Friday, March 7, 2014

Modern Tying

Millsdawg threw up a post yesterday about the transitions in tying that got me to thinking.  I am very fortunate that I was exposed to fly fishing at the very young age of 12.  At this time I also began tying flies.  I don't know why, I had plenty of other hobbies, but went hand in hand with fly fishing, and I loved it from the very beginning.  It likely comes from my mothers side and her creative ability.  I still remember some of the very basic steps that my uncle (one of the best fly tiers I know) gave me the one time that we tied together.  Wrap three times to keep your material stuck to the hook.  After nearly 20 years of tying, it has become therapy to me, as much if not more than fishing.  This winter I have been trying to crank it up a notch, and above is the results.

With the current round of social media it is amazing to see the great tiers from all over the world.  It would be so cool to be a kid getting into our sport right now.  Every fly you could ever imagine has a video of how to tie it on youtube, and the ability to connect with those that tie is unparalleled.  It has also created a network that is so strong for pushing the envelope.  Seeing flies from tiers like Stuart Foxall or my buddy Chou always keep the motor running.  What a great time to be wrapping bugs.

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