"Charlie Craven has set the standard for innovation in fly tying . . . that very few tiers can match." -- Tim Heng
"Charlie Craven is a master fly tier and more importantly, a natural-born teacher. . . . Whether you are just getting started, or a longtime tier who wants to learn new tricks, Charlie can help." -- Ross Purnell, editor, Fly Fisherman magazine
Charlie Craven has been a commercial fly tier for more than thirty years, tying flies for almost every species of gamefish, freshwater and saltwater, though he specializes in trout flies for the Rockies. He is a signature tier for Umpqua Feather Merchants, which produces fifteen of his patterns. His first book is Basic Fly Tying. He was the photographer and fly tier for Barr Flies, and photographer, author, and tier for the Fly Fisherman Foundation Forty, as well as the tier for the FlyBench iPhone app. Craven is co-owner of Charlie's Fly Box in Olde Town Arvada, Colorado, which was the winner of the 2009 Fly Fishing Retailer of the Year Award.