The Irish Fly Fair - Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
18th & 19th November 2023

Born in England, Barry Ord Clarke is an internationally acclaimed and much published photographer, author and fly tyer. He has written, Co written and contributed to more than 35 books about fly tying. He has won medals in some of the worlds most prestigious fly tying competitions, and his own flies can be seen in the legendary ‘Fly Fishers Club’ collection, in London and the ‘Catskill master fly tyer collection’ in the United States.

For the past 28 years he has lived in Norway where he works as a professional photographer and a fly tying consultant for the Mustad Hook Company and Veniard Ltd. His successful YouTube channel ‘The Feather Bender’ has 50,000 subscribers. Barry Ord Clarke voted US Fly Tyer Magazine’s Fly Tyer of the Year 2021.

The prestigious award honours the exceptional international contribution Barry has made to the world of fly tying with his innovative approach of linking his clear step-by-step tying instructions in book-form to his popular YouTube channel ‘The Feather Bender’ videos which then show him tying EXACTLY the same fly online. This ground-breaking ‘pairing’ is a first in the world of fly tying instruction.

His offer of responding online to all questions about his tying techniques has further strengthened his message around the world: that with clear instruction in both print and video, coupled with the right background advice, anyone can learn to tie flies which not only look good but also catch fish. Barry is British, lives and works in Norway, and regularly demonstrates at fly tying exhibitions throughout Europe and the USA. A renowned photographer in his own right, his tying images are crystal clear, minimalist and stylish. His approachable attitude and innovative tying techniques have encouraged thousands of beginners to take up the hobby in the first place or more experienced tyers to up their game.

His most recent two books, The Feather Benders Fly Tying Techniques and Flytying for Beginners, pub. Merlin Unwin Books, are out now and already gaining plaudits from around the world. Fly Tying for Beginners is also published in the USA by Skyhorse Publishing. Fly Tying Techniques book is published in Japanese by Flybito. Barry’s fourth Norwegian book Flubinderens Bilbel III was also published earlier this year in Norway.

  • Fly Tyer of the Year 2021 - Fly Tyer Magazine USA
  • Claudio Angelo Award 2016 - Best International Fly Tyer
  • Mustad Golden Hook Trophy 2014 - Fly Tying Ambassador
  • Mustad Silver Hook Trophy 2005 - Fly Fishing Ambassador 

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