Fly Tying and Fly Fishing
My name is Braden Miller, I am 14 years old and I have been tying flies and fly fishing since I was eight. I basically taught myself to cast a fly rod, my grandmother gave me, in my backyard. Catching my first fish on my fly rod was a day I will never forget. My grandmother downsized some more and one day she dropped off one of her old vices and a bunch of material off at my house. I learned to tie flies by watching videos on Youtube and Instagram; I was eager to learn all that I could. Some of the tyers I watched were Blane Chocklett, Bob Popovics, Brian Wise, from Fly Fishing the Ozarks, Gunnar Brammer, Kelly Galloup, and Mike Shultz. I really learned a lot from watching these very talented tyers. My favorite flies to tie are large articulated streamers. I am able to tie the smaller type flies, but the smallest fly I prefer to tie is a micro game changer. I attend about seven or eight shows each year from New Jersey to Texas. I have my own booth at six shows where I tie and sell flies and the other two shows you can find me between the Temple Fork Outfitters booth or tying flies in the Norvise Booth.
Since venturing into this sport I have been lucky to travel across the country chasing after fish with my TFO fly rods and flies I tied myself. I am only able to do so thanks to the support of my parents. Most of the time my mom travels to shows and fishing events with me, but sometimes my dad and three brothers are able to come with us.
I enjoy volunteering my time at different Project Healing Water events. It is amazing watching our vets catch fish they never thought they would ever catch. Last year at my school, Hungary Creek Middle, I helped start Trout in the Classroom and a fishing club with the support of my principal, Mr. Robbie Moose and one of my science teachers, Mrs. Richardson. This program is designed to educate students about the different types of fishing, saltwater vs. freshwater, fly fishing vs. conventional fishing and most importantly water conservation. I am looking forward to starting the TIC and a fishing club at Glen Allen High School next year.