Very few Copic users realize that over the past ten years, Copic has become a well-known product amongst fisherman who’ve discovered the benefits of making their own quality flies and lures.
Exactly why are Copic Markers and the Airbrush System so acclaimed among fly-tying hobbyists? We asked one of our official fly-tying ambassadors, Jonathan Kiley of Fly Skinz, why he uses Copic. He explains, “the range of natural colors and diversity in the color palette is my top reason.” In the images below you can see how Copic provides the right blend of eye-catching colors, perfectly attractive to big fish seeking a snack.
The fact that Copic markers are refillable is another huge benefit. One bottle of the non-toxic, alcohol-based Various Ink can refill a Copic Sketch marker 12 times. Which, as Jonathan points out, is important for fisherman who care immensely about keeping their environment waste-free.
Another one of our fly-tying ambassadors, Fred Hannie, started getting serious with the hobby when there were only two marker companies. Copic became the obvious choice when he learned about the Copic Airbrush System. He found that the ability to quickly switch out the colors on the Copic Airbrush was far easier than his traditional airbrush system.
“My traditional airbrush was a hassle. I had to change the bottles out and clean the tips. It made sense for an assembly line, but for doing my style of one-of-a-kind fly lures, the Copic ABS was a no-brainer.”
In the world of lure and fly-tying, nothing compares to the simplicity of the Copic Airbrush System. The colors hold to a variety of surfaces and textures, and it’s particularly well-suited for painting small lures, cork poppers, minnow bodies, and adding extremely fine details to fly patterns. Additionally, unlike a typical airbrush, changing colors is easy.
Meet the Copic Fly Tying Ambassadors
If you’re a fly fisherman, there is a good chance you know of Jonathan. He travels to quite a few conventions each year, often demonstrating the use of Copic in fly-tying. His inspiration? “Mother nature inspires me to not only tie flies but to also create materials that imitate life.”
Not long after he started fly fishing at 8 years old, he began fly-tying. “I believe my passion to create flies began as soon as I caught my first fish on my own fly. It is a great feeling to know that you’ve just fooled a fish.”
Jonathan Kiley is demonstrating fly-tying with Copic throughout the United States, as well as online on YouTube. He is the owner of Flyskinz.com, founded in 2015. He has taken his background in aeronautics to innovate new materials for fly-tyers. His materials are distributed through Hairline Dubbin LLC. and many of his stencils work perfectly with the Copic Airbrush System.
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Like many youth in Southwest Louisiana, Fred started fishing as soon as he could walk. “Everybody here is connected to the outdoors from an early age.” He began fly fishing as a teenager, starting with popping bugs and sponge spiders. As he grew as a fisherman, he started fly-tying.
His biggest inspiration was the fly-tyer, David Martin, who was known for his very realistic bees, crickets, and damselflies. It was David who eventually became Fred’s mentor, helping him achieve mastery of the craft.
After years of practice, Fred has become an internationally renowned fly-tyer. His realistic flies have been featured in numerous magazines, including a recent cover of Fly Tyer magazine. He also authored his first book “Fly Tying with Monofilament ” in 2015.
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Learn more about the Airbrush System, here.