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With a passion for crafting intricately designed flies and a deep appreciation for the artistry and science behind fly fishing, Kim Mäki has become a respected figure in the fly fishing community. In this interview, we delve into Kim’s journey into the world of fly tying, exploring the motivations, inspirations, and creative processes that drive this captivating pursuit. Join us as we uncover the secrets behind some of Kim’s favorite fly patterns, the philosophy that shapes their designs, and his love for the majestic brown trout.

Full name:  Kim Patrik Mäki 
Born:  1987
Home country:  Sweden
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You’re a well-established fly tyer with a great following in Scandinavia. How did you initially get into fly tying?

An addiction to fooling Mother Nature with stuff you made by yourself is quite a good feeling, isn’t it? So when I received my first fly rod from my father when I was about 10 years old, it didn’t take long before I got myself a starter fly tying kit… The rest is history.

What is it about fly tying that you like so much?

I think the fly itself is not only for the fish; it’s also for the fisherman. You have more confidence in the fly if it appeals to the fisherman too. It’s also a way to be creative and make your imitation as good as possible. And as I said, it’s a pretty good feeling to catch- or see someone else catch fish on your flies.

What kind of flies do you most enjoy tying and why?

Deer hair flies, and of course, balsa pupas. But preferences come and go; a couple of years ago, I was all into vinyl. Vinyl makes stunning bodies for mayflies and caddis pupas. But they are kind of fragile… I must figure out some way to make them more teeth-resistant. Haha.

What are the most important/determining factors when you design a new fly pattern?

I would say the profile from the fish’s point of view. Isonychia nymphs and deer hair sculpin (cottus gobio) are great examples. Of course, the choice of materials is important when it comes to big streamers and similar flies. But I would say that the silhouette/profile from the fish’s point of view is most important for me.

What’s your favorite fish species to catch and why?

Brown trout; just look at them. They are the most beautiful fish in the world. I grew up and still live by a river with pretty decent-sized brownies. They can be picky feeders on small caddis and mayflies, but they can also be brutal predators by night and chase sculpins like there’s no tomorrow. They can live in saltwater and look like silver chrome arrows, and they can live in freshwater and look like golden bars. What’s not to love? Haha.

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