers

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.


Paul Brown


I am a fishing guide in the Bristol Bay Area of Alaska on the world famous Kvichak River, where we swing streamers for giant Rainbow Trout for the majority of our season. During my offseason I commercially tie flies through my company KC FLY CO. I specialize in tying articulated streamers for anything from bass and trout to musky and exotic species. When I’m not tying flies I’m on the water any chance I can get.

Alan Broyhill


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

Steve Dally

sd1a-1-3The 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 brownS, 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 big brown trout, as much as swinging the rod. Steve is a fly designer for Rainy’s, his streamers and other patterns available here and a Sage Elite Guide.

Chris Franzen

ADD0ED7B-25E6-416D-A830-ECF30D609B54Chris Franzen has been a Fly Fishing Guide since he was 16 years old.  He has guided from Alaska to Patagonia, Chile and many places in between, most famously was his stint as a Dally’s shop rat.  We still consider him one of our own all grown up.  Chris actually grew up in Lenoir, NC and thanks his dad for sparking his passion of Fly Fishing.  Chris has been with Headwaters for 5 years, and when he’s not out on the river with clients, you can find him tying flies and spending time with his 3 year old son, who also loves to catch fish.  Welcome back!

Kelly Galloup


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 sixth Lovefest and fourth year on a serious 30″ White River brown trout mission.

Matt Grajewski

Matt was born and raised in Michigan chasing anything that swims.  He has tied and fished flies for many species, but his specialty is large predatory flies.  He currently works for Renzetti and R Distribution as a Web Developer and Brand Ambassador.

Erik Griffen

FullSizeRenderErik Griffen is a 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 Groves

Nick Groves Lovefest 2018 pic.jpgNick 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  Hosler 

lovefest-1-31Dave 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

Chad Johnson

20150821-IMG_8380aa-2“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 Montana Fly Co fly designer and guide ambassador for Simms and Rio.

Alex Lafkas

20170105221401_img_0402-01The 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. Shop Alex’s Streamers Here

Russ Maddin

25593725_1315355968610590_1150814728_nThe 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 became 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.

Michael Schmidt


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. Shop Schmidt streamers

Rich Strolis

Published author, Thomas & Thomas advisor, Montana Fly Company fly designer, Regal Vise and Hatch pro, commercial tyer and guide.  A severely addicted fly fisherman with an affinity for streamers and aggressive fish. This is Rich’s second Lovefest and its great to get him back.

Jeff Trigg


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 Wise


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.

Brian’s  Streamer Chronicles series filmed in and around the Lovefest and it’s participants is not to be missed.