Fly Fishing Photographers
While growing up in rural Nevada I learned to tie a few rudimentary flies from a fly tying kit at the age of 12. That kit sat essentially unused until my college years in Reno when the big, picky trout of the Truckee River hooked me deep in the psyche and the vice came out. With easy access to a fly shop and a beautiful trout river, I spent nearly 120 days on the water in my first year and a half of fly fishing and I have many grand memories of long weekends, skipped classes, and extended work lunches, that all took place on the river. Eventually, fly tying became as much of an obsession as fishing, and my collection of fur, feathers, and synthetics, teeters between an involved pastime and an obsessive-compulsive disorder.
As a young boy I would sit on the stream bank and watch my father fly fish, amazed and elated each time he plucked the object of pursuit from beneath the liquid mirror. And, like many, my introduction to fly tying came in a cardboard box labeled “Basic Fly Tying Kit” which Santa left under the Christmas tree one year. My life-long passion for the angling art was sealed at a very early age.
My name is Matt Lotridge. For 27 years I have lived in the beautiful northwestern state of Idaho. Boise is my hometown and the center of a fantastic valley with options for tailwater and freestone fly-fishing in every direction. My interest in the sport has only been brewing for close to two years now, but it has taken ahold of me like nothing else I've ever known. I'm sure many fly fishermen can relate to my passion for the art.