My name is Bill Edds, I'm the owner and tyer of Filthy Flies. I've been fly fishing most of my life. When I was around 13, my uncle taught my brothers and I how to tie foam frogs for largemouth on a farm pond and it's been an obsession ever since.
I currently live in Southeastern Michigan with my beautiful wife, baby, and dog, surrounded by lakes where I throw big streamers and topwater flies at bass and pike. While bass and pike are my favorite predators to hunt, I'm open to just about anything as long as it likes meat.
Filthy Flies started as an idea: the idea that there isn't any reason why guys fishing conventional gear should outfish fly fishers. What began as competition among my brothers and I has inspired patterns that imitate swimming, living fish that are irresistible to predatory fish.
My philosophy about fly fishing is that this idea of a heirarchy of fish doesn't exist. Deciding which species is better than another is pointless. A large part of this community has an obsession with trout, but how many of us live near trout? The nearest river for me is 3 hours away. I can literally walk across the street, get in my kayak, and catch big aggressive bass that are more than willing to destroy a 6" fly.
Many awesome species like bluegill, pike, and largemouth especially aren't given the respect they deserve. Largemouth in particular are looked at as dumb and lazy, but have you ever experienced a big angry bass breaking the surface like a grenade, exploding on a Dahlberg diver, just as the sun is going down? If you haven't, you don't know what you're missing.
Credit to Bob Popovics, the father of bucktail flies and reverse tying, to Blane Chocklett for creating the game changer platform (which most of my flies are built on), and to so many other tyers who I have been inspired by but are too many to name; we are all standing on the shoulders of giants.