Fly Tyer of the Month: Gunnar Brammer

Kicking off the Fly Tyer of the Month series for 2017 (a month late shhh) is Gunnar Brammer! Gunnar is a custom fly tyer living in Minnesota, and is owner of his website/online store Brammer’s Custom Flies. He has amassed a very healthy YouTube and Instagram following in a very short period of time. He has multiple videos nearing 10,000 views, and for the fly fishing genre that is pretty darn good-especially since his videos are quite a bit longer than most tutorials on youtube these days. For a young tyer he has technique and skill sets beyond his years and his ever expanding list of patterns prove that.

As an early tyer, who were some of your influences?

Early on, I was completely lost. I really wanted to figure stuff out on my own, and without having anyone to learn from I struggled. I took my first ever fly tying class through The Northern Angler in Traverse City, MI from Alex Lafkas. Alex really helped me to connect the dots and showed me the ropes. From there I started to dive pretty deep into all of Kelly’s articulated designs by following along to Streamers on Steroids (DVD), which I still watch annually and learn something new every time. After that I fell in love with Pike flies and found guys like Niklaus Bauer, Andreas Andersson, Norbert Renaud, and Daniel Holm. Those four guys have likely had the biggest impact on my recent designs and my overall style.

My favorite fly tier is actually Norbert Renaud. Honestly, I think he is without a doubt the most creative person I have ever seen behind the vice. I often think of Norbert as the “Synthetic Fiber – guy”. I have always struggled with synthetics, especially stacking and shaping them. Norbert is like the king of stacking and trimming fibers. He is truly an artist at it, and I really admire his ability to shape flies.

Speaking of Kelly Galloup, it is well known that you spent some time at the Slide Inn. What was the KG/Slide Inn experience like? What were some things you learned, and how has it changed you as an angler and fly designer?

 

Kelly Galloup- owner of Galloup’s Slide Inn in Montana. The originator.

 

When I arrived at Kelly’s, I honestly did not know anything, and I was upfront with Kelly about that over the phone. My knowledge of fly fishing didn’t seem to concern him; he was honestly just looking for a kid who was going to treat every person who walked through his door with respect and as an equal. The fly fishing industry is often saturated with pride and arrogance, elitist that seem to only greet you based on the appearance of how big your check book is. Kelly’s is the farthest thing from that I have ever experienced. He is without a doubt one of the most generous, kind hearted and nicest people I have ever met, unless you plan to use his shop as a rest stop, and then you better watch out! Yes, sometimes he has an inappropriate comment….or two, or three…..but Kelly is a man. Someone who takes responsibility, and cares for his employees and friends, and it was a humbling opportunity to get to know him and share in his knowledge.

When I was out there, I did my best to learn it all. Every day I had to give advice and perspective, and I felt responsible for the quality of that advice. I didn’t want to just be a messenger boy, telling customers what fly did it yesterday for one of our guides. I wanted to experience it myself. I wanted to understand the ins and outs, the order of the hatches and what time of day they occurred, in what sections of the river they were most prevalent. So, I went fishing; weekends, before work, after work, and sometime even during work. I tried it all, dries, nymphs and streamers. When a customer came in, I wanted to be able to say “this is what I saw yesterday, at this location, and this time”. I wanted to pass along firsthand information.

 

 

 

Madison River, Montana.

 

Most days I worked a simple 8 hour shift, but even after my shift was up, it was hard to leave the shop. I’d stick around to listen to Kelly tell stories. When the shop was slow he’d often entertain from his tying bench while I manned the counter. He’d give one on one tying tutorials, explain techniques, and give information to anyone who asked. I just hung out, and absorbed as much as possible. What was exciting for me was to take those stories and examples back to the trailer and try for myself. Succeed or failure, it ingrained the ideas and principles into my mind. For the next week I’d often regurgitate these ideas when talking to people, and they slowly began to become my own. The ideas would stop being foreign and would become naturalized as to how I understood fishing.

I can honestly say fishing is no longer the same. Every decision is conscious and informed by three serious years of observation. I learned to read the confluences of multiple surface currents congregating above a cyclical riser and the impact of my shadow, the rods, and my line. Learning to be able to control your leader as you stalk into position of a perfect 17” Madison Brown. Beginning to see through the kinetic surface tension to another dimension, picking a stream apart seam by seam as your hare’s ear finds the nose of a rainbow. Seeing a bank and knowing when and where the brown is going to bust a move and crack your dungeon. I finally learned how to read water. I will never see water the same way again. Fish where fish are…… I don’t think there is any substitute to learning to read water aside from being on the water and failing miserably day after day. Trying new things until you find success, and then cataloging that information until it become subconscious. I went in to work for Kelly not knowing anything, but left a completely different angler.

 


How has the opening of Brammer’s Custom Flies been thus far? I see a pretty good wait time on the website, so it must be going well?

The truth is that it is hit or miss. I am beginning to figure out the cyclical nature of the streamer industry. It seems when someone needs a few bugs, almost everyone does, and you end up getting slammed. Likewise there are definite slow periods. I do my best to be productive throughout. The slow periods are my excuse to go fishing, test flies, and film tutorials. I am certainly more of a custom tier than a commercial one. I do a large quantity of smaller orders for individuals which always keeps thing interesting and fresh.

 

 

What were your goals when you opened up Brammer’s Custom Flies?

The purpose behind Brammer’s Custom Flies has always been to have my foot in the door. I needed a way into the industry, a way to build credibility and establish myself, as well as giving myself the opportunity to work on perfecting something I love. I have always hoped to pass the torch to a commercial outfit someday, certainly not entirely, but enough to lighten the load and to make way for other ventures. Aside from fishing and designing flies, I love to teach. I have wanted to be a fishing guide from the moment I first stepped aboard a drift boat, and would love nothing more than to transition my tying outfit into a guide service as well. That is the plan at least. I hope some of which will come to fruition as summer approaches.

 

I noticed you prefer GSP thread for streamers, and in the one youtube video you said you tested out different threads for a while- what didn’t you like about the other threads compared to the GSP?

 

The first fly I ever tried to tie was Kelly’s Zoo Cougar, and I used GSP from the start. I didn’t realize it at the time, and after running out, I replaced it with whatever my local shop had. I was immediately frustrated because I would basically break my thread 2-3 times per fly. I will literally break any thread on the market under normal circumstances, except GSP. I only tie streamers, I have only ever tied streamers (not entirely true, but mostly), and I think for that reason I have really been drawn to threads I can place a ton of tension on. It is simply because I don’t have the perspective of tying with 8/0, I have just always tied thing down as hard as I can, haha.

 

 

Going from recreational to professional fly tyer certainly has its challenges- inventory management, day to day operations- how do you do it?

One fly….at….a….time. As I said earlier, I am much more of a custom tier than a commercial one. For me, the biggest problem I have is feeling overwhelmed. It doesn’t happen often, but sometime orders land just right, and my lead time goes from 1-2 days to 3 weeks. The truth is, is that I am new to this, and I really struggled with the commercial aspect of it the first few months. I used to spend as much time prepping materials as I did tying, most of which could have been done on the spot. Basically I prepped unnecessary material, and ended up costing myself time instead of saving it. For the record, I don’t actually tie one fly at a time…..haha. Typically I do all the tails, then articulations, then front hooks. That way each section is fresh in your mind and you can increase your consistency. I previously split the front hook into multiple steps, but sometimes just finishing a fly is more motivating than adding yet another step.

As far as inventory, it is far easier to prep for large orders than small ones. Large orders usually have a bigger lead time, and are more understanding of the timing of things. But, I’m also a small time guy. I want people to be able to “check out” a pattern or two without having to order more than what they signed up for. It’s these small orders however that I typically find out I’m low on a material or two, and usually to my surprise.

 

Let us talk fly development- Where have the ideas come from?

A good example is my MEGA-Jerk. It was thanksgiving morning, and I was drinking coffee at the island drooling over the dinner my wife was preparing. In the middle of our conversation, I stood up, ran downstairs and grabbed some computer paper, and started drawing. Most times, the ideas just kinda pop into my head, and if I don’t right them down, they pop back out. They are definitely problem-solving based…..mostly surrounding a specific scenario.

It wasn’t inspired by the Super Jerk, yet it is identical. Obviously not literally identical, but concept wise and execution wise…identical. It wasn’t until I had fished and finished the third fly, having tweaked the hooks and wing materials to get the right silhouette, that it occurred to me it was a “Super”-MEGA-Jerk.

Honestly, most of my ideas come out of thin air. For me, fly design is not typically a conscious decision. I’ll simply be on the water and say to myself, “Wow, I could really use a 5” weightless baitfish pattern right now.” The need for the ideas comes on the water, and a specific scenario I’m faced with as an angler, and then my mind starts subconsciously grinding to solve that problem. For me, the joy comes from designing it myself, and the excitement of bringing that idea back to the situation that inspired it is often the motivation that keeps me fishing and designing.

I have spent the past 5 years or so watching YouTube videos, reading books, and imitating other tiers. All those techniques, silhouettes, and designs are in my head, jumbled around somewhere. Then the pieces fall into place, typically falling around a keystone idea if you will. For me, the keystone for the Hollow Point was the double wing…. Marabou tail wing, bucktail/craft fur fore wing, basically building an intruder that is very much so, not an intruder. I borrowed the tail from John McClure’s Kill Whitey, and the front from Kelly’s Pearl Necklace, and made it weightless through Andreas Andersson’s reverse craft fur head from his Aino, Wolftrap, and Delivery Man patterns.

These borrowed techniques typically aren’t intentional; I don’t often realize where the inspiration comes from until I look back and reflect on it. They are just a means to accomplish my goal. Andreas’ head was the means to make it weightless; the Kill Whitey tail gave me the proportions, and movement, while the Necklace created a light weight bucktail wing support for bulk. The composition of these three designs resulted in what is likely my most popular pattern, yet none of the ideas are my own. I just brought them all together in one fly.

 

From idea to finished fly ready for sale- what is your revision process like? Have you ever had a design you really thought was interesting fail, or not be as successful as you had hoped?

Not sure how most guys do it, but my revision process is usually subconscious. The ideas come and go, usually re-appearing every other month. Most times I’m not aware that the ideas are related until I look back at my old pictures. My Monster Craw started 8 months before I released it. I had an instagramer ask if I tied any shrimp patterns for the salt, having never tried it I thought it would be cool to give it a go. I had watched many variations of Danish coastal shrimp flies from one of my favorite YouTubers – Daniel Holm. I tied a fly using some of the techniques and was quite pleased with myself, but it ended sitting on my tying desk until spring. Once spring came I had an articulated crawfish idea with Flymen’s new Shrimp/Cray tails and Chocklett’s Body Tubing. The pattern, though cool and fishy, was overly complicated, so I let the idea slowly fade away. It wasn’t until 2 months later I tied a simplified single hook version, and revised the profile later that week and the Monster Craw was released. To me, the Monster Craw just happened….it was an epiphany moment, yet if I had looked back, I had had and re-had the idea multiple times. The process is rarely linear. The originals almost always fail, sometimes on the water, but just as frequently behind the vice. As the idea progresses, month by month, each variation is always a simplification of its predecessor, which is likely why I don’t always see the connection. The end result usually sticks.

 

 

My latest release the Skinny-Dipper, again just seemed to be an epiphany moment. The pattern came to me as an idea for a fly competition, held by Fly Shop of the Big Horns. One of the requirements for this competition was that the fly needed to be an original design, something that I had quite a few of. Yet, the fly could not have been posted on social media. This requirement crushed me! I had so many new patterns I had released just prior to the announcement of the competition, patterns I have 100% confidence in. I desperately began trying to combine ideas from some of my favorites. Triple Hollow Points built with Super Jerk brushes, Super Jerks with Sculp Daddy heads, Fish Skull Triple Sculp Daddy’s ect… What I began to realize was that I was coming up with variations for the sake of variations. These new patterns where not fulfilling a new purpose. I did not want to design a fly for variations sake, but it needed to come from facing a specific situation on the water. Realizing this, I began to look through my current designs. I saw weightless and light weight baitfish patterns in their various sizes…. and sculpins…..all with the same head design (expect the Trout Nugget, which is a skinny water pattern). I realized that anything I designed with the Sculp Daddy head would fish in a similar manner, in a similar section of the water column, and it wouldn’t meet a new situational need that wasn’t already being met. Then the light bulb moment happened, a weightless sculpin. With that in mind, I simplified a Super Jerk, downsized it, and stacked a Kelly Galloup Wooly Sculpin head on it, thus the Skinny-Dipper was born.

 

Undercarriage of these Skinny Dippers

The original Skinny-Dipper however happened a year prior. The inspiration arose from a Norbert Renaud Pike sized Bunny Slider. Seeing this pattern, I immediately wanted to give it a go. I tied a pike sized version and just as quickly a downsized articulated version for smallies. This pattern came and went, and eventually resurfaced last spring for a customer who saw the original picture. Being a year wiser, I modified the head design more similar to the Wooly Sculpin to add stability to the pattern. A month later, a customer had an idea for converting this articulated slider into a single hook weedless bass fly. I was excited about the idea and gave it a shot. The action was tantalizing, and although intended as a top water fly, I could not help but see a future sculpin pattern. So… after 4 different versions, I finally, and unintentionally ended with the Skinny-Sipper.

 

Things would be a lot different without those ideas. Most of them I don’t share, and I’m always nervous to release a new fly. The thing about most of my streamers is that they have arisen from 3 years’ worth of failed attempts. I literally have a 1000 + streamers, sitting in my garage in a cardboard box; originals, imitations, failures, and some success stories that have been replaced. They are my memories, and my learning curve. I fear that people see a new idea as something that is simply “new”, while in reality they have been growing and evolving often times for years.

 

How does your thought process change when designing trout flies, to now designing predator stuff?

My thought process is identical….in fact, one of the things that really bothers me is the categorizing of streamers. Trout flies, Bass flies, Pike flies, Saltwater flies…….Even though I’m guilty of it, I really don’t get it, and I’m afraid young anglers see these titles and literally think bass flies only catch bass. In my most recent Blog for Flymen Fishing Co “The Power of Perspective”, I intentionally broke the fly category’s down into baitfish, bottom dwellers, and crawfish (for the sake of the salt community, we’ll go with crustations). The biggest thing I think people overlook is forage! It is such a simple thing, but when you look through facebook groups. People will ask, what flies are good for bass, and 80% of people say wooly buggers, 19.9% say poppers and clousers, and then I’ll pipe in and say something dumb like,” 7” articulated baitfish patterns.” I don’t care if you’re a Brown Trout, a Bass, or a Northern Pike, if your system has 6” Golden Shiners in it, you should be fishing a 6” Golden Shiner imitation! The patterns aren’t specific to the predator; they are specific to the forage! Instead of asking what catches bass, it would be more appropriate to ask what species and size range of forage can I expect to encounter in this river system, or in this part of the state, ect….

One of the best things to ever happen to me has been the move to Duluth, MN. I knew nothing of the area, and even less about chasing smallmouth and pike in a river. I didn’t ask for opinions on what to fish or where, I simply went to google maps, found river access, and went fishing. My first trip to the Cloquette, I managed about a dozen large Smallies all on an articulated 7” Kill Whitey variation. If you learn the system and understand the forage, you’ll be able to find and fool the predators, trout included.

 

 

You talk a lot about developing taper into your flies- often mentioning 70/30, 60/40 etc- for those newer tiers can you explain what you are trying to achieve by doing that? How can they improve their tapers and overall consistency in fly construction?

I am primarily trying to achieve two things. First is silhouette, the second is action. I believe silhouette plays a huge role in a predators search image, and is often a standalone triggering mechanism. Action wise, a fly built in a fusiform taper will push water around the shoulders of the fly increasing the undulation of the tail fibers.

The best way to practice taper is to draw your flies. Sketch your fly, if you can draw it, you can tie it. Understand the bulk, length, and taper of each wing material and how they lay on one another. The easiest rule to remember is the rule of half’s, where the fore wing lies halfway down the length of the rear wing. This almost always results in a 60/40 fusiform taper.

 

Sketched out. Clearly there is vision to get it so spot on.

 

Your YouTube channel seems to be bringing back full length instructional tutorials and with your knowledge and thought process, I’m glad to see it. What made you make a decision to go longer when you started recording these?

Honestly, I do the long videos because those are the ones that I enjoy watching the most and the ones I’ve learned the most from. I don’t want my channel to be entertaining; I want it to be educational. I don’t want to simply share another take on a sculpin or baitfish pattern, but I want the concepts from those ideas to penetrate other areas of your tying. I tie flies because it adds another dimension to the sport. It is one more thing I can control, and it makes it that much more intense and rewarding when I succeed. I want others to be able to experience that! Not just catching fish on a fly you tied, but on one you designed.

 

I have learned a lot from the fast paced videos. As a visual learner, they helped reveal things to me I had never known or considered, but at the same time I remember feeling lost. I was able to imitate, but not innovate. I often didn’t understand why, or even how to achieve something. One of the reasons I try to explain everything I do, is because I first needed to explain it to myself. For those 1000 + streamers sitting in my garage, and for the thousands more that have come after them, I never stopped asking myself “why?” Why am I using this material, these hooks, and this technique? What purpose does it serve, why does it behave that way, and what governs that behavior? I don’t want to simply tie flies, I want to design them.

The coolest thing we can do as a community is inspire one another. I don’t want people to tie my patterns verbatim. It is seeing how people have adapted the patterns for their needs and the ideas that those patterns inspired that inspire me, and often times result in new pattern and an a new perspective.

To me, two things are evident in your YouTube videos. Talking streamer gospel, and always reaching for some coffee. It’s a cold day outside and you are on the vise- what are you reaching for?

French pressed coffee – black, from a freshly ground dark roast. Or….100% Black Tea overbrewed without sweetener…your pick.

 

Let’s talk streamer hooks- To me you have the big 3. Gamakatsu, Partridge, and Ahrex. What is your go to hook? Do you use all three? How do you determine hook brand/style and sizing for your flies?

I love both Ahrex and Partridge, though I have been leaning more and more towards Ahrex especially with the release of the Light Predator Stinger series, which is my favorite for single hook Pike flies. I think hooks are all about balance. The thing that I consider most important is the shank length/gap ratios. For me, the Ahrex Predator Stingers have that ratio on lock down, and are comparable to Partridge Attitude Streamer series. Those two hooks have been my favorite for trout streamers, and are what I have tied the most on in the past year.

When we talked about proportions I mentioned the importance of sketching flies. Nine times out of ten, I will simply find the hook that matches up with my drawing….haha. Again, it’s about balance. What purpose does the hook serve – weight, momentum, keel, proportionality. I need a shank long enough to build a silhouette with a given material set, and that changes per those materials. Often I rely solely on hook weight, wire size, and gap for keeling, and the mass for the momentum to effectively animate jerk style streamers. I am a big fan of thick wire front hooks, big gaps, and a shank length between a Daiichi 2461 and a B10s. For whatever reasons the Predator Stinger and Attitude Streamer hooks just fit my style.

 

When I hear Gunnar Brammer- I think of 3 flies- maybe not the flies some people think of- but I think of Sculp Daddy, Hollow Point, and Truttas Demise. What was the thought process of foundation for these 3 flies.

I only had bucktail, marabou, and polar chenille to work with….. haha, just kidding, but not really.

 

The Sculp Daddy…… My father came out West to visit me at Kelly’s shop and I was determined to show him some of the best fishing the Madison has to offer. We set out from Reynolds pass heading up river right towards Kelly’s shop – which is roughly a two mile stretch of river. About halfway, we walked down to the bank, feeling confident we had out walked most of our fellow anglers. As we approached the bank, there was a snake choking down a 6.5” sculpin, and struggling to do so. That sculpin was huge! I had never realized they grew that big, and more importantly, to that volume. The silhouette and size of the head is an image I can’t seem to forget. There are a lot of patterns that may imitate the length of a sculpin, but very few that imitate the volume of one. I set out from there to design a fly whose head truly was 1/3rd of the body, and with the appropriate silhouette to boot. I think the head design is likely what stands out the most. It was inspired by Galloup’s Dungeon and Boogie Man. I knew I wanted a massive deer hair collar, but also knew I was under equipped to consistently produce a Dungeon’s deer hair head. So I opted for the hair collar and dubbed head as a way to cheat the system. I ended up with the bulk/water push/and viscosity I needed and the rest is history.

 

One of the inspirations for all three of these designs is Kelly’s Pearl Necklace. The Necklace was the first fly I had ever seen whose back hook was solely a tail. The original Pearl Necklace simply had 1 stack of marabou and 2x plumes palmered as wings. It was the first time I saw the back of a fly as a tail, instead of a “fly”. I think a lot of people see a back fly, and a front fly. When you see flies this way, variations become very difficult and limited, but you can simplify further. All Streamers (most) have a tail, body, wing, and a head…… that’s it. Tail, Body, Wing -> Articulation Joint -> Tail, Body, Wing, Head. Before you could change 2 things – back fly, front fly – now you can change 7. It allowed me to be more creative, and create variations further away from the original fly. When I designed the Sculp Daddy series, the Tripple Sculp Daddy came first. I broke the triple into three parts, each part on its own hook/shank. The rear hook was solely a tail, the middle shank was the body, and the front hook….the entire front hook…. was the head. It paved the way for the proportions, bulk, and silhouette that and I have maintained for that design to this day.

Both the Hollow Point and Trutta’s Demise are variants from an old design of mine called the Craft Fur Jig n’ Jerk, which was a three step variant from Galloup’s Pearl Necklace. The Hollow Point ended up as the weightless version, while Trutta’s Demise was my attempt at increasing the movement of the forewing while being able to have a slightly “head weighted” fly with eyes. If you break the flies down they are identical except for the heads.

 

Dubbing Brushes- everyone is doing them, you are probably doing them in the most interesting and thought out manner- you seem to really be able to think about the full construction- from core to winging material, that no one has really done- outside of the man EP. What device are you using and what are some tips you can give to the readers to develop better brushes for their flies?

My brushes are certainly not something I deserve any credit for. My main inspiration for the brushes was actually Larry Dahlberg, in combination with Enrico Puglisi. I simply borrowed the materials and size of the brushes from Larry and combined them with the EP core/wing proportions.

I currently use the Stonfo Dubbing Brush Device and Stonfo Turbo Spinner paired with a Griffin A2 pedestal base vice. Brushes are all about the consistency of material distribution and material density. What I love about brushes is they bring synthetics to life. Natural materials are simply more lifelike. It is their natural taper that gives them this movement. I’m not a physicist or anything, but I always imagine the reduction of surface area allows the water particles to accelerate up the taper giving the tips of the natural fibers a little whiplash. When you make a dubbing brush in the EP fashion, dense core material paired with an elongated tapered wing material, you essentially imitate this taper but on a larger scale. The core containing twice the fiber density of the wing helping to push water and as the trapped water leaves the core it is able to accelerate up to the wing fibers.

 

 

Are you working on any new concepts for 2017?

My goal for 2017 is to change topics from tying to fishing. I really want to showcase the raw aggression and adrenaline rush that comes from streamer fishing, and how to handle and dissect specific situation. I am slowly but surely getting more adept at videography and editing, and want to take the discussion from the theory at the vice to the application on the water.

 

I believe in being a fisherman first and a fly fisherman second. Don’t think about “fly fishing” for smallmouth. Think about fishing for smallmouth, and how you can adapt fly fishing to meet that scenario. I think people get too overwhelmed with fly fishing and forget how to do the simple things like read water, and adapt your retrieve to match your environment. I have put myself out there as a fly tier, and I am, but I am equally adapted as a fisherman and pride myself as such. When I read books and try to find information on specific species or fisheries I rarely find it useful. Topics become broad and ambiguous, often times telling you more about the history than how to apply anything to your local waters. I hope to film a few shows this upcoming season highlighting specific scenarios, breaking down water, and targeting specific fish during specific seasons and sharing it anyone who wants to see it.

Creativity like this can’t wait…

How have you achieved the balance between fulfilling orders and developing new patterns?

I always put new ideas first. If I have an idea, there’s a 90% chance I’ll tie it within the hour, and 100% chance it’ll be tied by the days end. Ideas are what excite me; they motivate me, and are essentially why I started tying in the first place. My customers might not love to hear that, haha, but new ideas are what keep me going and provide the platform to continue sharing ideas and building a community.

 

What are your favorite-

Bobbins- Currently the Mag Right Bobbin, but I’m looking forward to the release of the Karanzas FlyCo. Predator Bobbin

 


Thread
– 100 Denier Veevus GSP
Vise
– I currently tie on a Peak Rotary Vice, but have my heart set on a Renzetti or Montana Mongoose in the future.
UV Resin
– Deer Creek UV Diamond Fine
Streamer Eyes
– Flymen Fishing Co Living Eyes, and Deer Creek Gator Eyez
Eye Glue
– Tear Mender for wool/dubbing/craft fur, Loctite Gel for Flymen Products and Deer Hair
Favorite New Material
– Brammer’s Custom Flies – 7” Synthetic Dubbing Brushes 😉

Are you planning to attend any future tying shows?

I will be attending the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo in the Twin Cities on March 17-19th. I enjoy shows and always love meeting new people and talking fishing, but as a novice it can be a bit overwhelming. One day I hope to be able to attend a handful of shows each expo season, but until then I plan to keep it local.

 

Are you a member of any fly fishing/fly tying pro staffs? Anyone you want to shout out?

I’m honored to be a FlymenFishingCo. Ambassador, Deer Creek Pro Team Member, Hedron Flashabou Tying Team Member, Karanzas Pro Team Member, and a Friend of Ahrex Hooks.

 

In your Instagram profile, before any other distinguishing phrase or writing, it says “Saved by Grace”- Would you like to share any testimony?

I’m not exactly sure how to articulate my testimony, but the short story is that I’m an imperfect person with a sinful heart saved solely by the grace of God. Last spring my wife and I made the decision to be baptized, and since that moment I have not stopped pursing Him. He died for me, and he died for everyone readying this, that we might be forgiven. I believe Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light. And I believe that he loves you! I believe in loving God with everything I have, and loving all people. I put “Saved by Grace” first because I want to be held accountable to that. I want to be accountable to treating people with love and respect. I want that to be first, before my name, before my business, before my flies and pictures. I want Jesus to be first in everything I do, and that through any success I might find he would receive the glory.

 

 

Thank you to Gunnar for dropping some serious knowledge and allowing me to share his gorgeous flies and photography. I wish him nothing but the best in 2017 and beyond, and I’m sure he’ll do quite well going forward. As a thank you, there will be a giveaway so stay tuned to the In Pursuit of Trout Facebook page for more information. Below you can find links to Gunnar’s website, Youtube page, and Instagram page, along with an example of his videos plus a very well written Flymen Fishing Blog.

Thank you all for tuning in- enjoy!

Want some flies tied by Gunnar? Sure you do- Brammer’s Custom Flies
Gunnar Brammer: YOUTUBE
Want to see his newest flies?  INSTAGRAM
Gunnar’s featured blog post on Flymen Fishing Co: The Power of Suggestion

Lastly- Brand new tonight- Gunnar goes more in depth on hooks

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