Tradd began tying flies in 2013 at the age of eleven when he received a fly tying starter kit as a gift. He is self-taught and learned by studying fly tying books and watching fly tying videos. He can tie any traditional pattern and has also created numerous patterns of his own. Tradd ties everything from fully dressed salmon flies and large streamers down to tiny trout flies on hook sizes in the 20s. Although he enjoys every category of fly tying, he especially enjoys dressing salmon flies and also tying nymph patterns for trout. Tradd loves all things related to bugs, feathers, fur, and fishing.
In addition to being on the Partridge PRO-Team, Tradd is on the Pro Teams for Dr. Slick Instruments for Anglers and Flymen Fishing Company. He has been a featured fly tyer or demonstrator at over two dozen fly fishing shows and retail stores including the International Fly Tying Symposium, the Fly Fishing Show, the Sowbug Roundup, the IFFF Southern and Southeastern Council Fly Fishing Fairs, the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival, the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Expo, Fly Tyers Weekend, Little River Outfitters, Cabelas, and Orvis. He has also taught entomology and fly tying lessons at a local Children’s Museum and elementary school.
You can see pictures of a sampling of Tradd’s flies, pattern recipes, and video tutorials at www.traddsflies.com