Handmade fishing flies

Today my friend Martin, who is ranked 2nd in Slovakia for individual fishing, brought me some of his homemade flies, lures, spinners and plugs to look at. My eyes strained just trying to focus on their minutae and I can’t imagine the patience he must have to craft tiny flies from feathers, deer hair and alder wood.  He even makes his own three pronged hooks because he can’t buy them small enough for his liking, nor sharp enough.

I love the idea of knowing the fish, river and season so well that you can create a lure which will attract your dinner, plus have the skill to fly rod. That’s a sport I might take up next year. My grandfather did it with a bamboo rod set up and maybe I’ll try the same. There’s something very natural and gentlemanly about fly fishing.

Published by Carpathian Adventure

My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically... I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell. My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal. For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit http://www.edwardotoole.com

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