Saturday, 21 February 2015

Fly tying for the Wilderness.

So fly tying as a wilderness skill is not the first thing that comes to people's minds. Normally you think about old men with a lot of time and money spending hours at purpose made benches, with expensive vices and the entire endangered species list in little bags around them. Well no, I'm  thinking about greatly increasing your chances to catch dinner with materials you will find lying around. 

Firstly you need some basic tools and you may already carry these with you. I'd start with the most essential things that do 90% of the tying work. These are:
- Scissors
- A needle
- A vice of sorts 
- A cake of coblers wax
- A bobbin holder (not essential but earns its keep)

Apart from the Vice these are items I carry in my sewing kit. I'd use hemostats as a vice, these are cheap and weigh very little. The benefit of having hemostats is that they are extremely useful in their own right.

So setting up first you will need to prepare your thread by rubbing wax on to it, simple enough, I find I can tie a size 12 hook with about 2.5' waxed. The wax makes it last longer. Then put your hook into the hemostats and lash it tightly to a log with whatever cordage you choose or have available. All pretty easy so far. Now comes the hard bit, learning to tie, and this requires a bit of practice and patience...... Infact I think it is a post in its own right.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Been a while.......

WLife can be a bit hectic in all honesty, part and parcel to having to have a job, pay bills and all the rest of that fun stuff. However I do promise to start posting again.

Well now the boring bit is over lets get down to some wilderness skills. The skill I will share with you is the art of Fly tying, whereby you use fur and feathers (natural things) to create an imitation of a fishes natural dinner....... Yummy.

It's true we all seem to have this addiction to carrying gear and or making it, fishing gear is no exception to this rule.
Here's a few pictures as to what is possible and I will make a mini series based on using only materials you can find and use in the wild..... IE no exotic or dyed stuff, although I might use some materials we all carry anyway.