Martin Bawden is the founder, CEO, and head product designer of Flymen Fishing Co.
Recently the "In The Seam" JP Ross Fly Rods Podcast invited Martin to be a guest on their show to tell his story, including living in four different countries and an inside look at how he came to create Flymen Fishing Co.
Through their conversation on the role of innovation in fly fishing you'll learn the backstories of several innovative Flymen products that have revolutionized fly design, such as the original Nymph-Head Bead, Fish-Skull Baitfish Head, the Fly Tester, the Articulated Fish-Spine, and the new Flymen Fly Tying Kits.
Martin Bawden, Flymen Fishing Co. CEO
Tie realistic, anatomically correct crayfish patterns with ease using the NEW Fish-Skull Crawdaddy Fly Tying Kit. The included Fish-Skull Crawbody exoskeletons are made of nearly indestructible, ultra-light synthetic suede that cannot be bitten off, will not shrink, and provide lifelike texture and movement when wet.
Designed to be quick and easy to whip up in your fly tying vise, the Glass Minnow Guide Fly is a lightweight, nearly weightless, imitation perfect for those fishing situations in which you need to suspend your fly in the water column to draw in the predatory fish you’re targeting.
This Fly Tying Kit contains everything you need to tie 6 Glass Minnow flies, including step-by-step tying instructions, to make it easy for you to get your hands on the various needed fly tying materials all in one place.
This versatile fly has proven itself on rivers worldwide as a fish magnet. Designed to be fished on the river bottom, the Skulpin Bunny can be dead-drifted or slowly stripped to imitate a sculpin and swims in the hook-up position to avoid snagging.
The Skulpin Bunny swims hook up to avoid snagging on the bottom, shown here swimming in the NEW Fly Tester.
The Skulpin Bunny Fly Tying Kit contains everything you need to tie 6 Skulpin Bunny flies, including step-by-step tying instructions, to make it easy for you to get your hands on the various needed fly tying materials all in one place.
If you're a fly tyer, you've almost certainly experienced the incredibly frustrating feeling of carefully tying the perfect fly for your next time on the water only to find out on your first cast that your fly doesn't swim well at all.
That's exactly what led to the idea for the Fly Tester.
I spent an entire weekend tying up two dozen of the most beautiful looking streamer flies you can imagine, but when I went fishing the next day first fly I threw in the water swam upside down!
I'd essentially wasted my entire weekend tying flies that simply didn’t work very well and obviously led to a less-than-ideal day on the water.
If you think about it, we as fly anglers are real optimists; we spend an incredible amount of time designing and tying a bunch of flies, then go straight to the river, throw them in, and hope they work!
I realized that we fly tyers didn’t have any method at the time to determine if the flies we design and tie are any good and in a lightbulb moment I came up with the idea for the first Fly Tester.
In this episode, Henry Cowen returns to update us on striper fishing on Lake Lanier and to tell us about his NEW book on freshwater striper fly fishing. In the second half of the interview, Dave Whitlock joins us. Dave wrote the foreward to Henry’s book and provided several illustrations.
We have limited SIGNED COPIES of Henry's book that you can order here.
Nick Groves' Polarceiver combines two of my favorite materials, Peacock Herl and Polar Chenille, into an easy-to-tie articulated streamer.
Utilizing a Fish-Skull Fish-Spine for increased swim action and a Fish-Skull Baitfish Head to help the fly get deep and add a realistic head profile, the Polarceiver has quickly made its way to the top of my list for smallmouth bass fishing!
In this episode of The Articulate Fly Podcast with Marvin Cash, Henry Cowen shares his experiences growing up and fishing in New York City, his striper learning curve when he moved to the South and how the gear guys have influenced his fly angling.
Henry is best known for helping to popularize chasing freshwater stripers on the fly and is releasing a new book, Fly Fishing for Freshwater Striped Bass: A Complete Guide To Tackle, Tactics, and Finding Fish.
Available through Flymen, if you pre-order one of the first 250 copies of Henry's new book you will receive a SIGNED COPY from the author! This highly anticipated book has an expected release date to you of October 15!
Not only that, 10 of these pre-orders will win a fly personally tied by Henry Cowen with a personally signed card!
Learn more about Henry's new book and reserve your copy.