If you’re familiar with my website you will know that I post quite a bit of information on fly tying. However, another part of my website is an online store where I have flies that have been tied and mounted in a shadow boxes available for purchase. I have at least 8 different themed collections of flies in a couple of different frame sizes.
I’ve been tying them for a little while now and have finally come to my senses and began updating the watermarks that appear on the background of the framed flies. Initially, I just had some fancy feathers in the backgrounds, and they looked okay, but my daughter demanded that I do something better.
Here are the first few watermarks I have updated. These are the 5×7’s. The one on the left is pretty obvious – two bass. The one on the right is an old picture of Ray Bergman tying a fly. If you can read the fine print, the flies in this collection are from his 1938 book titled Trout. It seemed fitting to me.
Here is one of the 8×10’s. Two rainbow trout.
All things considered, they look pretty nice when covered with the flies.
A while ago I wrote a blog post called “Nymphs Too!”. The reason for the post was that I had just won the “Nymph” division at the 2021 MTFA Fly Tying Contest and I wanted to publish my fly tying method for that fly. Since then, I pulled together some additional classic fly patterns and created a product variation for a set of these Classic Nymphs.
One of the classic nymphs, my award-winning Polish Nymph, has been a great fly for me. It’s a caddisfly larva imitation and the colors can be varied as much as there is embroidery floss – hundreds of colors and shades. A skein of cotton floss is under a buck and will make a great many flies. I do like polyester floss for the underside because it comes in brighter colors that don’t fade when wet. The weaving is what gives the fly the realistic texture and the link on the Fly Tying Card shows you how it’s done.
Regarding the remainder of the classic nymphs in the collection, I’m sure you’re familiar with some (Copper John, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear, Prince Nymph) and perhaps not familiar with the rest. The namesake Classic Nymph is an amazing looking mayfly nymph imitation and is one I need to try out in the water. It’s beautiful! The red quill abdomen, the curved wood duck fiber tails, and the red dot on top of the head seem very realistic to me. The Tellico Nymph also caught my eye and made its way into the collection. The shell-like back gives it the appearance of a scud. This one needs to get wet for me as well.
The following Classic Nymphs are included in this collection. You can find a detailed photo and description of each fly in the Classic Nymphs Collection on my Nymphs webpage.
Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear
Sawyer’s Pheasant Tail Prince Nymph
A Framed Fly Collection for the eight classic nymphs is available under the Framed Flies (5×7) product in my online store.
A set of fly tying cards for the Classic Nymph collection has also been created. These are (a) viewable at the bottom of my Fly Tying Cards webpage, or (b) available in printed form (for a small fee) under the Fly Tying Cards (Printed) product in my online store.
I’ve been away too long (again!) but now I’ll try to catch up.
Deep down in my website is a page called Custom Fly Tying but it is still under construction. I’m now in the process of constructing it. Some time ago, I met with some friends and showed them several of my Framed Fly Collections. They really liked several of the 5×7 frames and also the 8×10 but they just couldn’t decide which one to go with. After some pondering, we came up with the idea of a combination. I would take 3 flies from each of 6 collections and merge them into one large frame. And here is what I came up with:
There are rows of nymphs, wet flies, lake flies, trout flies, bass flies, and even a row of realistic dry flies. The blue ribbon icons mark my three award winning flies from the 2021 Branson Fly Fishing Expo. Another custom feature is background image – a birthday cake. The sky is the limit!
This fly collection contains 8 dry flies tied as they appear in Frederic M. Halford’s 1886 book “Floating Flies and How To Dress Them”. You can read more about Frederic Halford and his book in the References section on our Dry Flies page.
The following Halford Dry Flies are included in this collection. You can find a detailed photo and description of each fly in the Halford Dry Fly Collection on our Dry Flies page.
This fly collection contains 8 dry flies tied in the style inspired by Theodore Gordon, the father of American dry fly fishing. You can read more about Theodore Gordon in the References section on our Dry Flies page.
A new Framed Flies collection is now available! Frames are now available in Gray and White as well as Black!
This collection contains 8 bass flies from Mary Orvis Marbury’s 1892 book “Favorite Flies And Their Histories”. You can read more about Mary Orvis Marbury and her book in the References section on our Wet Flies page.
This collection contains 8 lake flies from Mary Orvis Marbury’s 1892 book “Favorite Flies And Their Histories”. You can read more about Mary Orvis Marbury and her book in the References section on our Wet Flies page.