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    Photo by Sue Atkinson

The picture above shows me fishing at Glacier National Park.  A couple of minutes later I landed a nice cutthroat trout on a veiled midge fly.  The recipie for the fly with step by step pics and directions are contained in the chapter on flies in Behind the Fly.  I tied it on my Workhorse Vise.  Full directions and plans for building the Workhorse Vise are contianed in Chapter 4 of the book.



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  Behind the Fly

     I have read many books and articles that recommend that the beginning fly tyer should invest in the best fly tying vise he or she can afford.  When a dollar figure is attached to a “good” beginner’s vise it is often in the $50 to $75 price range.  The rationale is that a low cost tool can be more difficult to use, and will distract from the fly tying experience.  I have even seen the total cost of entering fly-tying stated as $150 to $400.  Yikes!  I take a very different approach in my recommendation.  If you build your own vise and tie flies on it, you are well on your way to years of enjoying fly-tying and fishing. 

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A fly tying vise made from 3 "C" Clamps


     Photo by Aaron Engelman

The picture above shows me tying on one of my unique fly tying vises. I built it from hardware purchased from flea markets, garage sales, and second hand stores. The base is an end of line electrical insulator rated for 24,000 volts. Other utility company hardware used to construct this vise includes a dog legged eye bolt, and a guy wire cable clamp. This image was taken at a local library, the Sidney Memorial Public Library, that hosted an exhibit of my fly tying vises and flies.  Several of my vises can be seen in the glass showcases behind me.





" Fishermen, hunters, wood choppers, and 

others, spending their lives in the fields and woods, in a peculiar 

sense a part of Nature themselves, are often in a more favorable 

mood for observing her, in the intervals of their pursuits, than 

philosophers or poets even, who approach her with expectation." 

from Walden, by Henry David Thoreau 



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