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Old Nov 15, 2010, 6:00 AM   #1
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Some of you know that I really enjoying fishing, especially flyfishing. This is time of year when I start tying flies for the next season. I also enjoy taking photographs of some of the concoctions that I tie.

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Dang, Zig, those are really intricate and beautiful. I'm not knowledgeable in the fly-fishing/tying arena but I'm sure those are excellent. I *do* know they are well-captured with the camera!
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Zig: how long does it take to make one of those? Where do you get your base materials and how do you design one? The photos really capture the detail that you put into making one of those.
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Dang, Zig, those are really intricate and beautiful. I'm not knowledgeable in the fly-fishing/tying arena but I'm sure those are excellent. I *do* know they are well-captured with the camera!

Hi Gary,

Thanks. I appreciate the kind words.
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Zig: how long does it take to make one of those? Where do you get your base materials and how do you design one? The photos really capture the detail that you put into making one of those.

Hi Steven,

The time varies by the specific fly, but on average, about 15 minutes or so.
Some of the intricate salmon flies take me a couple of hours or more.

Now, you might say that sounds crazy to put that kind of time into making something that is more for show than catching fish. But, I like the challange. I tie these flies for my own pleasure, first then for catching fish second.

As to where this material comes from. Well, I get my materials from mail order houses, friends who hunt birds and deer, and I've accumulated all kinds of hard to find feathers and fur from local shops that I visited in my first life as a sales rep working the Northeast.

I have material purchased over 40years ago that is still perfectly fine although, I use it sparingly.

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You've really got your process down, Zig. Both in the making of them and then taking the pictures of them!
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