My name is Shawn West. A little over 26 years ago, I visited a small fly shop in Scottsdale, Arizona. They were kind enough to help me put together a starter kit to fit my warm water fly tying needs. My deer hair adventure started soon after purchasing a video featuring Jimmy Nix in 1989. I tied at my first Conclave in 1990. It did not take long to realize how much I enjoyed sharing my knowledge regarding working with deer hair with other hair bug enthusiasts. I currently tie bass bugs for three shops in the Northwest. I also provide classes on working with deer hair to individuals and/or groups at no cost. Sharing what I know with others, especially with our youth, helps me give back to the sport I love.