Kevin Compton

Kevin is a commercial tier, author, speaker, tying instructor, and a fly designer for Solitude Fly Co. He is also a member of the International Pro Team for Partridge Hooks. His company, Performance Flies, distributes specialty tying materials, tools, and hooks, including the DOHIKU European barbless hooks, throughout North America.

Kevin lives in the Great Lakes, in Cleveland, Ohio where he ties patterns for the steelhead fisheries of Ohio and Michigan and for the trout waters of central Pennsylvania. He also spends part of each summer in the Colorado Rockies, fishing and tying patterns for guides and competition anglers.

In 2006, he was the runner-up in the Team USA National Fly Tying Competition sponsored by Fly Tyer magazine. In September of 2006, he traveled to Portugal to the World Fly Fishing Championship where he contributed flies to the US competitors. In 2007, 2009, and 2010 he tied for members of Team USA at the National Championships and at the America’s Cup.

In September of 2010 Kevin was the runner-up (to Charlie Craven) in the first annual Ironman Fly Tying Competition at the Denver Retailer Show.

Kevin's flies have been featured in magazines such as Fly Fishing and Tying Journal and in collections such as Rick Takahashi's Modern Midges. His article "Going Barbless" appeared in the August 2008 issue of Hatches Magazine. He also writes an online tying journal,, and is currently at work on a fly-tying project with Stackpole Books, entitled "Styles of European Fly Patterns".

This is the Tungsten Torpedo fly which can be deadly for trout.

Tung Torpedo

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