Nothing is safe around a fly fisherman who is making a fly.
Sitting in Goldstock’s Sporting Goods on this afternoon, John Morrette was tying flies and naming a laundry list of items, including fur, feathers and synthetic materials, that could be used to make the lures. “Anything that we can find to use that’s gonna help us reproduce something that looks like a living insect,” he said.
The sporting goods store was filled all day with like-minded people who were around for the 12th Cabin Fever Fly-Tiers Expo. Two rows of tables were set up with about a dozen men preparing their flies, as others watched nearby and chatted about the progress.
“Basically what we’re doing is tying flies that are representational of the bugs fish eat,” Morrette said. The true test comes when they finally go fishing, with the fish being the ultimate judge of how lifelike their work appears.
Tying flies involves a vice grip, scissors and potentially a magnifying glass. Morrette said a fly could be made in five minutes if someone was really chugging along or 10 minutes if someone was taking his time. “You can get thousands of flies done in the winter time and have enough for the next summer,” he said.
The expo continues Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.