2011 Featured Tyers:
Ward Bean: Throughout Ward's career as a college educator he often dreamed about how good
life would be if he could "chuck it all" and become an outdoor writer. But the pragmatist in him always argued that
"chucking it all" was not in his family's best interest. Ironically, retirement helped make that dream come true.
Soon after he stopped going to the office every day, he tried his hand at free lance writing and his fly patterns, tying tips
and feature articles began to appear in Fly Tyer Magazine, Warmwater FlyFishing, and Fly Fishing and Tying Journal.
In 1999, Dr. Tom Whiting of Delta, Colorado, invited Ward to join the Whiting Farms Pro Team. His goal is for WarmwaterFlyTyer.com to
be a work in progress with new fly patterns and fly tying techniques posted frequently. As Warmwater Fly Tyer evolves,
he hopes that it will meet his expectations and yours as well.
Dave's experience and creative outlook on the whole spectrum of fly fishing have earned him the reputation of being one
of the top professional fly fishers in the sport. He has been the recipient of many awards for his fly-fishing and fly-tying
contributions, including induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, the Max Ander's Wild Trout Award for his work
on propagation of wild trout and the Federation of Fly Fishers' Conservation Man of the Year Award. Dave has also received
the Buz Buzeck Flytyer's Award which is the highest honor in the fly-tying world. It recognized his innovativeness in
new fly-tying patterns and his national fly-tying activities.
Dave was given the FFF James E. Henshall Award for his work in warm-water fishing and conservation, and received FFF's
Ambassador Award for national and international promotion of fly fishing and conservation. In 1996 he was inducted into
the Arkansas Game & Fish Hall of Fame and was given the Lifetime Contribution Award in 1997 from the National American
Fly Tackle Trade Association.