It is very refreshing to meet a young man so enthusiastic about fly tying and fly fishing. But don’t let Tradd’s enthusiasm fool you – he is as serious and as accomplished a fly tyer as anyone you’ll meet, regardless of their age.
Tradd began tying flies in 2013 at the age of eleven after receiving a Wapsi Fly Tying Starter Kit as a gift (photo below). Very quickly he learned the fundamentals and eagerly read every book and watched every fly tying video he could to learn more. In short order he was cranking out flies of all types and doing so with exceptional skill.
Tradd’s specialties include fully dressed salmon flies, streamers, and realistic trout flies of all types. He is a frequent featured fly tyer, demonstrator, and instructor at fly tying events and shows all across the country.
Tradd will be tying at the Sowbug Roundup in Mountain home March 24th – 26th. The event features accomplished fly tyers from all-around the world and is sponsored by the North Arkansas Fly Fishers (http://www.northarkansasflyfisher.org). It is one of the USA’s most popular fly tying events with more than 150+ fly tyers showing their skills, telling lies, and enjoying each other’s company. As you can see from the photo below Tradd usually draws a crowd at his table.
If you want to be blown away visit Tradd’s website at http//:www.traddsflies.com to watch some of his video tutorials and see his outstanding fly patterns.