Scott "Scotty" Howell Biography
Scotty's own words about himself:
I started fishing at the age of
four under the watchful eyes of my Grandpa and Dad. My
'playground' was the Poudre river in Northern Colorado which
yielded my first tussles with native Brown and Rainbow Trout and
an instant love for river fishing and the outdoors.
Since moving to Washington
State over twenty years ago, I've had the great fortune of
living in a sportsman's paradise. I can immerse myself in
year-round angling for just about any species of fish, hike the
trails of Mt. Baker, and bow hunt for Elk and Deer in the
Autumn...all while enjoying some of the most breath taking
country God ever created.
Of course, even the most active
outdoorsmen have "down time". I used to spend most of mine
cleaning rods and reels, embellishing a story about "the big one
that got away", or "organizing" my tackle box. These days I tie
flies or immerse myself in any number of books and websites
devoted to the subject. Marrying fur and feathers to a hook has
become a real passion for me...so much in fact, that I'm
spending more time at my fly tying desk than in my waders!
I'm a "rookie" when it comes to
fly-tying. I got a Thompson A-vise about three years ago with
the intention of using it as a "third hand" to repair some salt
water gear and to make a Steelhead jig or two. It was a visit
from a fishing buddy (Nate Bour, a great fisherman and
snowboarder) that planted the fly-tying seed. Between his
patient instruction and me breaking my working thread a dozen
times, I managed to tie what appeared to be a Montana Stone
I've learned much since Nate's
visit...and I'm actually turning out a fair fly once in awhile.
I wore out the cam on that old A-vise, and the modest collection
of tools and hackle (which fit in a tackle box) has "morphed"
into a NorVise Fly Tying System and an entire second bedroom
dedicated to dressing flies. Even that second room is getting
crowded...much to the delight of several local fly fishing shops
and the raised eyebrows of my beautiful wife, Patty.
I'm always willing to exchange
ideas, techniques, philosophies, and patterns. If I've gained
anything from this wonderful hobby, it's that people, like
yourself, are the best teachers, friends, and sources of
I am your humble student and
fly tying enthusiast.
Fly Tyer, Scott (Scotty)
passed away January 26, 2008, after a courageous battle with
cancer. He was living in Bothell, Washington, USA.