Fly Tying: Are The Materials Sacred?

I was just recently talking to a friend about a beginning fly tying class they had just completed. My friend remarked how the instructor embarrassed the beginning tier in front of the classmates for failing to properly cut the material for use on the fly. The not so delicate implication was the student was being disrespectful to the material, wasteful and to the creature that had given up its hide in the process by not cutting the material from the hide close enough. Hmmm? Seriously?

Now, I appreciate there are endangered critters out there protected and hence we most probably should not use the critter’s fur, hair or feathers because of that protected status. But, beyond that is it coming to the point that now the materials are sacred?

BS I say. My $$$, my choice to hoard, waste or share. Such foolery! Like moralizing away over the waste not, want not, ways of utilizing every ounce of a harvested whale or cariboo.

Save it righteous one for bigger issues. Like all the premium hackles being scarfed up for head bands, hair weaves and earrings. What say you pious one to that?

3 Responses to “Fly Tying: Are The Materials Sacred?”

  1. February 25, 2011 at 11:16

    I say feel free to waste material– that’s just more support for the fly shops when people buy more. Heck, I don’t even mind the jewelry making taking up feathers– If I had a fly shop I’d market towards it. Plus, it’s nice to see some diversity in the fly shops and maybe the fly fishing demographic will widen due to increased exposure?


  2. 2 Mad Max
    February 25, 2011 at 06:53

    I can see if you receive or harvest materials from hunting that it is a shame to waste it. That is your business and your values at play. It is like having a freezer full of fish that gets freezer burned…waste. Your business. But, that inner voice hopefully comes into play to not waste again, in the future. That is respect for the resource. But, I don’t need some self important twit standing over me pointing a finger. He might find it inserted where the sun don’t shine!


  3. 3 Mike Jesperson
    February 25, 2011 at 06:36

    Nonsense! This is an aberration of one self absorbed asshole holding sway over newbies. Respect for traditions and the heritage of the sport, for sure. But, the over use or waste of a tier that purchased the material at a shop; harvested from hunting or secured from a friend is no one’s business. I, for one, pay homage to the species, the outdoors, the history of sport. Beyond that can people stop their damn preaching?


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