Mike Valla has been tying Catskill-style dry flies for over forty years. Valla has published articles in Fly Fisherman, The American Fly Fisher, The Conservationist and a variety of other lay magazines and professional journals. He lives in Stony Creek, New York, with his wife Valerie.
IT WAS THE SPRING of 1968, and I was in eighth-grade geology class. I cannot recall the lecture that hour, but I can with no difficulty whatsoever remember the article in a February 1967 back issue of Field & Stream that I retrieved from the school library earlier that day, which featured several tiers around the country and some of their favorite...