Fly Tying


Having laid out your materials on the table, seat yourself by a good light, and proceed as follows:- Take a piece of fine silk, and pin one end of it on your knee, take the other end between your left fore-finger and thumb, and with the right, take a small piece of shoe-maker’s wax, well tempered, and rub it all over the silk, keeping it tight in your left till it is all covered with the wax, rub it well on the end you are about to to tie on the hook with, to kept firm, for it will be found a very great object to use the wax throughout the making of the fly, as with the working of the tying silk it rubs off with the hand.

Blacker’s Art of Flymaking, William Blacker, 1842