Richard Pilatzke lives in Littleton, Colorado with his wife Cheryl and lab mix dog Bella . He was born in Montreal, Canada and grew up in upstate New York. Richard has lived in Colorado for over 28 years. He has been fly tying and fly fishing for over 30 years. For the last fifteen years, he has specialized in tying flies for and fishing high mountain lakes in Colorado. He does many fly tying demonstrations at events like The Flyfishing Show, The International Sportsman’s Expo, the Black Canyon Fly Fishing Show, the Western Colorado Fly Fishing Expo, The New Mexico Trout Symposium, the Federation of Fly Fishers National Conclave and at fly tying clinics at many Denver area fly shops and TU and FFF chapters. In addition, Richard is a life member of both Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers. He is a member of Cutthroat Chapter, Trout Unlimited and a past member of the Board of Directors of Colorado Trout Unlimited. Richard’s flies have been exhibited at the Boulder Art Museum and the Prichard Art Museum in Idaho Falls. He is currently a member of the Regal Engineering and Wasatch Angling Pro Staffs. Richard and his fly patterns have been featured in books by Gary LaFontaine, Pat Dorsey, Marty Bartholomew, and Jim Schollmeyer. His biggest influences in fly tying have been Gary LaFontaine, Jack Dennis, John Betts, Craig Matthews, and Al Makkai. What Richard likes best about fly tying is the creative aspect, especially searching out little-known materials to create new patterns.
In the following videos Richard describes how to use his cutting methods. The last video he shows how to tie his Adult Damsel.
If you visit askaboutflyfishing.com you can read an article explaining more about damsels and dragonflies with information provided by Richard Pilatzke.