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Fly Tying

UV torches and resins. Fly tyers eagerly embrace new materials and technologies and they were quick to experiment with Loon Knot Sense when it arrived on the market, along with the small torch which emitted ultraviolet light that quickly cured the resin. Click in images to enlarge them Where it…
Fail to plan, Plan to fail. Ok, this title is one heavy cliché, I know, but that said, clichés are clichés because they’re clichés! ‘Fail to plan, Plan to fail.’ This statement is so true, mind you, in life too, not just in fly tying. So many tyers attack a…
The first of a series of five weekly fly tying tips from Gordon. Says Gordon: So what started as a quick chirp on an email to friends has now grown wings and here we are, the first instalment with photos by a genius photographer. Drew , you were the catalyst…
An ingenious split-winged single feather mayfly imitation by ace Italian CDC expert, Agostino Roncallo – a wonderful pattern that almost outdoes his celebrated Mirage dry fly for simplicity and elegance! Says Agostino: I like patterns I can tie easily with just one CDC hackle and in my books, “Magie in…

The Sparse Brassie by Ed Herbst.

Monday, 09 February 2015 13:51
In the past year I have come to the belated decision that for almost four decades I have been tying flies that are too big, too bright, too complicated and take too long to tie. In part, I suppose, it was the result of narrowing objectives. I want my flies…