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Mich451
02-02-2001, 05:33 PM
Okay...I finally am putting up a picture of one of the flies I tie. Now quit "buggin" me about it. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
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pixelscapes
02-02-2001, 11:57 PM
Speaking as a fellow sculptor of dangerous bugs... keep up the good work. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

And yours actually get an opportunity to serve their purpose! It brings a tear to my eye.

-=- Jen "Bugger" de la Cruz

paintfool
02-04-2001, 11:59 PM
Beautiful Mich!
Cheryl

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tess2000
05-14-2001, 01:02 AM
Dear Paintfool,

I always wondered how these were made. It amazes me how realistic they look in and out of the water. Even in action it amazes me. Yours is very cool! Do you have a site that shows how you make these? Like what materials are used, how do you start, how to finish, etc.

This would be a great hobby! I'd like to have an entire display of them. I've never fly fished before but always wanted to learn the art. Here in Texas is mostly bass and catfish for me and even that is difficult to find time for. Lures are pretty awesome in design and have always held my interest.

How did you get started making them?

Very Cool!
Tess

CkA
05-15-2001, 08:34 PM
{{{Mich}}} this is really beautiful & cool! I really agreed with & liked your response in the'burning ears' thread also ...

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Cindy!!!

"Art is neither a profession nor a hobby. Art is a way of being." Frederick Franck

Mich451
05-16-2001, 12:40 AM
Psssttt...Tess. Mich, over here. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

I have been tying flies since I was a kid growing up in Colorado. My family fly fished, and dad decided it would be cheaper to use flies we (meaning me) tied, so he had an artist he worked with teach me. I would be out by the stream either painting or tying flies, and I slowly began getting a following of people who bought my flies and/or paintings.

Tying seems to come easier to those who are also artistic, and women are generally acknowledged as the better tiers. There are a lot of books that can teach the basics to you, and there are websites and forums for tiers that can be an enormous help for the beginner.

Go to http://www.flyshop.com/ first and look around The Virtual Flyshop. Click on the Fly Tier's Bench and there you will see lots of goodies that will be useful to your quest. In particular, click through on "Fly-tying Board". You can read through the posts or post questions, and will get some very patient help from a lot of pros.

This site http://www.troutflies.com/ has some tutorials and links that are very helpful. Do check out the links.

Other than that don't know what else to tell you. We are working on a fishing page, and hope to have tying demos in the future, http://www.angelfire.com/id2/flyfishing/ but they will be geared toward tiers who are advanced in the craft. Right now we just post flies that clients have questions about, and want to see the patterns before they order.

If you get started and enjoy it...there will be no shortage of "bibles" that you will need to put in your library to get you up to speed.

Hope this answered your questions.

paintfool
05-16-2001, 10:41 PM
Thnaks for the links Mich. I'll be checking them out as soon as i have a few minutes. I've always found this fly tying art to be very interesting!
Cindys' post sent me scurrying back to the afore mentioned thread and i agree with your thoughts on that too. It was very well stated. Probably the best i've seen it stated yet to be honest and it even made me smile.
Cheryl

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Mich451
05-17-2001, 04:24 PM
Thanks Ladies...

I found that through the years, tying has become very relaxing and sometimes zen. (except if I am rushing out an order of 30 dozen, http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/eek.gif, and even then sometimes).

There are times you get in the zone and you have done twice what you normally do, and remember very little of that time except that your brain feels relaxed and refreshed, as if you had just meditated for an hour.

It would make a good party trick too, except you'ld have to carry too much junk.

mame
06-03-2001, 05:09 PM
Hi Mich451. Are you by any chance in the Idaho Triennial this year? I zipped through the exhibit but now that I think about it there was a work that looked very much like your flies. I'm in Boise.

Mich451
06-04-2001, 05:37 PM
Mame...

No, I was not in the Idaho Triennial. I suppose flies would be a common subject here though, what with all the fly fishing water. I mostly do pen and inks of flies when I do them at all, and have never really wanted to paint them. I see too many up close and personal...lol. I am in the Sun Valley area so have plenty of water to fish.

mame
06-04-2001, 06:52 PM
Tx Mich. These were enameled sculptural things. Pretty interesting. Just wondered. Dreaming of fly fishing and white water rafting,
Mame