Jerome Francis Molloy

Master Fly Tyer

             “There’s a little brook near the home where I lived in Newfoundland.  When I was about 8-years old I used to stand on a bridge crossing that brook and look down into the water at the trout that were there.  I really wanted to catch one of those fish and remember seeing salmon and trout flies at a store in town that were used just for that purpose.  I also knew I couldn’t afford to buy one of the flies, so decided to make my own just to see if I could catch one of them trout.    When I got home I found a safety pin and a feather.  If I remember right the feather was from one of our pillows.  I tied the feather onto the safety pin and tied that homemade safety pin fly to a piece of line, which I then attached to an old alder.  Off I went to the bridge where I dangled the line and my fly into the brook.  Even though I never caught a trout on the homemade fly I really enjoyed doing that and to this day never forgot it.  I eventually caught trout there, but used other bait.  This was the beginning of my interest in fishing and fly tying”, says Jerome Molloy.

Jerome Francis Molloy was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland on February 24, 1956.  He is the son of the late Irene Mary (nee Noonan) and the late Alphonsus Molloy  Sr., who were children of Irish immigrants. 

In 1964 Jerome’s family moved to Prince Edward Island and three years later they moved again, this time to New Brunswick where they lived ever since.  Jerome Francis Molloy was 11-years old.

Jerome Francis Molloy 1998

After Jerome landed in New Brunswick he didn't get any opportunities to go fishing like had near his home in Newfound.  It would not be until one summer day in the late 1970’s after he'd heard there was a run of salmon on in the Hammond and Kenebecasis Rivers.  As a youngster he had done a lot of fishing in Newfoundland and since that time it was something that he had really missed doingJerome knew that if he intended to go after salmon he was going to need salmon flies, especially if he was intent on doing a lot of fishing.  It was at this time that he began thinking about trying to tie his own.           

In 1980 he bought a cheap little book on fly tying and also started getting descriptions of the tools he would need to use.  He went to A.J. Splane’s Sporting Store in Saint John where he bought some hooks and some other fly tying materials.  It just so happened that while at Splane’s he met Jacques Bolin, who was working there.  Jacque suggested that Jerome give a local fly tyer by the name of Warren Duncan a call because Duncan was giving a fly tying course.  He made the call, signed up for the course and followed up by attending a half dozen of the classes.  Attending those fly tying classes is what seriously got Jerome “hooked” on the art of fly tying.  He began buying every book he could afford.  Fishing and fly tying had become nothing short of an addiction for him and he felt he couldn't get enough information about it.

One day in 1981 he went to a one-day fly tying course put on by Bill Hunter in New Hampshire.  Hunter was showing the participants how to tie the “Canadian Black Dose”.  He was using a pattern which had been tied by famous fly tyer, the late Clovis Arseneault from Atholville, New Brunswick.  Upon returning from New Hampshire, Jerome was even more caught up on fly tying and during the following four years he was content with tying exclusively hair wing patterns.

By 1985 Jerome decided it was time to make a transition in fly tying to something more challenging.  It was now his time to try dressing the (Classic) fully dressed feather wing fly patterns.  He maintains that once he learned the basic everything else just seemed to fall into place.  He admits that tying flies just seemed to come natural to him and that he never found flies difficult to tie.  He has always got a lot of enjoyment and fun from doing it.  He truly loves the old standard classic patterns and has never been intimidated by any pattern.

In 1986, he began tying flies competitively.  He won first place in his first competition at the Atlantic Salmon Conclave.  The winning entry was the most famous of all the fully dressed salmon flies, “The Jock Scott”.  In 1990 he was crowned the “Fly Tying Champion of the World” at the World Fly Tying Competition sponsored by the Federation of Quebec Salmon Association.  It was a title that he would go on to secure for a second time in 1991.  Jeromes's entries, which won him the title in 1990, were the hair-wing “Orange Blossom” and the fully dressed feather-wing “Thunder and Lightning.”  The winning entry in 1991 was a fully dressed feather-wing called “Childers.” and in 1992, he captured the Eastern Woods and Waters Fly Tying Championship.  He also claimed both the Mustad International Open Fly Tying Competition and the Ontario Out of Doors Competition.  In 1995 he was credited with the Federation Quebec Atlantic Salmon and the North Atlantic Salmon Fund, a Master Tyer and is inducted in the FQSA, Fly Tyer’s Hall of Fame.

Jerome acknowledges he's accepted fly tying advice from a number of highly respected fly tyers, but for the most part he is a self-taught.  He has been extremely influenced by Francis Francis, Hale, Traherne, Blacker, T.E. Price-Tannant, W.S. Hunter and the historic works of Kelson.

 

Jerome's favorite fly is the “Green Highlander”, but he believes there was never a more perfect fly designed than the “Jock Scott” and that the “Rosie Dawn” is the final pattern for which there is nothing more to improve upon. 

He loves fishing with such flies as the “Thunder and Lightning”, “Nighthawk”, “Carter’s Bug” and the red butt “Black Bear”.

Like a lot of fly tyers he has experimented and developed a couple of new patterns that have proven successful.  In 1996 he originated the Jerome Smelt”, and in the spring of 1998 he created the “a535 Streamer”.  He also originated the “Bry Fly”.  The stories behind the creation of these flies, to say the least, are very interesting.  You can learn more about them by visiting Jerome at www.atlanticsalmonfly.com 


On October 3, 2008 Jerome Francis Molloy was inducted into the Atlantic Salmon Museum Hall of Fame in Doaktown, New Brunswick.

Master Fly Tyer

Jerome Francis Molloy

 Jerome is an instructor in the art of dressing Classic Atlantic Salmon Flies, Hair wing Salmon and Trout Flies.  He is an experienced angler who has fished extensively throughout the salmon’s eastern range.  Because of its diversity the Little Southwest Miramichi is his favorite river

In September 1993 he caught a salmon that weighed twenty-three pounds.  The fish was landed on the Sevogle River, New Brunswick.  Since then he has caught larger salmon, but the twenty-three Sevogle salmon gave him a Royal battle.

Jerome Molloy is a strong supporter of hook and release initiatives.  He sees an urgency to protect and preserve the province’s greatest sport fish.  Instilling a responsible attitude in the minds of the people who angle is a priority.  He is a great asset to angling and fly tying, a Master in the art who generously shares his knowledge with you.  He says that fly tying is fun, relaxing, and very rewarding.  It can introduce you to wonderful people and can take you to places all over the world. 

Jerome, with his kindness and shy gentle manner, is not one to boast of his many accomplishments.  He is a down-to-earth person who exemplifies every aspect of a true professional fly tyer.  He is highly respected for his greatness in the realm of the art.

In 1994 Jerome became one of the first fly tyers to be added to THE FLY TYERS OF NEW BRUNSWICK COLLECTION.  He has always been extremely supportive of the building of the collection and honors the accomplishments of all fly tyers whether they are the best, or simply a beginner.  He will be the first to tell you there is always something that can be learned from a fly tyer, or angler.  The Fly Tyers of New Brunswick are extremely proud of Jerome Francis Molloy. It is an honor to have him as a member of the “Where The Rivers Meet” THE FLY TYERS OF NEW BRUNSWICK.

 Jerome has actively participated in numerous fund raising events to protect and conserve the fisheries and ecosystems.  He is hopeful that his contribution will preserve it for the present and enrich it for the future.  He encourages other anglers, guides and fly tyers to join in the challenge.

 

On October 3, 2008 Jerome Francis Molloy was inducted into the Atlantic Salmon Museum Hall of Fame in Doaktown, New Brunswick.

Photo of Jerome Francis Molloy being congratulated and presented with the a certificate of accomplishment on behalf of the Province of New Brunswick by Rick Brewer, MLS Southwest Miramichi.

Photo of Jerome Molloy with other inducties on October 3, 2008. Left to Right/ W. Arlington Banford, George Montgomery Curtis, Jerome Francis Molloy, Mavis O'Donnell