The art of fly-tying
There are a number of reasons why anglers choose to make their own flies; to save money, to produce the latest patterns that are not commercially available, or to have the satisfaction of catching a fish with a fly of their own creation. Some are interested in inventing new designs with the hope that these will win competitions and will gain them fame and notoriety. However, fly-tying is not restricted to anglers and there are those that consider fly-tying to be an art-form.The craft of fly tying is challenging and requires great skill and experience which makes it an attractive and absorbing pastime.
Picture shows a Rainbow Sunset Classic Salmon Fly tied by Mark Roberts
Traditionally, flies have been constructed from a combination of fur and feather materials that are tied onto a hook. Most materials are inexpensive and readily available but some of the classic flies incorporate rare feathers and for this reason are mainly of interest to dedicated tyers. Whatever the reason for tying, the creation of flies for the purpose of catching fish completes the fishing experience.
An unique blend of skills
Fly dressing has so many aspects, including an understanding of basic entomology, the identification and selection of fly-tying materials and how to work with them, tying techniques and the intriguing history of fly pattern development, as well as artistic creativity. Primarily the fly patterns are designed to catch fish by deception but they can also be considered as works of art that can be framed and put on display. However, and more importantly, fly-tying provides enjoyment and a sense of achievement at all skill levels from the novice to the master tyer.