Introductory Fly Box Package:
These smart, beautiful flies are designed, tested, and tied by hand in Colorado. David McElwain offers his knowledge and expertise with each of these flies, which can be used anywhere in the Rocky Mountain region. The “McHopper” is David’s original grasshopper pattern which is a fabulous fly with amazing attention to detail. This introductory package is perfect for a beginner or someone who wants to add some fantastic flies to their collection. Flies are delivered in an Umpqua fly box. Available while supplies last.
36 Flies Included (3 of each pattern, various sizes):
- Wooly buggers
- Red/Black ants
- Pale Morning Dun (PMD)
- Blue Winged Olive (BWO)
- Copper Nymph
- Hare’s Ear Nymph
- Pheasant Tail Nymph
- Stonefly Nymph
We are thrilled to introduce David McElwain as our first SaraBella fly tier. It’s an honor to bring his talents to you!
The flies in this collection are hand-tied especially for SaraBella Fishing by Colorado resident, David McElwain. David has been fly fishing for over 40 years. As a youngster, he was taught the ways of fishing and nature by his grandfather and Dad on the shore at Bennett Springs, Missouri. He started with a cane pole and a wooly worm in the Ozark Hills. In his early 20’s, he started tying flies while working at a friend’s fly shop at Bennett Springs State Park. In 1999, David joined Bass Pro Shops as a member of the fly fishing team – as a tying and casting instructor. He later transferred to Denver to lead the efforts to open the store’s fly fishing department.
David is a certified Adaptive Fly Fishing Practitioner and enjoys teaching people to fly fish through various organizations including, Adaptive Fly Fishing, Wish of a Lifetime, and the Wounded Warriors. He is also a member of Trout Unlimited, the International Federation of Fly Fishers, and The Fly Dressers Guild.
David’s first book, Our Grandfathers’ Flies, a historical retrospective to fly tiers reaching the shores of a new world; which is fabulous tribute to flies tied with furs, feathers, and hairs. In the past year, David has been battling breast cancer. He is determined to beat this disease, and with support of his wife, Lauren, he is able to keep his hands and mind connected to the sport of fly fishing.
When asked why he supports the vision of SaraBella Fishing, David replied, “I applaud the efforts and tenacity to start any new business in this country, especially a fly rod company. I believe and salute your wisdom and mission to empower women to be part of what I believe to be the ultimate sport.”