The Story Behind a Local Fly-Tying Legend

5280, Denver’s mile high magazine profiles fly tyer extraordinaire Charlie Craven.

When he was seven, Charlie Craven lost all of his father’s fishing tackle during a single day of staggeringly wayward casts. The elder Craven punished young Charlie by buying him a fly-tying kit and telling him to replace the equipment. Thus began the career of “maybe the most versatile, productive tier ever,” according to Dave Student, a fly specialist at Umpqua Feather Merchants.


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