The Art of Tying Fly-Fishing Flies
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Paul von Gontard (pictured, below) is a Missoula, Montana–based professional fly-fishing guide and fly tyer who was born into a family of fly-fishers in Montana and grew up fishing waters in Australia, Latin America, Europe, and the Rocky Mountain West. His favorite species to catch in Montana are northern pike, brown trout, and bull trout. Conservation and ethical fishing are central to his ethos. Over the years, Paul has honed his abilities and become one of the most sought-after guides—and fly tyers—in western Montana.
What exactly do we mean by "tied flies"? An artificial fly or fly lure is the primary type of lure used by fly-ishers, and they're usually tied by hand. In general, artificial flies are imitations of aquatic insects that are natural food of the fish species anglers are trying to catch. Here, Paul shows off an eclectic tying style that highlights both classic and modern materials, and discusses the insects each tie is meant to imitate, as well as its intended effect on fish. This collection includes traditional patterns plus some of Paul's own creations, as well as adaptations from fellow contemporary fly-fishers.