Tying & The Fly Tyer
Today modern materials like Nano Silk & synthetics are used, however primitive patterns actually existed as long go as the 3rd Century AD when the writer known as Aelianus detailed fly fishing for fish with flies. It was described as "..... they fasten crimson wool around the hook and fix onto the wool two feathers".
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Materials, Supplies and Equipment
Fly dressing is the art of using materials like natural furs and feathers and turning them into fishing flies using specialist tools and vices. We have everything required with stunning ranges from major manufacturers like Semperfli and Veniard - stunning tools kits, the best in scissors and bobbin holders for sale and delivered world-wide.
Hooks are the essential starting point so we stock stunning Kamasan, Veniard Osprey, Partridge in 25, 100 and 1000 packs plus Umpqua's range at stunning value with 50 hooks in a packet with their magnets to stop the hooks falling out, check our range of hooks
In 1800's to 1950's tyers used exotic materials from rare bird species. Today there is a vast range of alternative dressings that can be used from furs like hare and feathers like cock pheasant tail. Modern synthetics are renewable and consistent, materials like mylar tinsels, silks or threads. Modern threads like Semperfli Nano silk now exist in 12/0 size (50 denier), 18/0 (30 denier) and 6/0 (100 denier) but they are virtually unbreakable.
The Changing World of Materials
Tying or dressing fishing flies is an ancient art form. Fishing flies have been "dressed" with fur, feather plus natural materials to imitate genuine flies or dressing fishing flies like traditional dressed salmon flies over the last centuries. Often people credit Isaac Walton and his 1676 edition of The Compleat Angler as the earliest days of fly fishing and tying. In 1496 Dame Juliana Berners wrote the Treatise of Fishing with an Angle what described techniques utilizing similar materials to the Macedoneans.