January 08, 2019 3 min read

I was born in 1974 in the Western part of Lithuania. In 2010 moved in to Scotland.

Running Edradynate Salmon Fishing’s River Tay, DH Spey Casting instructor, Salmon Guiding, Fly dressing…

I was 6 years old when I first time took the rod in hands. Like every little boy in Lithuania I started with pole fishing for roach and bream.

tomas kolesinskas spey casting

I started tying flies professionally even before I started fishing with a fly rod. I have been Fly Fishing professionally from 1998 when I finished my ecology and environmental science studies in Vilnius University, where I successfully defended my master’s degree in ecology: “Salmonids (Salmonidae) species in the family and the current state of playback capabilities of the Neris River Basin”.

After a decade decided to use my experience, existing skills and focus on fly dressing mainly. Dressing flies is not only about combining the colours. Fly dressing stimulates me to investigate and discover more fantastic new methods, techniques, and opportunities. I develop my skills of fly dressing by looking for inspiration in the nature so that I can respond with confidence to the question: “Why his method, this technique, this fly is the best”.

tomas kolesinskas casting

I have worked together with some great World companies like Patagonia, Columbia, Hardy & Greys, Partridge, Pure Fishing, LTS rod, Scott Mackenzie, Simms, Snowbee, Fly Fishing and Fly Tying magazine etc. for many years, so I have co-operated extensively with best professionals and I have got a unique insight into the marketing and sales industry. Some nice friendships from those years will last for many more years.

I am very proud to have shared our knowledge and skills in fly fishing and fly dressing with fishermen, for more than 25 years; from teaching the basics of fly fishing, fly casting, and techniques, to advance angling concepts and fly dressing. I dress the original custom flies, which have distinctive fly fishing traditions.

In order to achieve a high level of excellence in fly dressing, it’s not enough to carefully “dress” a hook in rainbow coloured materials. It requires a lot of patience, persistence, and as already mentioned, entomological and ichthyologic knowledge.

It is very important to focus on fly dressing techniques with which it is possible to catch fish under different conditions with an elegant and easy dressed fly.

 A right fly, in the right place, at right time, guarantees your success. Therefore, fly dressing has one rule – flies are designed to catch the fish, not the angler

 

My fly tying is based on several simple principles:

  • Quick and easy to dress.
  • To use only good quality materials.
  • Balance, proportion and appearance.
  • Natural.
  • Durable.

tomas kolesinskas springer

I am very proud of every fly that comes out of my vice.

Owner of CustomTiedFlies.com and SpeyArms.com.

I run the salmon and trout fishing on Edradynate Estate (Scotland). The salmon fishings cover a beat of just over 4 miles on the River Tay. The beat contains the legendary Church Pool, a long deep holding pool, perhaps the best on the Upper Tay

and long famed for producing monsters. I provide salmon guiding and Spey casting lessons on one of the finest salmon fishing rivers in Scotland, the Tay.

I don’t think there’s a magic pattern or a material that will catch more fish. I just don’t go changing flies every cast but stick with the fly I like for the moment.

Every fisherman has his own best pattern and the one that looks better is the one you're taking out of the fishes mouth.



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