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Welcome to the world of "Realistic Fly Tying" by Bill Blackstone

Creative Realism Realistic Fly Tying


I'm not the brightest person in the world, but I have been at the tying bench a good many years.  Most of that time tying patterns you see in every fly shop on the planet.

When you look at the regular traditional patterns, don't you wonder sometimes what the fish really sees, and what makes them eat a fly that really dosen't look real.  (And all this time we've been telling ourselves fish are smart.)


Well that thought came to me one day while tying on a fly when a real Mayfly settled on my finger right above the artificial fly. It wasn't until I hooked my next fish that my mind wondered what the fish ever saw in that fly since it was not even close to the real thing.  Maybe the size, maybe the float, maybe the color, although all these factors were close, the real bug was still much different.


Again those thoughts came back to me later when I was back at the vise.  That day literally changed my life.  It was the first time I experimented with realism.  What you see today is a continued effort in replication.  Taking one bug at a time, I've worked continuously to design patterns that look like the bug itself.  I call it the "creative realism", and I hope you enjoy what you see.


Warmest Regards,

Bill Blackstone