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The Fly Tying of Fred Klein

Grizzly King Bucktail Streamer

My name is Fred Klein, I am from Pennsylvania and started tying flies over 40 years ago with my mother’s wooden clothes pin and sketches from library books.

My family moved to an old farmhouse in the woods with a spring stream and cold pond full of brook trout. My first fly rod was a gift when I was ten years old over 40 years ago. What a gift that was! I started tying flies using a wooden clothes pin as a vice from library book sketches. We had several trout streams near home including the Schuylkill River (Dutch for Hidden River) as well as the Appalachian Mountains.

Being drawn to the wilderness I have pursued wild brown and brook trout with the fly. The beauty and artistry of the old flies as well as fishing with very old fly rods has been my passion.

Tying flies from painted plates from classic books such as Mary Orvis Marbury’s Favorite Flies’1892, and Ray Bergman’s Trout ‘1938 has been a captivating artistic endeavor bringing the beautiful, colorful flies from the golden days of fly fishing alive.

These old patterns are still as functional on the streams and rivers today as they were centuries ago. I have broken away from following the popular styles of today’s fly tying and fishing to pursue trout with the tools of yesterday.

If you want to see more of Fred’s flies and keep up on his latest, follow him on Instagram @haresear100

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Paul Slaney – take 2

Back in March I highlighted the fly tying of Paul Slaney. Well, I wanted to post an update on some flies Paul has been tying, because he has been on fire! Check out his stuff below.

Royal Wulff

Royal Wulff

Picnic Herl Bugs

Picnic Herl Bugs

Imperial

Imperial

indicator dry

indicator dry

Fox n Orange jig

Fox n Orange jig

variant

Humpy

Humpy

soft hackles

soft hackles

Olive Quills

Olive Quills

Cree Adams

Cree Adams

nymphs

blue

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Fly tying of Paul Slaney

My name is Paul Slaney and I live, work and fish in the Usk Valley, in South Wales, UK. I may be biased, but the river and landscape here is a constant source of inspiration for me. I’m a lucky guy.

Many years ago I was captivated by a photograph of a box of Canadian salmon flies tied by the late Warren Duncan. This started me down the path of tying and fishing these bugs and when I heard that Warren was coming to the UK, I tied a box just like his and traveled to his demonstration to show him.

I quickly sensed that I was in the presence of greatness and instantly realized with some embarrassment that my offering was a parody of the real thing. However Warren showed nothing but interest and support and took the time to help point me in the right direction.

I’ve wrapped a lot of hackles since then and somewhere along the way I’ve worn the finish off the jaws of my vice, but after all that time, it still amazes me that a dry written recipe in a dusty old book, can be turned into a beautiful Salmon fly that inspires hope for the big one.

Tying flies (any flies) and researching their history became an obsession that has stayed with me all my adult life and I’m honored that Paul contacted me for some photos for this great blog.

http://flytying.me

Email Paul at flytyingcrazy@gmail.com

Hairwings:

A variation on the Usk Grub.

A variation on the Usk Grub.

Made famous by the late Lionel Sweet of Sweets Fishing Tackle in the town of Usk in Monmouthshire. It’s the archetypal Usk Salmon fly. Some say the it’s the fly that all other shrimp flies are based on. I don’t know about that? but ask any fisher around here and they will have a few in their box. This is how I like them.

The Leslie Peters

The Leslie Peters

Another local fly to my area, the Leslie Peters shows the black and yellow colours that are also popular on our river. And I dare say, anywhere else salmon or sea trout swim.

Silver Stoat

Silver Stoat

If I only had one fly!….. well this is it. Well perhaps a Blue Charm as well.

Rutledge

Rutledge

A beautiful fly from Canada. Where many fantastic tiers uphold a long tradition and style of tying that I admire. This just screams to be put on the leader in clear, cold water.

Laxa Blue

Laxa Blue

A striking fly from Iceland, this variation is a great fly for Sea Run Browns here in Wales.

Cascade (variation)

Cascade (variation)

Born from the famous Ally’s Shrimp, this must be one of the most popular Salmon Flies in the UK and I suspect in many places worldwide. A wonderful combination of materials and colours.

Arndilly Fancy

Arndilly Fancy

Originated by Megan Boyd, this one has always been a favourite of mine. Alan original would be a collectors item.

McConomy's Goat

McConomy’s Goat

A new fly to me, one I found recently in a modest book by Jimmy Younger. I need to contact Jimmy and find out more about it. It’s got to be a killer.

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