Rich Strolis started as a guide on the ever popular Farmington and Housatonic Rivers in Connecticut. He later transitioned his work to commercial tying, speaking engagements and teaching many facets of both fly fishing and fly tying across the Northeast and Eastern seaboard. His fly patterns although based out of the Northeast, have a strong following and relevancy across the globe and have been tied and fished by many as a result of his library of online videos. He is a signature fly designer for the Montana Fly Company, which currently produces twenty two of his patterns. His patterns have appeared in several national magazines and books, including Flyfisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing and many more. Rich is a very well rounded trout fisherman, but his passion lies in chasing trophy trout and various other apex predators on streamers. He lives in Simsbury, Connecticut, with his wife, Megan, and two daughters, Tessa and Nora.

His highly anticipated first book, Catching Shadows: Tying Flies For The Toughest Fish and Strategies for Fishing Them from Stackpole Books released January 1, 2016!  Rich plans on getting back out there guiding full time in the not so distant future.




Bird Fur Streamer Flyfisherman Magazine February 2008.

Classified Caddis Pupa Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine, March/April 2011.

Ice Pick Streamer Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine, Winter 2012.

Shimmy, Shimmy, Pow. Field & Stream November 2013.

The Shucked Up Emerger Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine, March/April 2014.

Realistic Baitfish.  Fly Fusion Magazine Fall 2016.


Strip Set, George Daniel. Headbanger Sculpin, Hog Snare Streamer, Ice Pick, Cellar Dwellar, Headcase Crayfish.

Fusion Fly Tying, Greg Senyo.  Bush Meat Streamer.

50 Best Places - Fly Fishing The Northeast, Bob Mallard. Cover Photo and Farmington River Chapter.

Caddisflies, Thomas Ames. Case Closed, Cased Caddis.



Chris Martin
My flies showed up this morning. I've been putting them into the beast and giving them a look over as I do it… GREAT work! Well tied, good hooks … read more

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