Fred Klein

Fred Klein‘s primary focus on the art and history of fly tying.   He ties framed fly plates for display as well as flies for the waters, from oil paintings in classic books by Charles F. Orvis, Mary Orvis Marbury, Carrie Stevens, Herb Welch, and Ray Bergman as well as many patterns that he has developed in the old tradition. With his website on fly tying history, grizzlykingfly.com, as well as an active presence on social media, he hopes to carry on the tradition of fly tying and fishing with wet flies, streamers and dry flies from this golden era of fly fishing.

Author Articles

A Fly Fishing Chronicle: The Coch-Y-Bonddu

On the Waters Late summer mornings are a magical time along the woodland trout stream that flows behind our Pennsylvania home. A short walk brings greetings of misty ferns, painted lady butterflies and a wood thrush singing with joy as the days of summer grow shorter. Evening showers and cool nights offer a welcome relief from the sweltering heat, and the...

The Tomah Jo: Favorite Fly of a Maine Indian Guide

Tomah Joseph, an Algonquin Indian from the Grand Lake Stream area in Maine was a fly fishing and hunting guide in the 1800s as well as an elder of the Passamaquoddy indian tribe. He was written of in Charles Stevens's book Fly Fishing in Maine Lakes- Camp Life in the Wilderness (1881). Stevens wrote that Tomah would accompany him on fishing trips and noted...

The Beauty of Classic Wet Flies

My journey in pursuit of trout with the fly began over 40 years ago with a new fly rod and instructions to cast and drift a fly. What a gift that was. The woods and waters of Pennsylvania, the Appalachian Mountains and beyond have brought a life of admiration for the wilderness, forests, wildlife, and a thirst for “what lies beyond the next bend in the...