fly-tying... different things or the same thing? When
you're out fishing, your mind is designing and tying imitations
of the hatching fly. When you're sitting by the vise tying
it, your mind is by the water, carefully laying it out before
the rising trout."
Just a thought
I had right now, but I don't think I want to take credit for it as a quote. It sounds
way too true not to have been said by someone else before me.
to think that there are two main types of fly-tiers. One of them
is "the angler who ties the flies he need" and the other is "the
tier who also fish with some of his flies". It's easy to fall
into the second group. There's an endless
of flies to tie, but to many anglers, the need for having them
all in their boxes might not be as extreme. I can't see myself
by the water needing a Norwegian flag hopper... or a #32
mayfly... or a cigar smoking party animal. But they can be tied,
so why not do that instead of stowing away the gear when the
gaps in the flyboxes are filled up? Let your mind wonder... "What
haven't I tied yet?"
most tiers often ask themselves is: "What material can I
use to tie this?". A question many forget though,
is the question that opens up an entirely new and extremely wide
dimension of tying: "What can I tie using this
Understanding that 'fly-tying'
isn't just about fly-tying and that 'fly-tying material' isn't just about fly-tying
material... is taking a huge leap forward towards becoming a "fly-tying fanatic".
LATEST FLY SWAP:
'Sowbug Alumni Swap'
Host: Jimmy D. Moore
A STEP FORWARD:
'Inline Rotation' is the name of a really good friend and tying assistant.
A look into...
DUTCH FLYFAIR 2008:
Fort Altena, Netherlands. Surrounded by royals
in the fort, the court jester felt very much at home.
See some photos...
FOAM HOPPER TOUR:
Started serious, but took a turn to somewhere else.
Many tiers joined up and tied a LOT of flies during those three great days.