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Tying realistic flies for fishing and display can be fun and rewarding. It can be relatively easy or as complex as you make it. Some people swear they catch more fish and others are not  convinced.

Some realistic fly tying legends include Ted Niemeyer, Bob Mead, Bill Blackstone, Bill Logan, Paul Whillock, Graham Owen, Jackson Leong and David Martin just to name a few.

Realistic Fly by Bill Blackstone
Realistic Fly by Bill Blackstone
Photo taken at the 2012 NW Fly Tyers
and Fly Fishing Expo

There are some super realistic fly tyers who only use natural hair, fur and feathers and others who use anything available. It is a matter of choice and having fun and getting the desired results is the most important.

Some super realistic flies have sold for thousands of dollars, but don't start tying realistic and expect the money to flow. Most tyers of realistic flies do it for the love and challenge of the build. If you can make money at tying realistic flies would be great, but is not always the true reward.

Realistic Black Widow Spider Fly
Black Widow Spider
This Realistic Fly used a custom designed
bead for the body and feather quills for the
legs. It is relatively simple to construct once
you figure out proportions and the best taper.
The legs were colored black with a permanent
marker.

Black Widow legs
Realistic Black Widow Legs
The feather quills have been stripped
and dyed black. We have used permanent
markers, fingernail polish and other
techniques to color the quills.

The secret to tying a Realistic Black Widow Spider is picking feathers that have the proper taper for the legs. The beads are handmade using polymer clay and easy to make. This fly was made for display purposes, but constructed to be fished. There is an air pocket in the bead and it will float all day. The legs are stiff for display purposes, but when fishing, crush the legs in the palm of your hand for aerodynamic casting and movement in the water.

In the case of the above black widow, it took about 30 minutes to attach the bead and tie on the legs, but finding feather stems with the right length and taper was time consuming. Often when tying realistic flies for display, you can spend more time searching for just the right materials than sitting down and actually tying.

Realistic Beattle
Super Realistic Beetle

The burnt piece of wood in the display compliments the beetle with good effect. Mounted in a Tupperware style container that you might actually use to keep a live insect specimen. The lid is labeled and has ventilation holes for added suspense.

DISPLAY A FLY
Ideas about displaying flies.

LINKS:
http://realisticfly.blogspot.com
Blog by David Martin

http://davidmartinsrealisticflies.yolasite.com
Some photos of David Martin realistic Flies

http://www.realisticflytying.net
Realistic Fly Tying by Fred G. Hannie

http://www.grahamowengallery.com

FLY TYING INSTRUCTION
http://www.flytyinginstruction.com
Fly tying equipment and materials
reference guide. Learn how to tie
flies for fishing and display.

REALISTIC FLY TYING