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TaleTellers.

Everything tells a tale. Every riffle, every leaf, every fly, every thread wrap, and every car ride contain countless stories, and we want to tell those stories. 

I started TaleTellers in 2016 with the backbone of tying and selling custom flies, a specialty shop, committed to creating premium flies for all! Through that avenue, Taletellers has grown! I now sell a variety of flies: streamers, dries, nymphs, tenkara flies, and more! These can be purchased directly through this website, and shipped straight to you! 

This site is provided to share tales, techniques, tying tips, and photography of my own adventures and flies.

TaleTellers is based in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, located right between two national parks. There are near endless opportunities to fish. From wild rainbow and brown trout less than 2 miles from my home, to native brook trout located within 10 miles, there's plenty of fish to be caught! A few other species around are: musky, smallmouth, largemouth, carp, panfish, catfish... you get the point, all can be casted to with an hour or two drive. Of course, driving is the easy part, catching them is a different story. 

You can find some of my flies on etsy.com by clicking here! OR purchase directly from this website by clicking the "SHOP FLIES" tab at the top of the page. Use the contact button below for special requests, orders, comments, or questions! My email is taletellersflyfishing@gmail.com.

 

 

About the Owner:

My name is Ethan Martin. I am married and have one daughter, and another one on the way! I was born in the Shenandoah Valley and still live in the same town I was born into. I began fly fishing at the age of 10, but didn't have easy access to the many different rivers, streams, and lakes around me. What I did have was an over abundance of tales. I've always loved sharing and hearing stories. These tales from other people's adventures included fish, deer, turkey, mountains, streams, fly rods, and the "Wild West." Through those stories all sorts of dreams entered my young brain. I was hooked, not even on personal experience, but through other people's passion!  I have been blessed and been able to create quite a few of my own stories over the past several years, and because of the impact tales had on me, I want to share them with others! 

In 2010 I was pondering life. I remember sitting at my kitchen table thinking about how I enjoy making and creating things. What struck me was that everything I created had the potential to create countless stories. One fly could create unforgettable memories of "the big one," the perfect day, stuck in a rock, stuck in a tree, stuck in my finger, ear, or nostril, or my wife's ear, etc.. Really, everything holds immense potential for stories if we open our eyes. This thought captivated me. Another thing I love to do is tell stories. Not lie riddled ones, but in an exciting and energetic manner displays of the truth. After meeting someone, and sharing a few tales with them, they referred to me as a "tale teller." This was probably intended to be a foul remark about some fishing story, but the name stuck with me. When I was prodded and poked to start selling my flies there was no other name I could think of than, TaleTellers.

Thus, TaleTellers was born. 

FLY FISHING
If I had to choose a favorite style of fishing, I would pick an isolated, cold, mountain stream with loads of native brook trout ready to pounce on a dry fly. Second to that would be fishing nymphs to larger trout using European style nymphing. Other than that, I've pursued most of the freshwater game species we have in Virginia on a fly (semi-successfully), but I'm still on the hunt for a few species. 

FLY TYING
I'm an avid fly tier. I have been tying flies for a little over 13 years now. When I was a kid one of my parent's friends decided he would give me a tying kit. It came complete with materials, tools, a vise, and a little booklet filled with patterns.  It didn't even take a day for me to go through the pamphlet, and start changing up materials and colors I loved every minute of it then, and I still do now!

 I don't really have a favorite style of fly to tie. Honestly, I'm a bit sporadic. Somedays, I will be on a dry fly kick and tie a few dozen for the tree branches, friends, and customers. Other days, I will be all in tying monster articulated streamers to chuck at musky, and bass. I have now amassed enough materials to last most people several life times. However, this has all been to further the success of the business (at least that's what I tell my wife). I guess what I'm trying to say is, I tie a lot.

My favorite fly right now to tie and fish is, Egan's Frenchie. I tie it on a jig hook with an "Eat A Peach" hotspot. They have been slaying the fish in my area, are easy to create, and look good! Second to that would be a Moto's Minnow. I, honestly, hate tying them, however I have so much confidence in those flies that I can't help but fish them. 

PHOTOGRAPHY
Photography permeates into every aspect of my life. Photography is one of the best ways to bring old memories back, recall specific details, and relive moments.  For this reason, I take a lot of pictures. I don't get to spend every day out miles deep in the woods, but I have pictures on my walls that help me remember the feelings, smells, sights, fish and moments of that day. Photography is one of  the most underrated advancements in technology. I'm also dipping my toes into videography as well. I'm sure you'll be seeing more of that in the near future. My wife also snaps photos that can be seen littered throughout the site.

 
 My wife and I on our lovely little couch, awaiting the arrival of our firstborn - she finally came in June!

My wife and I on our lovely little couch, awaiting the arrival of our firstborn - she finally came in June!

 Teaching her how the whip finisher spins. The fascination starts young...

Teaching her how the whip finisher spins. The fascination starts young...

 A healthy rainbow from one of my favorite local waters!

A healthy rainbow from one of my favorite local waters!

 An early morning search for rising trout. Photograph by Miranda Martin. What you don't see is, Evie, our little baby hanging off the front of me...

An early morning search for rising trout. Photograph by Miranda Martin. What you don't see is, Evie, our little baby hanging off the front of me...