Don has been tying flies for 50 years, starting at age 12 in 1964.
Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Guide for 16 consecutive seasons and a commercial fly tier for 12 years.
Author of three fly tying DVD’s:
Advanced Classic Wet Flies: 2007
Traditional Streamers and Bucktails: 2007
Tying Classic Wet Flies: 2004
Featured author of Ray Bergman biography in the book Forgotten Flies. Don has a combined total of approximately 765 flies published in that book. See here for a link to over 100 of Don’s flies.
Don’s wet flies, drys, and streamers were regularly published in Art of Angling Journal 2001-2003 by The Complete Sportsman.
Published in Fly Tyer, Fly Fisherman, Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide, Hatches Magazine, Fly Tyers of the World, Vol. IV; and Fly Fusion.
The Ray Bergman Collection featuring wet flies tied by Don Bastian debuted in September 2010 at Hatches Magazine Online.
Don specializes in tying classic wet flies and streamers but he is equally comfortable at the vise whether he is turning out dry flies, nymphs, steelhead and bass flies, salmon flies, panfish patterns, and even a few saltwater flies.
Fly tying instructor since 1984.
Pro Staff Member of Regal Vise.
Instructor and demonstrator at various shows, forums, and fly tying clinics since 1992.
Amateur and professional photography since 1985.
Don has two daughters – Kim and Lyneah, four grandsons and one granddaughter. He lives in Pennsylvania. He is a widower following the 2007 death of his wife, Lou Anne, after nearly thirty-four years of marriage.
See here for Don’s website.