A Brief History of Feathers

granted, and in a simplistic way, knowing how feathers developed over millions of years won’t be a game changer whether we’re tying flies with them or fishing but, it’s still cool. enjoy !

as an aside, next time a fellow angler asks to see the fly you’re catching on, you could always tell them that it has dinosaur components. i’m sure they’ll take a pass next time they want to ask…

Winged Wets- Two contrasted versions

both classics, both at the extremes of fly profile volume yet both equally effective.

to start off, a lovely paired waterhen winged Iron Blue Dun from Davie McPhail for when the fishes want something big(ish).

and a beautiful and very sparse Clyde-style Teal and Black from Peter McCallum via Magnus Angus / Fly Fishing and Fly Tying for when they’re into eating the smaller/thinner delicate morsels.

for more wet flies previously posted on TLC click here. enjoy !

the Origami Wing

by Jens Pilgaard via flytying.dk

pretty huh ?

“This way of using the feathers own structure added another dimension into the final results by bringing natural curves and lines into my flies that I had never seen before. I was amazed by the similarity of the wings from real insects and the artificial ones made out of a single feather. Shortly after this I discovered, that this way of using the feathers gave me some unforeseen advantages that I could use, not only in my super realistic flies, but also in my fishing flies.”

origami_wing_3 fast, simple and gorgeous and all you need to make one is a feather, tweezers and a few fingers. as pointed out be sure to only use one feather per fly to avoid horrendous, frustrating tippet/leader twist whilst casting. paired wings may appeal to the angler but fish can’t count !

“Last but not least I find it very satisfying to be able to tie a fly that is beautiful as well as functional. It sorts of gives me a greater pleasure of performing my hobby whether it is sitting tying the flies or fishing with them on a nice and sunny day in June.”

in the end that’s what it’s all about. feeling good, confident and most of all having fun throughout the whole process of fly fishing with all it’s various elements. does it really matter in terms of fish-catching efficiency if a dry fly has realistic wings ? not really and there are innumerable successful patterns to prove this but, if the angler ‘believes’ in the fly, if it has that special mojo, then it magically catches more fish. that’s hardly scientific but catching more fish generally tends to bring more happiness to the angler and that’s scientific !

click on either pic to access the full step-by-step. enjoy !