Dennis Potter is just as passionate about the art of teaching fly tying as he is when it comes to fly tying itself. This Michigan angler has crafted a life around the art of fly tying and his life-long efforts to master traditional and innovative fly tying are really paying-off. In addition to his work as a fly tying teacher to students of the Michigan Fly Fishing Club, he holds the honor of having his work selected for inclusion in the Rainy’s fly company wholesale catalog in 2009. MLive picked up an interview with him as well.
Potter’s design work is only part of the story. He also has two DVDs out in the New Hooked On Fly Tying series: Fly Crafter Patterns and Techniques I and II. Both are available through Amazon.com and eBay. He is an outstanding fly tyer and, having seen one of his videos, I can say that his ability to really teach the art of fly tying is exceptional. His work is particularly valuable to the Michigan angler because his innovative ties were developed to fool our native fish.
“The first thing that struck me when I saw Dennis’ DVD is this guy is meticulous. He pays acute attention to details … He has come up with techniques that are so different and he is a good instructor, a very good teacher.” – Rainy Riding, Rainy’s Fly Company
When he is not tying at his home in Grand Rapids, he can be found at his property on the AuSable playing with the fish and dreaming up his next fly design.