Despite the fact that no salmon has ever swum in Italian waters, Alberto’s love for the art of fly tying led him to become an accomplished salmon fly dresser. Born in 1964 in the ancient town of Bologna, Alberto Calzolari is an internationally known fly tier, lecturer and columnist. He started fly fishing when he was very young and soon became mesmerized by the beauty of fly tying silks, feathers and hooks, not to mention becoming fascinated by fly fishing history.
His love for tying, sharing experiences and writing, was the inspiration that led him to contribute to Italian and foreign magazines, and to collaborate with authors and international organizations. Many of his flies are now in museums or private collections and many others are on magazines and books, such as The History of Fly Fishing by Andrew Herd. He is one of the Team Members behind the book trilogy on the life, books and flies of William Blacker, together with Andrew Herd, Hermann Dietrich-Troeltsch and Jon Ward-Allen.
For years he has been the Italian correspondent for the Castabout Bulletin of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center in USA. The story of how Alberto came to publish his first work, “Italian deeds and misdeeds” is very long, but the book is a journey through human nature, and is about fellow fly fishermen and the amusing aspect of fishing with the fly. Although Alberto would prefer to call himself a storyteller instead of writer, he divides his time between researching and tying classic flies, writing, lecturing, binding and collecting books, and surfing—age permitting and not necessarily in that order. He lives in the Bologna countryside with his wife Federica, his life-long companion, two children and a patient Golden Retriever, all of whom are very understanding of his countless passions.