For those that have followed us on our website and on Facebook, you are sure to have seen coverage of our new video series on fly tying, and read of Randy’s history. Over the last few years, I have started to learn and enjoy this art form, and it has lead me to question its origins and history.
Modern fly tying has been around since the 1800’s, but I imagine early anglers used a variety of materials to mimic prey in the attempt to catch fish. However, early fly tiers did so by holding the hook in their fingers and applying various materials, rather than with the use of contemporary tools like a vice or whip finisher, but the principles haven’t really changed since the beginning.
Whether or not you are a fly fisherman, stop and look over a fly display sometime, and you will discover how detailed and varied this art form is! Of course, as with just about all fishing tackle, I think it is just as much about attracting the fisherman as it is luring the fish, LOL!
Being a crafter all of my life, I can appreciate Randy’s fly tying station – lined with tubs of various sizes, all labeled with contents: feathers, rabbit and squirrel pelt strips, threads, tinsels, and chenille, beads, hooks and all the rest. It is not often you can express your creative side by constructing something, then employ that item and your skill to catch dinner!