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Central Mountain student running his own fishing fly company

By JOHN RISHEL

jrishel@lockhaven.com

(Editor’s Note: This story is being rerun in its entirety due to computer problems that caused errors in the text. The Express strives for accuracy and apologizes for the mistakes.)

LOCK HAVEN — Lance Bowman, a 16-year-old Central Mountain student, is approaching his first full year of running his own online business, selling custom made fishing flies under the name Fishing Creek Flies.

Bowman, who lives on Fishing Creek Road in Mill Hall, says he offers “quality fishing flies at an affordable price”.

“I sell to Weaver’s Store, 108 Market Dr., Spring Mills, and to JD’s Bait and Tackle, 1309 Mackeyville Rd., Mill Hall,” he said. “JD’s just ordered 144, and that will probably last them through the summer.”

Retailing anywhere from $1 to $3 a piece, FC Flies offers customization options in hook size as well as colors or style options.

Bowman said some of the most popular styles he sells are prince nymphs, closer minnow, and elk hair caddis.

“I don’t keep any in stock, I just tie them as the orders come in,” Bowman said.

While he completes about a half dozen per hour, “there are so many different types that it would be impossible to do everything,” he said.

Bowman has been tying flies for six years now, he said, after taking classes at a Trout Unlimited camp.

“Furnish us with the details, pattern or sample of your favorite fly and we will tie it to your specifications,” he said.

Bowman is set to graduate in 2021, with his eye on a mechanical or civil engineering degree.

“It is probably just going to be a hobby thing for me,” he said. “I was over at Weaver’s one day and they said they were looking for something that knew how to tie, so I just kind of jumped into it and it has worked out well. I have quite a few friends that buy off of me.”

Payment, which can be made through Paypal or personal check, must be received before flies are shipped, with the buyer paying all shipping charges, he said.

There is a minimum order of six flies and they will ship anywhere within the contiguous United States and Canada.

To order from Fishing Creek Flies, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/FCflies, contact fcflies2@gmail.com, or call 570-726-4455

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