Alfred Chiwaya – Head Fly Tier
Since joining us in 2009, Alfred has quickly become a popular member of the FlyCastaway team. He is our Head Fly Tier and has allowed us to consistently offer clients undoubtedly some of the most cutting edge fly patterns available on the market. His attention to detail and the pride he takes in his work is a real credit to him. Rest assured…if Alfred has tied one of your flies…it’s guaranteed to entice a fish or two.
Where it all started
I was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe and have been tying flies for over 22 years now. I was trained by some of Zimbabwe’s most experienced fly tiers when in 1988 I began tying commercially with G&G Fishing Flies ….a decision which has since seen my work grow into an art form which I take great pride in. I began tying traditional wet and dry flies, later moving onto Salmon flies and tubes and more recently into the wonderfully vibrant world of saltwater flies. Since joining FlyCastaway in 2009 I have continued to develop my range and have really enjoyed being part of a team which develops many cutting edge freshwater and saltwater patterns.
Many, if not most commercial fly tiers never get the opportunity to understand or see the value of their work. Since joining FlyCastaway I have really enjoyed the constant attention to detail and the hands on attitude when it comes to improving or developing the flies we use. Seeing the impressive fish that are caught on flies that I have tied gives me an immense sense of satisfaction. Added to this, I enjoy nothing more than sharing the skills I have learnt over the past 22 years and I hope that I continue to increase my skill level and range for years to come!