Published Aug 20. 2019 - 4 years ago
Updated or edited Aug 23. 2019

Today’s Fly

Over the years I have collected a ton of flies, tied by all kinds of tyers. I have started publishing pictures of of these flies.

Italian stonefly
Italian stonefly
Martin Joergensen

I have been around fly tyers and fly fishermen a lot; at shows, at demonstrations, fishing, meeting privately and even acquainting them online, and many of these meetings incorporate an exchange of flies. Sometimes two ways, some times one way. No matter the direction I have managed to be given a lot of flies.
I have always been very pleased and thankful when receiving a fly from someone. It's a sign of appreciation, even friendship – although sometimes, I have to admit, it can just seem like an act of marketing from the tyer... but that's another story.
I still take the flies that I'm given, appreciate them – and store them...

Two large boxes

So I now have a couple of large boxes, which contain flies mailed to me or given to me over the years, and there has to be hundreds of flies in these boxes. The flies are just stored there for no good other than safekeeping. I have framed a few and taken out some to look at and even to photograph and use in articles, but most live a hidden life in obscurity.
That's too bad!

...there's a lot of nice flies, which I have no recollection of how I got!

A box full
A box full
Martin Joergensen

There's a lot of interesting flies tied by some interesting people in those boxes. I have to admit that there's a lot of nice flies, which I have no recollection of how I got! Nice flies with no name attached to them, no pattern name, no origin, no provenance.
I'd like to do something about that, and by taking pictures and putting them out in public, I might be able to find the tyer and refresh my memory on how the fly wound up in my ownership.
So from now on I will shoot pictures of these flies and post them here. One at the time with a few day's interval. You can enjoy the flies and use them for inspiration for your tying, and if you recognize an unknown fly and maybe even recognize it as your own, please let me know, and I'll add the originator and the story to the fly image.
Any other stories attached to the fly, the pattern or its tyer is also very welcome. Feel free to comment below the fly, or to drop me a mail with your comments, and I will make sure to attach all relevant information to the fly.

My "studio"

I have set up a small "studio" next to my vise, with a semi-permanently fixed camera and light, which means that I can quickly set up a fly and take a picture or two. Everything is adjusted to take fly pictures: the right lens, proper exposure settings, lots of light. I just have to place the fly, focus, press the shutter release and transfer the file. I might even tether the camera to a computer and get the file directly on my local network, ready to convert and transfer online.

My studio
The bench
My studio
Martin Joergensen

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