My 47 year old passion for flyfishing and fly tying has developed to a stage that can only be best described as authoritative with a professional flair. I do not tie commercially, I just tie flies for fishing and to appease my passion for trying to understand why trout take or reject the flies presented to them.
This, coupled with my interests in angling entomology and the photographing of many of our Australian insects, has created new dimensions in the understanding of our Mayfly life and other food forms and has lead to the development of many new approaches in the way I tie and fish my flies.
The bottom line is that I tie fishing flies with the emphasis on footprints and triggerpoints that are found in nature and can only be seen when these bugs are photographed in the wild.
For just on twenty years I have been a columnist and Fly Fishing Consultant to “Freshwater Fishing” magazine and “The Flyfisher” since its inception. Over the years I have written numerous articles that have been published in international publications such as “Flyfishers Journal”, London (The Flyfisher’s Club), The Art of Angling Journal, America, Fly Fishing and Fly Tying magazine in England as well as Sedge and Mayfly, Italy.
In recent times I have also been featured in Steve Thornton’s, “Fly Tyers of the World”, Volume 1, Malcolm Greenhalgh’s new book, Fishing Flies and Mike Valla’s new work, Tying Catskill Dry Flies USA.
International scene & awards
- On five occasions I have competed in the One Fly Event held at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA. During the 1996 event I was fortunate to be presented with the highly prestigious and much sought after Peter Crosby/Dick Carlsburg award for Sportsmanship. It was the first and only time this award has been given to a non-American citizen.
- By invitation I have attended the British Fly Fair International 4 times as well as the Spring Fly Fair
- In June 2007 I was invited as a guest to attend the 20th Anniversary of the SIM Festival (Scuola Italiana di Pesca a Mosca) at Castel di Sangro in the Abruzzo province of Italy. During the Gala Dinner, I was appointed Australian Ambassador of SIM.
- In September 2007 I joined a team of 21 of the world’s most respected fly tyers to judge the World Tuscany Open Fly Tying Competition. I was also awarded a honorary life membership of Mosca Club Altotevere
- November 2009, again by invitation, I attended the Fly Tying Symposium in New Jersey USA.
- Again, in November 2010, I was invited back to assist with the judging in the 2010 WTO
I am currently sponsored by a number of Australian and International fly fishing and fly tying companies:
Jarvis Walker: This association is long standing, close to twenty years. Part of what I do for Jarvis Walker is assisting with the development and marketing of their fly fishing products such as the Blackridge and the Rovex range of fly fishing equipment.
Tourism Tasmania: Again long term; I have been working with this department on and off for around fifteen years.
Whiting Farms: I am Australia’s only Pro Fly Tying Team member in what can only be described as the leading hackle manufacturers in the world. A formal agreement was completed late last year. See ProTeam page on their website, www.whitingfarms.com
Mustad of Norway; Supporting fly tying demonstrations and product promotion in Australia and internationally.
Enrico Puglisi: This is another new agreement. Enrico is regarded as one of the leaders in the development of saltwater flies and fly tying material. Together we have developed a new range of freshwater fly tying winging material. The story of how this exciting new product came about can be read on my website – www.kossiedun.com.au