How Rushbrooke Strand began

My wife Rose Rushbrooke is an artist and quilt maker. When we moved back to the States from the Caribbean in 1996 she set up to showcase her artwork; and later started marketing the quilting and sewing supplies she used.

The web site grew and she shipped to quilters all over the world. Interestingly, she found fishermen loved the YLI Silk Thread for fishing rod building, repair and classic fly tying.

I got involved in the business helping with the web site, packaging and shipping. As an avid fisherman myself, I also noticed the increasing requests for rod wrapping threads from the bamboo fly rod, custom and professional rod builders and decided to create a web site for fishermen. Rushbrooke Strand - For Fly Fishermen was born.

David T. Mullins

David Mullins

I was born and raised on the west coast of Florida, where I was a passionate fisherman almost from birth. My father was nuts about Florida and fishing. We waded the flats for Redfish, worked the passes for Tarpon, were there for the Kingfish migrations; we crabbed / shrimped, and went on adventures to the Everglades for Snook.

In my 20's I sailed to the Caribbean to live. It was fantastic trolling for Tuna, Dolphin, Barracuda, and diving for Grouper, Lobster, and Conch.

On returning to the States we lived in Virginia where I took up fly fishing and worked the rivers and lakes for Small Mouth Bass. I really got hooked on fly fishing.

Back to Florida where I spend as much time as possible fly fishing in salt water for Snook, Redfish and Trout. Florida has some beautiful rivers and lakes and, you guessed it, I have been fly fishing for Largemouth Bass.

The rivers and beer of the North West have called, so off to Portland Oregon we go. A new adventure fly fishing for Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout begins.

Resume in a nutshell - airline pilot, yachtsman, boat builder, commercial fisherman, businessman, salesman, webmaster, eCommerce retailer, telcom engineer, marine engineer, amateur radio operator, gardener and world traveler (twice around the world, 45 countries so far). However, I can't weld, so don't ask me to do that.

In my spare time, you'll find me out fishing, fishing, fishing...

Club memberships:
Federation of Fly Fishers
Trout Unlimited
Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club
Suncoast Fly Fishers
Clackamas Flyfishers