Tying Flies on Hat Pins

PhotoGrid_1414808938833 2Guest Blogger: Eunan Hendron, Classic Fly Tyer

While surfing the J Stockard catalog I came across the listing for hat pins which sparked a memory. Many years ago, when I was a kid, a lot of folks had a desire for classic Atlantic salmon flies tied on hat pins or brooch pins to wear as accessories. As you can imagine, there is not a huge concentration of fishermen who tie classic flies, so I’d never seen one, but often heard them talked about.

I ordered half a dozen hatpins and decided that rather than tie Atlantic salmon flies on them, I’d tie some classic wet flies. Reason for this being that the proportions of the hooks combined with the complexity of the salmon flies can make for a lot of ‘failures’.

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Eunan Hendron, Classic Fly Tyer

eunanhendron_cropGuest Blogger: Eunan Hendron, Eunan blogs @ Addicted to Vise
I started tying flies around the age of 12 to fish still water winter competitions on Lough Cowey, Northern Ireland with my dad. After an 18 year break, I again took up fly tying a little over three years ago when my adventure into tying classic style flies began. For the most part I tie winged wet flies, Rangeley (Maine) Style streamers and Atlantic salmon flies as well as some dry flies. It’s been an interesting journey through the classics, and now the vast majority of my flies are from Bergman, Malone, Saracen, Stevens, Kelson, Pryce-Tannatt, Ephemera, Hardy, Tolfrey, amongst many others. I still tie flies for fishing and with my adventure into classics, my general tying has improved immensely. I highly recommend that any fly tyer have a try at classic style flies; you will no doubt see the improvement I’ve seen.

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Classic Flies Improve Your Tying Skills

That First Jock Scott
That First Jock Scott

From Guest Blogger: Eunan Hendron, Eunan blogs @ Addicted to Vise

In December 2011 I got back on the tying wagon after about 12 years off. I decided I wanted to tie a classic salmon fly, the Jock Scott. I got all my materials together and tied that sucker for all I was worth, and it was rubbish. Undeterred, I tied a similarly poor effort, and subsequently ended up on a tying journey since then which has brought me both great dismay yet an immeasurable amount of pleasure that still continues today.

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