Saturday Shoutout / Orvis Tips for Getting Your Fly Patterns In Catalog

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I’ve been tying flies for decades for myself and clients, yet I’ve never submitted a single fly pattern to any fly tying companies to date. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to, I just never seem to have time to get to it on my to-do list. That said, it’s a goal of mine that I’d very much like to reach one day in the near future. Just the other day surfing the web for fly fishing content, I found myself reading a featured article on this very subject over on the Outdoor Life website, which was written by Philip Monahan. I was immediately intrigued because the article provided some valuable insight for fly tiers wanting to increase their odds at getting some of their signature fly patterns accepted by Orvis.

Although a lot of the content in the article surprised me, I did walk away feeling more competent on the types and styles of patterns I should create if I ever wanted to get any of my fly patterns commercially tied and sold in the industry. If you’re a talented fly tier and want to make a little extra cash in royalties with your secret fly patterns, this article is a good place to start if you want to get the ball moving in the right direction. Big thank you to Philip Monahan for writing and sharing this article with all of us wannabe signature fly tiers. 

Keep it Reel,

Come fish with us in the Bahamas!

Kent Klewein
Gink & Gasoline
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2 thoughts on “Saturday Shoutout / Orvis Tips for Getting Your Fly Patterns In Catalog

  1. Interesting little tidbit of information. Has my wheels turning a bit… I’ve always entertained the thought of submitting a few of the patterns that I tie to a company like Orvis, Umpqua, or Raineys, or MFC… I don’t know that anything that I currently tie would be considered “groundbreaking”, but I sure can’t see myself on the water without ’em. Who knows. Maybe I’ll give this idea a little more attention this year. Great post and some great insight on what it takes for a fly pattern to become catalogue worthy.

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