About

My name is Don Corey and I love to tie flies and fly fish. Never met a vise I didn’t like (with an S not a C)! I am the owner of Annika Rod and Fly in beautiful, sunny downtown Holden, Maine. When I am not at the vise, building rods or fly fishing, my day job is the Director of IS at the Bangor Daily News where I have had the good fortune of working since 1974. I took my first fly tying class in 1976 through the Sunkhaze Chapter of Trout Unlimited at the PCCA clubhouse in Brewer. I have some fantastic memories of learning the tying craft from some phenomenal fly tyers; Ed Reif, Joe Bertolaccini, and Fran Montville. These men certainly influenced my tying in those early years. These legends and the many other great tyers that I have tied with over the years all make up the people portion of the Vise Squad. I have a wonderful wife of 34 years, Diane who has put up with my hobby/obsession over the years and we have a wonderful family; daughters, Anna and Erika, son-in-law Ryan and granddaughter Natalie (and Mallorie on the way). Some of my more memorable fishing trips have been: catching my first landlocked salmon on a size 6 Black Ghost at Grand Lake Stream in the late 70′s and trips to Rick Warren’s lodges on the Upsalquitch River in New Brunswick for Atlantic Salmon. Catching Atlantic Salmon on pristine waters is a tough act to beat. I also enjoy trolling for landlocks in the spring and casting poppers to smallies on the Penobscot River during the summer months. When not on the water or at the vise, I LOVE to my my lawn and spend time on my John Deere 2305.