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. She downsized some more and one day dropped off an old vice and a bunch of material off at my house. I learned to tie flies first, by the intro book that came with my vise kit and then I moved onto watching videos on Youtube and Instagram; I was and continue to be 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 normally each year from New Jersey to Texas; however I plan to add several West Coast Shows this year. I have my own booth at six shows where I tie and sell flies and the other 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 in my boxes I tied myself. I am only able to all of this 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. Two 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 my sixth grade science teacher, 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.