Andre Puyans, 1935 – 2005

Renowned fly tier, instructor, California fly shop owner and conservationist Andre Puyans passed away on Tuesday night. A detailed description of Andre’s considerable accomplishments and adventures can be found on his Web site at As the site notes, “Andy started fly tying at age seven, and got his first professional fly tying order at age nine. By age twelve he was able to cast a fly and hit a Lucky Strike package at thirty five feet. He spent long hours at the New York Anglers Roost and learned his art from the Darbees, the Dettes, Art Flick, and Ray Bergman.”

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