About On Z Fly
On Z Fly is dedicated to bringing current information on fishing, fly tying, travel, reports, local events and much more to the fly community and beyond. Started in 2018 by angler and professional fly tyer Jon Zukowski, the focus is to create a community that is active in not only the sport, but also in conservation and preservation of our fisheries and habitats they require. On the other end of the spectrum OZF is also a place to explore and create within the realm of fly-fishing. Fly tying is an artistic expression that is often overlooked and under appreciated. It takes years to get comfortable tying, and eternities to learn. Every time you sit down to create a fly, you are figuring out a new technique, much like fishing. OZF is about progressing fly angling for the better so that generations to come can discover and enjoy the sport and continue the journey of learning that fly-fishing offers.
Jon Zukowski's Bio from CATCH Fly-fishing:
I grew up in New Hampshire fly-fishing the many rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds that surround me. The waterbody that has had the most impact on myself has been the Pemigewasset River, conveniently flowing through my backyard. Fishing for brook trout on this river was what really got me into fly-fishing at the age of 7. My family would take annual trips to Maine to fish for salmon and trout. Each time we would return from a Maine trip I would take to the “Pemi” from sun up to sun down, days in a row.
I am currently still living in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and enjoying the fishing opportunities as much as ever. I fish for a wide variety of species such as trout, pike, bass, and landlocked salmon. Since the winters are long and cold here in New Hampshire (as I write this the temperature outside is -18 degrees), I spend a lot of time tying flies and looking ahead to the warmer months. I started tying flies when I was in high school as a project for art class. I can still recall the reaction of my art teacher and fellow students the day I brought in a deteriorating cardboard box filled with various animal parts.
Within the last few years I have met so many wonderful people through fly-fishing. Visiting new places and fishing new water has also been a great experience. Vermont, Maine, New York, and Alaska are some of my favorite locations that I have pursued fish. I look forward to travelling and fishing new destinations in the future.