Framed Salmon, Steelhead & Trout Flies and Custom Fly Tying

As seen at various art and craft shows throughout the Midwest, and at the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo in Warren, Michigan.  All flies and frames are custom made with over 30 years experience by Joe Barker, a commercial fly tyer and fishing guide, and member of the Vanguard Chapter, Trout Unlimited.  Flies include many classic patterns and others are one of a kind tied into the theme of the picture.  Pictures come in a variety of sizes from large with 16 x 20 mats to small with 5 x 7 mats. Prices range from $40 to $100, plus shipping.  No two pictures are the same. Flies are made with only the finest materials and hooks.  Shadow box type frames are also custom made in order to give pictures a more rich look.  Mats are themselves unique and come in a variety of colors to match the frame and flies.  See the tabs to the left for available pictures.  Also custom framing can be arranged for your own flies and pictures to commemorate your own fishing experience.

NEW BOOK RELEASE! "Fly Fishing with the Little Fat Bastard," by Joe Barker.

Spiral bound with 226 pages of fly tying instructions for 13 of my own patterns, including the Little Fat Bastard, Hexaking, CDC Rusty Spinner, Banana Hopper, and more.  Also, fly fishing tips and strategies, and stories from fishing trips across the country and beyond.  $35, plus shipping.  Profits from the book are donated to the Vanguard Chapter of Trout Unlimited of Rochester Hills, Michigan.


For excerpts from the book, see the Manistee River Blog tab on this website.


To order, send a check to Joe Barker, 6537 Hollison Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009, or visit the Square on-line store at




Choose from dozens of patterns already available or special order your own favorite pattern.  All in stock patterns are $1 each. Dry flies, nymphs, wet flies, streamers, and steelhead/salmon flies available.  Prepackaged collections of flies with fly boxes included available at even greater savings. Most special orders can be tied at the same price, although more detailed patterns or patterns requiring specialized material are subject to negotiation.


Salmon flies mounted on unique collectable rocks on oak or cherry base under a glass dome for $30.  Sorry, this item cannot be shipped.

SATISFACTION GUARANTEED ON ALL ITEMS.  Simply return for a full refund.


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Vanguard Fly Tying

Joe Barker
6537 Hollison Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Phone: +1 0586 2061414 +1 0586 2061414




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