Fly Tying at the Molecular Level

November 14, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

Jens Pilgaards Origami Wings

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Bill Logan ties flies. Little flies. And big flies with little details. “You need to examine Logan’s creations with a magnifying glass to appreciate the minute detail that he reproduces with bits of fur and feathers. His flies transcend the line between fly tying and fine art.” Bill Becher on ESPN.com.
Andrew C. Revkin also profiled Logan for The New York Times back in 1998: “Wielding a paintbrush with bristles finer than a baby’s lashes, he dabbed varnish onto a near-perfect imitation of a green drake, or Ephemera guttulata, a burrowing aquatic insect. Hidden in the one-inch curl of the creature’s body was the only obvious sign that it was not real — a fish hook.”
Of course Logan is only one of many tiers practicing the art of ultra-realism in fly creation. More devotees: Graham Owen, Steve Thornton, and Paul Whillock.

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