New Rest of World Signature Tiers for 2022Published: 5th January 2022 | Author: Fulling Mill
We’re thrilled to have brought on 4 new signature tiers who have flies in our 2022 collection. From Paul Procter’s dry flies to George Daniel’s jig streamers, we’ve made a big upgrade to our trout flies. If you want to view all new flies for 2022, you can check them out here.
We believe that the story behind each tier and their pattern is important. As a result, we asked each of our new Signature Tiers to introduce themselves. Enjoy!
Writer, AAPGAI Master and Vice President of both the Wild Trout Trust and Salmon & Trout Conservation with 45 years experience on rivers, stillwaters and tropical saltwater, I contribute regular features and advice to the UK’s premier fly-fishing publications, chiefly Trout & Salmon, as well as the popular Fieldsports Magazine and Fly Culture quarterly. With extensive knowledge and experience of fresh and saltwater game species worldwide, my fascination with specimen wild brown trout finds me spending much of my time on my beloved Cumbrian rivers as well as in Chile, Iceland, New Zealand and Russia where I lead groups to explore remote, off-beat waters.
An innovative fly tier with deep entomological understanding, I have developed many specialist patterns covering the various stages of fly hatches. These have become a signature for many of my articles. This expertise, along with my knowledge of all things wild trout, makes me a valued member of the Fulling Mill designer team.
I grew up in Potter County, Pennsylvania. It’s an isolated region near the PA/NY border. A small brook trout stream named Germania Branch flowed literally in front of my doorstep. The stream was a “kids only” section and luckily I was the only child in the village that fished, so I ended having my own private fishery. Then my family moved to central PA at age 14 where I began exploring the famed limestone streams. I also learned about two gentlemen who taught fly fishing at Penn State University, George Harvey and Joe Humphreys. As soon as I learned about these guys making a living as fly fishers instructors I became obsessed with the idea of also making a living in the fly fishing industry as an instructor.
So much of my fly fishing and teaching foundation came through the teachings of my mentor, Joe Humphreys. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had Joe as a mentor. Besides Joe, I’ve had the privilege to learn from so many other well-known—and not so well-known—fly fishers. What I love about fly fishing is that it’s a never-ending source of continuous learning. I’m also a former competitor and coach for Fly Fishing Team USA, and coach for the US Youth Fly Fishing Team. I’ve authored several books, written countless article, run lessons near and far, and conduct seminars across the country. I consider myself a teacher first and a fly fisher second. Fly Fishing education is what I love to do and I enjoy helping other become more successful. I’m currently the Director of Fly Fishing for Penn State University, a position held by my friend and mentor, Joe Humphreys.
I’m excited to join Fulling Mill as Signature Tier! It’s a company striving to produce high quality flies at affordable prices. Plus, the entire Fulling Mill team is a core group of anglers and more importantly, they’re good people. There are companies out there making good product, but they lack in the ethics department. This is not Fulling Mill. I couldn’t be happier working with a great company that’s full of great people making quality fly fishing products.
I began fly fishing nearly 40 years ago in Western Pennsylvania. I started dabbling in tying not long after. Between then and now, I’ve fished many places with many styles of flies. These range from old-school Central PA patterns, to new style European-inspired patterns that come from experience while representing the US at 6 World Fly Fishing Championships.
I try to tie flies that work. Period.
My name is Steffen Schulz and I have been working as a freelance author on European sports fishing since 2008, as a sideline to my main employment. I have been fascinated by fishing since I was a child, and it has always been more than just a hobby for me. During my time as an active competitive angler in the Sportfischer Krummensee youth team in Königswusterhausen, Brandenburg, I was already certain that I wanted to be involved in the area of predator fishing in a professional sense. I have always been fascinated by all aspects of fishing. Even my final university thesis dealt with the subject of fishing, entitled “Potentials of fishing tourism for the tourism economy in South-East Asia – Comparative potential analyses of selected destinations in Vietnam and Thailand“.
In 2008 I contacted the fishing magazine Blinker. Until 2011, my specialist articles were published in Esox, Angelwoche and Blinker (Jahr Top Spezial Verlag) and in their subsidiary magazines abroad. Through my activities as a freelance journalist for Blinker, I entered into a sponsoring with Pure Fishing for whom I work as a sponsored journalist for all brands but basically I am part of the Hardy fly team. Over the years, I started a lot more cooperations with brands and magazines all over Europe.
Recently, I have been concentrating primarily on fly fishing for pike, perch and pikeperch (zander). In particular as regards fishing for pike and pikeperch in open water, there remains a lot to be investigated. Fly fishing for monster perch is also what I love doing.