Ashley Artis is very well
known to the Australian flyflicker. I first met Ash way back in my
very early 20s, somewhat of a lifelong friendship, one could say. Ash
is without question a perfectionist, be it
making up a Thomas & Thomas rod, for which he is the distributor here in
Australia, tying flies, or even cooking a meal. He sets a standard
that is difficult to equal.
For those who follow this site, over time you will see some exquisite work of Ashley’s, particularly those of his series of flies that represent the large Grey Dun that is found throughout the Highlands of Tasmania. You can check out his website to see more of his work. ~Mick Hall
Ashley Artis was born in Launceston, Tasmania. His family relocated to Victoria where he lived until 1985, before returning to reside permanently in Tasmania. He has fly fished for some 42 years in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania. Ashley has also fished the South Island in New Zealand along with many trips to America, fishing in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Yellowstone National Park.
Ashley’s fly tying
experience spans 41 years of his 42 years in fly fishing. Over the
years he has conducted fly tying schools, casting clinics and fly fishing
seminars, and is very much involved in all facets of fly fishing. His
great passion is to have a “good fly tying session” whenever possible, but
they are never frequent enough. Ashley currently is the proprietor of
“The Tasmanian Flyfisher”, a company specializing in the importing and
Australian wholesale distribution of fly fishing gear and materials.
Ashley is also a committed bush walker and enjoys back packing and fly fishing in Tasmania’s remote lakes. He is the current independent angler representative on the “Tasmanian World Heritage Area Consultative Committee”, an immediate past member of the Tasmanian “Inland Fisheries Advisory Council”, member of the “Devonport Fly Fishing Club” and a member of “The Fly Tiers Club of Tasmania”.