Tino Pittiglio is 13 and has been a die-hard fly fisherman since we first moved to Tasmania when he was 8. Even then he was known to spend 4 hours sitting on the bank of a dam trying to catch trout or salmon using dead flies he would collect from around the farmhouse. When Tino was 10 he started to tie his own flies and he attended his first Bronte Fly Fishing School when he was 11. He was hooked! He loves the ‘hunt’ that is fly fishing and especially enjoys reading the water and understanding the entomology required to catch fish. He also loves his fishing ‘mates’ – and will sit for hours chatting to them about their latest catch, what flies are working for them etc. He is very pleased to be returning to Bronte Fly Fishing School this year as a casting coach for juniors and participating this event.
Kobi Lambert is twelve years old and has been tying flies since he was eight. A family friend started him off and it quickly became an obsession. He is mostly self-taught using books, DVDs and youtube. He has also been given plenty of advice and encouragement from other tyers.
In order to fund his hobby Kobi began selling flies at local markets a few years ago. He has a regular stall at the Deloraine and Mole Creek markets each month where people love to watch him tie. Mike and Jules at the Essential Fly Fisher have also been very supportive of Kobi.
Kobi has participated in the Great Lake Tie In and The Liaweenee Trout Open Weekend.
Tino and Kobi met at the Bronte Fly Fishing Camp in the summer of 2016 and enjoy getting to catch up at fly tying/fishing events.