Fly Tying: Franz Pott & The Pott Flies

“Pott flies were the creation of Franz Pott, a German immigrant who set up shop as a wig maker in Missoula and soon found a passion for fly-fishing on nearby streams and rivers. Pott devised and patented a method of weaving animal hair into insect imitations that proved to be very attractive to local trout, and began a commercial fly-tying operation that continued for many years.

Each Pott fly came individually packaged, affixed to a card bearing the words “The Pott Trout Flies-Hand Woven Hair Flies,” in block letters, accompanied by Franz Pott’s hand-drawn trademark proclaiming the “Mite Family” and including Pott’s signature.”  Greg Tollefson @ Missoulian Weaving the Abdomen

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