Making Your Own Flies
Many anglers now make their own flies and it is pleasant work for winter evenings and bad days. Of materials, feathers of all colors and especially those of waterfowl are used; also fur of moles, mice and rabbits, whiskers of rabbits, silk floss and silk thread, tinsel (gold and silver), worsted yarn of various colors, mohair, seals fur, and for finishing, varnish; also wax for the silk is needed. These materials as well as hooks and gut, may be purchased from any large dealer. I could not devote space here to telling how to make artificial flies, but can tell of the materials and colors for some of the most popular. If any angler desires to make his own flies, he should purchase an assortment, one of each, and keep them for patterns.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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