Mike Valla, author of The Founding Flies (978-0-8117-0833-3), Tying the Founding Flies (978-0-8117-1466-2), and Tying Catskill-Style Dry Flies (978-1-934753-01-9), is the Northeast Field Editor for Eastern Fly Fishing magazine and a recipient of the Poul Jorgensen Golden Hook Award. He has also published articles in Fly Fisherman, Fly Tyer, and American Fly Fisher. He lives in Ballston Spa, New York.
"With the expertise and attention to detail we have come to expect from him, Mike Valla brings us full circle with this beautifully crafted companion fly-tying guide to the acclaimed "The Founding Flies." The superb step-by-step fly-tying photography brings the flies to life and engenders even more insights into the creators of 21 iconic patterns."--John Shewey"Editor-in-Chief, "Northwest Fly Fishing/Southwest Fly Fishing/Eastern Fly Fishing" magazines" (10/01/2014)
"Valla's last book, "The Founding Flies," chronicled the development of the flies that brought countless freshwater and saltwater fish to hand. Those flies work as well today as they always have, and Valla's new book, "Tying the Founding Flies," explains how to make them, with clear instruction and vivid photography."--Morgan Lyle"About.com" (01/02/2015)
"Mike Valla...has spent the last year fishing the historic flies in his book. And he's proud to show pictures of the many large trout that ate them. "Tying the Founding Flies" will put you in touch with the angling ghosts that haunt our waters, but most importantly, it'll help you catch trout. And that goal is one of the few constants in our sport whether it's 1915 or 2015."--Paul Weamer""Fly Fisherman"" (04/01/2015)