Ben will demo two flies, the first a killer pattern that has proven its weight in gold in his line-up, Reverse bulkhead hollow fleye. This is a somewhat easy pattern and also will be a good lead-in and comparison for the second fleye that will be a bucktail composite head hollow fleye. This section will be more about the method, why I started using this technique, and how to achieve proper density and taper.
My total obsession with fishing started when I was 3yo, my 1st memory, catching a barracuda on a MickeyMouse rod Xmas day, something changed that morning and has continued to grow ever since. By the age of 9-10 my Dad taught me the basics of flyfishing and set me up with a vise and tying materials. I spent most of my youth in Brasil where my family helped start/run a ranch for abused and abandoned street children. It was there that I continued tying flies to imitate berries to fool our local population of Pacu, exploring local rivers for traira (wolf fish), and scavenging our farm for feathers and hair to spin up. It was quite the childhood exploring tropical waters in search of fish that now I see in fly fishing magazines. I moved back stateside to Maine in the early 2000's and was turned onto the amazing wild brook trout and llsalmon fishery Maine is known for. While attending UMaine my obsession intensified and became more of a way of life. Meanwhile, I discovered stripers on the fly and my brain physiologically changed. I focused every second I could on efforts towards better understanding what makes them tick. I consider myself a lifelong learner which is why flyfishing and fly tying continues to push me to be the best fisherman I can be. I enjoy trying to tweak existing striper patterns and innovate new ones to better elicit a strike. Bob Popovics and his fleye designs continue to have a tremendous influence on my style and techniques of tying. I'm a sucker for naturals and bucktail in particular. I began guiding part-time for trout in western M