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About Me

Hi, there! Let me tell you a little bit about myself and Squaretail Flies & Guide Service.

My name is Deryn LaCombe and I’ve been tying flies since 1978. An accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to my foot (Yes, you heard that right-you can’t make this stuff up) made me the proud recipient of a cheap fly tying kit as a get well present and started me down this amazing road to ruin.

I have a deep love for all things related to Maine freshwater fishing and its history and nostalgia, specifically fishing for brook trout, landlocked salmon, and togue. This website serves not only as a portal for selling flies and now offering Guiding services but as a means for you to get some free information when you need it.

I tie flies and Guide for fun, ego, and as a labor of love, NOT as a primary source of income. I love catching a living jewel on a thing of beauty and now derive a lot of satisfaction from others doing the same. I get a huge kick from people having success fishing flies I’ve tied and my intent is to build solid relationships with the people I tie and Guide for. When someone approaches you on the water and asks where you got that fly from they've never seen before and you respond with "There's a guy who ties these for me", I want to be that guy you're referring to.

The flies I focus on tying are predominately Maine-centric with a specialty on streamers and brook trout/landlocked salmon patterns. I prefer tying classic, obscure or regional patterns, utilizing organic and traditional tying materials. Simply stated, I tie stuff you won't be able to get from larger companies like Umpqua or Orvis because they’re not the latest flavor of the month or hot sellers. These neat patterns are, however, very effective on their targeted quarry. 

If you don't see a particular pattern you want, just ask!

I can produce just about anything you might be looking for and at your request will usually (but not always!) customize the pattern to your specifications or needs.

I don’t keep stock on hand, everything is tied to order. I usually require a two week lead time on most orders but I will certainly try to fill quicker depending on the size, complexity, or availibility of materials. February to April is my peak tying season so earlier is ALWAYS better! If you’re truly in a pinch I’ll do my best to work with you and see that you’re happy and help you to have a great time on the water.

My experience fishing a broad range of Maine inland waters over the last 40+ years combined with my historical interests, contacts and research has developed a pretty decent knowledge of what works when and where. I don't know everything but if I don't have the answer I can at least get you headed in the right direction. So if you’re planning a trip to Maine I’d love to help you achieve success on the water. I’ll be glad to help you out with this whether you decide to purchase anything from me or not. Don't feel awkward, drop me a line!

Welcome to my world,

Now go out and put a bend in that rod!

- Deryn