Fly Tying Night with Matt Ebbers (aka @ebbsforce1)

by | Oct 4, 2018 | 0 comments

Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 8 – 10 pm

Join us at the fly shop for an evening of fly tying, fish stories, and fun with custom fly tier and all around great guy, Matt Ebbers.

You might not recognize the name, but if you spend much time on Instagram, you probably recognize his flies, tying and photography style, and @ebbsforce1 handle.  Matt Ebbers is, among other things, a skillful custom fly tyer and fishy dude.  We struck up a relationship with him a while back and are excited to have him at the shop for a fun evening of fly tying, hanging out, and more.  Living outside of St. Paul, Minnesota, Matt considers the waters of the Driftless Region of Wisconsin and Minnesota his “Home Waters”.  He also fishes out west a few times a year.

Matt has been tying flies for 27 years, starting when he was 14. If you have some basic math skills, you also now know his age and can make guesses about whether he has much gray hair or not.  Interestingly, he started tying flies before he started fly fishing.  Matt is deservedly a Loon Outdoors ambassador, and a member of the pro staffs for Fly Fish Food and Firehole Outdoors. Several of his patterns are also being commercially tied and sold through Fulling Mill.

In his words, “I like the creative parts of fly tying. I enjoy tying flies that not only catch fish but also look good. I am always thinking about flies! My background in photography helps with photographing flies for social media.  I have a wife and 2 young boys keeping me busy when not tying flies or fishing.”

This is a great chance to pick his brain about some of the subtleties of fly tying like keeping a clean look while achieving great buggieness, using modern materials from the likes of Firehole Outdoors and Loon Outdoors in conjunction with classic materials from Whiting Farms and more.  I know that we are interested in getting a few tips on fly photography as well.

We are planning to run some or all of the event as a live stream on @bigskyanglers, so stay tuned for more on that, and give us and @ebbsforce1 a follow if you don’t already.