Jeff “Bear” Andrews

The internationally known Fly Tyer, Co-Owner of guide
service as well as pro-staff member for USCarp Pro, Jeff “Bear” Andrews will present Fly Fishing for Musky at the October 19th meeting of the St. Joseph Fly Fishers. .

The meeting is held at 6:30pm on the 6th Floor of the Ramada Inn, in the downtown Chase Building at 211 West Washington Street, South Bend. The public is welcome. Dinner, optional, is served at 7:00pm and is $13.00.

Andrews has been tying flies for over 48 years. In 1998 he was the recipient
of the “Buz” Buszek Memorial Fly Tying Award, the highest honor bestowed
upon a fly tyer by the Federation of Fly Fishers. At the time he was the
youngest to have ever received the award and only the third from the

From 1977 until 1984 he ran Bear’s Fly Shop in Grand Ledge, Michigan. He
has tied flies commercially for 34 years, producing as many as 2000 dozen
flies a year.

Andrews travels throughout the United States and Europe sharing his
tying skills through demonstrations and classes. He has taught 1000’s of
people to tie flies. Andrews created the “Tyathon” for the Federation Of Fly
Fishers, and for ten years held a 24 hour tying marathon to raise money the
FFF’s conservation projects, raising over $140,000.00

Andrews’s flies are sought after by both collectors as well as fly fishers. His
flies have appeared in numerous books, and magazines as well as limited
edition artwork. Andrews has set 3 IGFA World Records for Brook trout
during his 27 years of fishing Labrador. He is currently the Fly Fishing Editor
for “Michigan Out-Of Doors” magazine and has been for over 20 years.

In 1999 he released his first in a series of fly tying instructional videos,

currently available in DVD format are “Best Of The Bear Steelhead” “Best Of
The Bear Steelhead II “ and “Best Of The Bear Tying Traditions”.

Since 2000, Andrews’s flies have been available in fly shops through the
Umpqua Feather Merchants Fly Tyers Royalty Program. Currently Andrews
works as a Fly Fishing guide for Fuller’s North Branch Outing Club in Lovells,
Michigan guiding for trout, salmon, steelhead, and carp on the fly.

Annually he hosts trips to Labrador and Ontario in pursuit of his favorite
trophy Brook Trout, as well as Alaska.

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