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realistic flies for fishing and display can be fun and rewarding. It
can be relatively easy or as complex as you make it. Some people swear
they catch more fish and others are not convinced.
Some realistic fly tying legends include Ted Niemeyer, Bob Mead, Bill Blackstone, Bill Logan, Paul Whillock, Graham Owen, Jackson Leong and David Martin just to name a few.
There are some super realistic fly tyers who only use natural hair, fur and feathers and others who use anything available. It is a matter of choice and having fun and getting the desired results is the most important.
Some super realistic flies have sold for thousands of dollars, but don't start tying realistic and expect the money to flow. Most tyers of realistic flies do it for the love and challenge of the build. If you can make money at tying realistic flies would be great, but is not always the true reward.
tying a Realistic Black
Widow Spider is picking feathers that have the proper taper for the
legs. The beads are handmade using polymer clay and easy to make. This
fly was made for display purposes, but constructed to be fished. There
is an air pocket in the bead and it will float all day. The legs are stiff
for display purposes, but when fishing, crush the legs in the palm of
your hand for aerodynamic casting and movement in the water.
the case of the above black widow, it took about 30 minutes to attach
the bead and tie on the legs, but finding feather stems with the right
length and taper was time consuming. Often when tying realistic flies
for display, you can spend more time searching for just the right
materials than sitting down and actually tying.
The burnt piece of wood in the display
compliments the beetle with good effect. Mounted in a Tupperware style
container that you might actually use to keep a live insect specimen.
The lid is labeled and has ventilation holes for added suspense.
DISPLAY A FLY
Fly tying equipment and materials
reference guide. Learn how to tie
flies for fishing and display.
REALISTIC FLY TYING