|When Adipos Flytying began over 25 years ago, we chose to specialize in
salmon and steelhead patterns because very often in our travels we had too
often come across places where high quality flies were hard to come by,
especially during the peak seasons. Making sure that fishermen were well
prepared for their next fishing tour was a must!
We actually began selling flies, first locally (since 1988), then on the
Internet close to fifteen years ago. We are proud to have many regular and
Our sister site ,The Canadian Tube Fly Company, was introduced as a
separate site because of a great void we noticed in the industry. Though
tube flies had been used for years in Europe, they were still (and in some
ways continue to be) a rather new concept to fly tiers in North America.
We worked hard (and continue to) at taking the traditional style of tube
flies and redevelop both standard patterns, as well as created brand new
flies that are specifically made for steelhead and salmon along the west
coast of North America. We offered these flies for sale, tying each order as
they came in and offering all of the over 135 patterns on several different
types of tubes.
In 2009, we began to go into a new direction. Fly sales were going
fantastically well. In fact we had a tough time filling orders with the
local tyers we employed. At the same time, we had a growing demand to
offer tube tying materials that we used in our own fly production. For 4
years we balanced a company that sold custom tied tube flies as well as an
ever growing range of both tube fly tying products and traditional (fur
and feather) items. Soon sales for supplies were much greater than sales
for custom tubes.
We had a decision to make as a company. Either we had to stop offering
custom tied flies to fishermen or "shop out" our tying from local, well paid
commercial tiers, to overseas shops that used questionable labour practices
and treatment of tyers and often created flies of poor quality. We chose to
focus all of our efforts into supplying tiers with the materials they need to
produce their own tubes and to work. We also chose to concentrate our
time on creating material (videos and articles) to help new and experienced
tube tiers with their own projects. We have also left up all of our original
pictures of the over 175 patterns we used to sell.
We encourage you to take a closer look at our site. Whether you are a
beginner, an avid fly fisherman, and especially if you are a fly tyer, there is
something for everyone on this site!