When I tied my first fly, a Black Pennell in September 1976 under the guidance of Ken Ledward, a wonderful Welsh fly tier and gentleman, little did I know that it would lead to a lifetime involved with flies and flytying. I immediately fell in love with both the craft and the materials that go with it.
Within a year I had decided to tie professionally, and for the next twenty, supplied shops all over Ireland with local trout and salmon patterns.
The fly bodies of blended colours were a particular fascination to me and this in turn led me to develop my own range of body dubbings (Traditional Irish Dubbing). After studying many old traditional patterns and colour blends, and with the invaluable guidance of E. J. Malone, an expert fly dresser and Ireland’s leading authority on Irish fly patterns, a range of blended dubbing colours were developed. These blended colours of T.I.D. enable the modern day tier to tie a vast range of authentic flies in the true Irish style.
I hope you enjoy fishing the patterns listed in my catalogue as much as I have in bringing them to you.
Frankie Mc Phillips