Thirteen-year old Jacob Stucker owns a fly-tying business.
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At six years old, most kids are still learning to tie their shoelaces; Jacob Stucker was already tying flies. For a kid who grew up practically within casting distance of the North Fork of the Gunnison River, a fly-fishing mecca, maybe that isn’t surprising. But here’s what is: Jacob, now 13, turned his passion into a profession, launching Jake’s Flies last spring. Jacob’s early efforts relied on readily available materials like feathers from his family’s chicken coop. Then he met fly-fishing guru Jeff Hatton. With Hatton’s help, Jacob improved his technique and graduated to higher-quality materials such as deer and elk hair. He sells five varieties of flies online at jakesflies.com and at the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss. Try one of his elk hair caddis flies to land hungry trout this month.