Fly Tying Flies A Introduction to History Tto This Hobby

tying making fly fishing flies is an estalished art form. Fishing flies have been “tied” utilizing fur, feathers and&& natural materials to imitate genuine flies or fly tying to make “dressed” flies like traditional dressed salmon flies over the last centuries. Many fishermen credit Isaac Walton and his 1676 edition of The Compleat Angler as the earliest days of fly fishing and fly tying. Actually the earliest fly tying really occurred as early the 3rd Century AD when the writer known as Aelianus described fly fishingfor fish with fishing flies. The fly tying was described as “….. they fasten crimson wool around the hook and fix onto the wool two feathers”. In 1496 Dame Juliana Berners wrote the Treatise of Fishing with an Angle which described fly tying utilizing similar materials to the Macedoneans.

Modern Fly Tying Realistic Fly Fishing Flies

Fly Tying is actually genuine artform, fly tying occurs in a variety of forms, ranging from simple fly tying using perhaps just just} cul de canard feathers plus dubbing from wool to sophisticated fly tying where the fly tyer creates ultra-realistic fishing flies which are almost too detailed to be fished with! Ultra-realistic fly tying is now so incredibly detailed that fly tying a single ultra realistic fishing fly may take 40 man hours to create a single fly. Actually many fly fishermen use fly tying methods to tie what is called imitative or suggestive flies.

Fly Tying Imitative Flies

When fly tying to create an imitative or exact imitative fishing fly our fly tying is intended to replicate the original natural fly or insect. Fly tying and fly fishing using imitative or exact imitative flies is precise work as the fly tying demands anatomical perfection (exact imitation). The trouble is your fly tying may be an exact replica of say the grannom caddis but is only useful when that exact fly is about.

Fly Tying Suggestive or Impressionistic Flies

What does fly tying suggestive or fly tying impressionistic fishing flies mean? Actually we is fly tying to manufacture a food imitation that seem to be like the food eaten by prey fish. Fly tying flies that are impressionistic or suggestive is simpler to both fly tie and as importantly to fish. Examples of suggestive or impressionistic flies are are GRHE, Gold Ribbed Hares Ear, Woolly Buggers or Muddler minnows.

Fly Tying Materials

In the late 1800 ‘s to 1950 fly tying used exotic materials from rare bird species. Today things have changed, when fly tying there is a vast range of fly tying materials that can be used. Ranging from traditional fly tying furs like hare and fly tying feathers like pheasant tail. Fly tying synthetics like mylar tinsels, fly tying silks or fly tying threads. Modern fly tying threads like Semperfli Nano silk now exist in 12/0 size (50 denier) but they are virtually unbreakable do to the fly tying materials used to create these thread.

Fly tying materials including today include materials as divers as: Fly Tying Furs like Arctic Fox, Fly Tying Deer Hair, Goat Hair, Hare, Musk Rat Fur, Rabbit, Seals Fur, Skein Wool, Spike Guard Hair, Stoat Tails, and then fly tying feathers like Amherst Pheasant, Condor, Coot, Duck Quills, Guinea Fowl, Ibis, Indian Crow, Jay, Jungle Cock, Landrail Substitute, Ostrich, Peacock, Silver Pheasant, Starling, Widgeon and Woodcock.

Author Andrew Kitchener