Retired Electrical Engineer & Fly Fisherman
Burnt Hills, New York
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July 11, 2002
Glenburnie-on-Lake George, New York
This is the rotary fly tying vise. It's an Orvis, made of brass and stainless steel. It's my favorite, the one I like to use the best for tying tiny flies much smaller than this, used for trout fishing in the Northeast. I put this one in so we could see it but I fish with MUCH smaller flies. The vise is used to hold the hook while you're tying the fly. This fly is a streamer and it would be used for catching fish like pike or salmon.
My friend Dick Hermida had tied a salmon fly on a pin for my granddaughter Rachel because she wanted one for her birthday like the one her mother had. This past winter Rachel,who is nine, surprised me by asking if she could tie a fly. She was very, very excited about trying to learn fly tying. We sat together and tied a yellow wooly bugger. Now, I would show her how to tie each step and then I would undo it and let her do it on her own. The fly was beautifully tied. She has delicate hands and terrific patience. When she finished tying it, I kept it because I was afraid she might hook herself.
I love to fish with my flies in the streams that are on the border between New York and Vermont, such as the Battenkill and the Walloomsac Rivers. The point I'd like to make about fly tying is that it's a great way to spend cold evenings in the wintertime, sitting near the fireplace and thinking about last summer's fishing trips. The reason that you tie flies is to be able to catch a trout with a fly that you've tied.