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Passing of a Fly Tying Legend... Mike Martinek, Jr. (1947-2019)

Stoneham, MA

  • 1 December 2014
  • Author: Larry Nazzaro
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Passing of a Fly Tying Legend... Mike Martinek, Jr. (1947-2019)

Another extremely gifted fly tyer and legend of or sport passed away recently. Mike Martinek, Jr. a lifelong resident of Stoneham, MA, passed away on January 12, 2019, after a long illness. He was 72 years old. Many of you probably never heard of him but this guy was an awesome tyer! Being an avid fly tyer, especially one who loves tying feather wing streamers, this really is upsetting to me. I’ve followed Mike’s work for years. I never met Mike personally and hoped to run into him at a fly fishing expo one day but never-the-less.
 
In the 1960’s a young Mike Martinek began attending the newly formed United Fly Tyers meetings in his home state of Massachusetts. Enamored with streamer flies, a frequent subject at these meetings, he began tying the patterns of early streamer masters like Herb Welch, Bill Edson and Carrie Stevens. At one particular meeting, fly historian Austin Hogan took note and offered to take Mike under his wing, showing him the characteristic differences between particular styles of streamers like those of Mrs. Stevens. Since that time, Mike has become the torchbearer for the classic streamer fly. He has been featured in numerous books and magazines, has created a series of streamer tying videos, for decades has been a staple at fly tying and fishing shows worldwide, and has authored two self-published books of streamers. Mike is not only highly respected for his historical knowledge of classic streamer flies and design styles, but his mastery of materials and color blending makes him a true artisan of the long fly.

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