1. Tell us who you are and a little bit about yourself?
My name is Talysa Klein, I was born and raised in Northern Wyoming in the heart of the Big Horn Basin. I attended the University of Wyoming to get my B.S. in Energy Systems Engineering and shortly moved to Colorado after for work. I am now entering my 4th year in Colorado and I absolutely love it, especially since I have moved up into the mountains. I am now 30 minutes away from some prime fishing, so what more could you ask for! I now spend my days drawing/ designing/ tinkering for my business TK2.Design and of course fishing/enjoying life with my husband and lovable corgi-mutt, Frank.
2. How long have you been fly fishing?
I first learned in High School, so I think it has been off and on for about 10 years now!
3. What inspired you to want to make angling art?
My husband! I have always been drawing various things, but one thing I really struggle with is getting a subject. He suggested that I go grab a fly and draw it, so I did! I fell in love immediately and haven’t looked back since!
4. Do you tie flies? If you do, what is your favorite fly to tie?
Yes! I steal my husbands vice and materials occasionally. My favorites are midges, they are easy to tie, you can put your own artistic touch on them, and extremely effective in most situations (and the feeling of catching a fish on a fly you tied is one you can’t replicate).
5. Do you have a favorite medium when making angling art?
I love it all! Most of my stuff currently is either digital or soft pastel with black ink and a dip fountain pen. But I also love drawing with graphite, markers, and even acrylics.
6. What is your favorite piece of angling art you have made so far and why?
This is such a hard question! I love aspects of every piece I make. For example the Olive Woolly Bugger I loved the texture that I was able to achieve; on the Manhattan Midge the gold ribbing just looks amazing; and the Copper John the epoxy body is hands down some of the best work I have done. So if it comes down to it, I can’t choose a favorite it is just too hard!
7. What is something you think people would be surprised to hear about you?
I was a Scientist at a National Laboratory.
8. Do you have a favorite place to fish?
Yes! But I will never tell, all I will say is it is in South Park
9. What is your most memorable catch?
Every Brookie that makes me change my flies over an over till I get it right!
10. How can people keep in touch or follow your work?
I am most active on instagram, @tk2.design, but also use Facebook regularly. One of the things that I really enjoy doing is making time lapses videos of the drawings to show you how they are created! The best way to contact me for commission/questions is through my website, www.tk2.design.