Q & A with River Hunter Flies Owner Stephen Prunier
I asked a Good friend of mine Stephen Prunier to do a Little Q&A for my Blog about his Business of Fly Tying and Fly Fishing
How did you get into Fishing?
Like a lot of others, my Dad introduced me to fishing at a young age.
When did you start Fly Fishing?
My first time fly fishing was 25 years ago. I spent ice-out weekend trolling for Salmon and Lake Trout on Moosehead Lake, in Greenville ME. I also started learning how to cast from shore. I loved it, but it was several more years until I became committed to Fly Fishing only. Like a lot of people I didn’t know you could fly fish for “All Species” so I continued using my spinning gear until 10 years ago when I gave it all to my brother.
What's a little Back ground on your self?
Let’s see. I have always been creative in everything I do. I have been, or still enjoy being, a Musician (guitarist) a Chef, Fine Art Photographer (still) Carpenter, and I worked with my late Father at his Consulting Business. I kind of march to the beat of my own drum, so mostly I have been self-employed. I currently operate River Hunter Flies, which is where, I sell my Flies, and offer Fly Fishing & Tying Lessons. I also have my Photography businesses. I have lived along the Coastline of Massachusetts North Shore for all of my life. I also spend time in Myrtle Beach SC, were I have family, and look forward to fishing that area too! For me, it’s always been about enjoying what I do .I found “What I Love To Do” when I started River Hunter Flies (www.riverhunterflies.com) just over two years ago. It’s not an easy way to make a living. But it makes me happy!
What and when did you tie your first fly?
The first fly I ever tied was a Hare’s Ear Nymph. About eight years ago I purchased a cheap (cheap) streamside tying vice kit. You know, the ones you see in the catalogs for twenty dollars! At the same time I bought two of the Fly-Rite kits for the HE and the Prince Nymph. Within 24 hours I had a new Griffin Vice. I now use a Renzetti Rotary Model. I haven’t stopped tying since!
What made you decide to start your fly Business?
Who inspired you to tie flies and start fly fishing if any?
To many to name, but a few would be Bud Guidry, Chris Del Plato, Dick Talleur, Al & Gretchen Beatty, Ray Bergman. Charlie Craven &, Pat Cohen are a couple young tiers that impress me. There are just to many for me to list.
What is your most memorable fish you have landed?
It wasn’t caught on a fly rod but twenty years ago I was fishing with an ultra light spinning setup with 4lb test. I landed a 20lb Carp! It smoked the reels drag and it was done after that fish.
If you could fish anywhere in the world where would it be?
Don’t really know. I don’t think that far ahead. To me any place to fish is usually good enough. I don’t like a lot of wind so that rules out a lot of places! Maybe chase Atlantic Salmon in Canada?
I know it sounds dumb but it’s whatever fish I’m targeting at that moment. If I had to chose just one I would have to say I love Smallies, Then Trout, & saltwater.
Please Take the Time to Check out Stephen and His Work at RiverHunterFlies.com
Thank you Stephen For taking the time to Answer my Questions