Kevin Havelock Lloyd

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Kevin Lloyd tying one up on April 8, 2008

Kevin Havelock Lloyd, who was born in the Tobique Valley of New Brunswick on April 23, 1964, and now lives in New Denmark, New Brunswick loves nature and the outdoors.  He fishes, hunts, guides hunters and even works in the Forest Industry.
He was only 4, or 5-years old when he started fishing with a hook and line on an alder bush.  His father, Havelock Loyd, taught him how to fly fish when he was 11.  Kevin started guiding at the age of 18.
Prior to tying his own flies Kevin had been buying flies from other fly makers, but wasn’t satisfied with the quality.  A lot of the flies weren’t durable enough so he began considering tying his own.  He got an opportunity to watch a fly tyer named Richard Leveque tie and that peeked his interest to the point where he purchased a vise and an assortment of materials in 1988 and began tying his own.
Kevin isn’t into originating fly patterns but likes to experiment with different colors.  From his years of fishing experience he’s determined different colors work best at certain times.  “I like to experiment with many different colors in a fly.  I dye all my own deer hair and determine that the slightest change in the shade of green, red, blue or other commonly used color can make a tremendous difference.  I makes several different patterns, most of them being deer hair bugs.  I tie a “Green Machine” with a silver tip, white tail, brown hackle with a green deer hair body.  This fly is a hot one in any river.  My favorite however is the “Green Cosseboom”, says Kevin.
Kevin exclusively ties hairwing flies and he ties a lot of them.  He also  gives a away a lot of flies.  Most of his sales are to local shops and anglers who come to his home for them.
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Kevin caught his largest fish, a 20-pound salmon, when he was just 13-years old.  He would get up at 5 a.m., every morning to go fishing at the Salmon River.  He would jump on his moped bike and drive the six miles to the local pool.  On that particular morning there was a heavy fog hanging over the river.  Upon arriving at the river he found one of the regular area anglers, Stillman Baker, already making a run through the pool.  Kevin stepped into the river behind Stillman and started fishing.  When Stillman spotted Kevin he turned and asked, “What fly are you using?”  Kevin told him that he had on a Thunder and Lightning.  Stillman responded with, “That fly ain’t no good in the fog.”  All of a sudden the pool came alive and 25 minutes later Kevin had his biggest salmon ever.
Kevin maintains that the salmon have been lost in the Tobique and Salmon rivers.  He wishes that some kind of sport fish could be introduced into the rivers so kids growing up could have something to fish for.  Maybe then the young people would take more of an interest in the sport.  Fishing is one of the best sports in the world.  Fly fishing is an art to be mastered, not forgotten.  “We can’t fish salmon in our rivers and the trout fishing is poor.  We pay a lot for a fishing license.  They tell us the money goes back into the rivers.  Hopefully someone will come along some day who can do something about the situation”, says Kevin.
Kevin’s favorite river is the Tobique, but he enjoys fishing the Salmon and Dungarvon rivers also.