Tim Flagler, deserving award-winner. Today, Fly Tyer magazine announced that its most prestigious annual award–Fly Tyer of the Year–would go t
Over the past few of years, when communicating with this magazine’s readers and contributing authors, one name kept popping up in conversations: Tim Flagler. Everyone admires his work. Tim has taken the fly-tying and fishing world by storm, and he seems to be everywhere: demonstrating fly tying at shows across the United States, teaching fly-tying classes, giving educational fly-fishing presentations, and leading groups of anglers to some of the very best fishing around the world.
Tim has been a huge part of the Orvis Fly Fishing blog since we posted one of his earliest tying videos–Let the Fur Fly–way back on January 5, 2011. Back when many tying videos were blurry, poorly lit, and shot in 240p resolution, Tim’s tying lessons were crystal clear, in high definition. He has continued to set the standard for video quality ever since.
We didn’t know Tim at the time, but over the past 11+ years, he’s become a partner, collaborator, and friend. We’ve posted hundreds of Tightline Productions videos, Tim has been a podcast guests many times, and his monthly Facebook Live tie-offs with Tom Rosenbauer draw big audiences. We post a new tying video by Tim every Wednesday, and the Tightline Productions YouTube channel now has 105,000 subscribers.
Over the past dozen years, Tim and his wife Joan–the woman behind the curtain–have done so much to teach the fly-fishing community about fly tying, fly fishing, and conservation that this award feels like a no-brainer.
So congratulations to Tim (and Joan), and we look forward to many more years of killer tying videos, fun competitions, and great conversations!