Steven Fernandez
Venice, CA

Steven Fernandez has been tying flies for over 46 years, and started tying professionally at the age of 13 for local shops. By the time he was sixteen he was demonstrating and teaching fly tying locally and then nationally. When he was 17, he was featured in the April 1977 edition of Field and Stream. While pursuing a degree in architecture in the 1980’s, he challenged the notion of artistic salmon flies by tying flies on straightened out hooks with atypical materials and techniques, raising a few eyebrows in the process. Judith Dunham included him in her book The Atlantic Salmon Fly, The Tyers and Their Art, published in 1991, which helped lead to international demonstrations, classes, and feature articles. Currently Steven enjoys tying fishing flies, classic trout flies, and artistic salmon flies and he is Fly Tying Director for the Southwest Council of the FFI. Steven is interested in carrying on the traditions of tying, as well as in challenging what the notion of fly tying can be, where he often looks outside fly tying and into the worlds of art, architecture and culture for inspiration. He especially enjoys teaching techniques and encouraging tiers to explore all that tying has to offer and to make their own contributions to the art. He is the recipient of the 2012 “Buz” Buszek Memorial Fly Tying Award. He is an architect and artist and lives and works in Los Angeles, California.