A few weeks ago I submitted 5 pairs of my tied flies to the 2021 Missouri Trout Fisherman’s Association’s Fly Tying Contest. The results have now been published and, lo and behold, I won 3 divisions – Nymph, Dry Fly, and Wet Fly! My winning entries were a Woven Polish Nymph, a Western Green Drake, and a Fontinalis Fin.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve made quite a few updates to this Classic Fly Tying website. New pages have been added to fill in some of the history of the classic fly patterns I’ve selected for my collections. I’ve even added the references that inspired those collections. Check out the Wet Flies and Dry Flies pages to read some of that history. There you can also get a close-up view of all the flies that are included in each collection.
After checking out those pages, you might get the feeling that I’m a history buff … and you’d be right. I absolutely love digging into the historical books that have been written by the old-timers. One of them even goes back over five centuries! I’ve learned A LOT about fly-fishing and fly-tying from those old books and I’m certainly wiser every time I take a journey down that old memory lane. The works of Frederic M. Halford are certainly near the top of my “all-time favorite” list. Check out his amazing instructions on fly tying from 1886. I’ve extracted some of it to my Fly Dressing page. If you’re a fly tyer or are even considering the subject, you won’t be disappointed.
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