Marty’s introduction to the art of fly fishing occurred at age 14, while being guided on the Teton River in Idaho. With fly rod in hand, Marty had his first real taste of casting a fly. Standing in the front of a raft, fishing hoppers with a whole lot of willing Cutthroat, was all it took to spark a desire to learn how to fly fish.
By age 21, he was fully engaged in the sport. His wife gave him his first graphite fly rod in the form of a rod building kit. The J. K. Fisher blank was top of the line, and quickly replaced the Eagle Claw fiber glass rod he had been using. Fly tying became an integral part of his fly fishing experience as well.
Marty’s passion for fly fishing continued to grow as he spent time on the water. Being self-taught, Marty searched for greater understanding by procuring as much reading material as possible. In 1983, Marty broke into the fly fishing industry by taking employment with Outdoor Sports, a sporting goods retailer. An unforeseen occurrence, forced Marty back into the job market. Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Marty with the help of his parents, opened Spinner Fall Fly Shop in 1985. Along with establishing and managing the fly shop, Marty increased his rod building activities and named the entity M. Howard Rod Company. During these early years, Ralf Moon from St. Anthony, Idaho, took Marty under his wing and taught him how to build bamboo fly rods.
Shortly after opening the fly shop, Marty secured a permit to guide Utah’s Green River below Flaming Gorge. Being one of the first fly fishing guides on the Green proved to be advantageous in many ways. An opportunity to work on a film production with Jim Teeny and ESPN Sports on the Deschutes River in Oregon, launched a film making adventure. Teamed with Reese Almond Productions, he went to work on productions for TV. He also has a number of tying DVDs, from Tying Guide Flies to Steelhead Flies – Tying the Classics. A fly tying book co-authored with Dec Hogan is on the horizon and near completion.
Marty’s favorite pastime is swinging flies for steelhead but he still enjoys presenting small dry flies to finicky trout in small streams. He has completed Utah’s Cutthroat Slam twice and though he gets to travel and fish all over the world, his love for fishing small streams in Utah is as strong today as it was when he started fly fishing. He has been very fortunate to have experienced fly fishing at its best in both fresh and salt water, but is still in search of the ghost fish that haunts his dreams.
Most importantly, Marty has been involved with the local fly fishing clubs throughout his fly fishing experience. Marty served as the vice president for the Stonefly Society for two years in the mid 80s. His love for fly fishing can be seen in his efforts to perpetuate the sport. He has the experience and expertise to instruct fly tying, fly casting and rod building as well as every other aspect of the sport. Marty’s slide show presentations bring out the pure essence of fly fishing. Marty has always done whatever he can to share his knowledge and skill to help anyone interested in fly fishing feel the pure joy of the sport. Marty is one of Utah’s true fly fishing advocates and is a member of the Utah Fly Fishing Hall of Fame.
05-Oct-2016 17:15 – 18:00
Expo Hall 202