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Photo essay: Tying in Hand

Back in 2015, I was asked to write an article for an e-Mag featuring tying flies without a vise. The article threw in some history, fly images, and the novel reasons for tying in hand. At the time I felt in order to really capture the essence of in-hand tying, I should at least tie a classic Atlantic salmon pattern on the river and fish it accordingly with photographs to publish in the magazine.

My goal was to tie a pattern called the Sir Charles on the riverbank and proceed to catch a steelhead with the fresh fly.


The assistance of my wife was required as I needed a photographer. Having no idea of what to expect on the river, she did the best she could with my often vague instructions whilst trying to balance over slick river rocks and focusing her lens on hands tying a fly. We're still married.

















Cheers and Blessings,
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P.S. The image of the steelhead and the fly was from my own point and shoot. My lovely lady refused to cross the river with her camera for the photo-op.

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Great photo essay. Thanks for sharing.

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Way too cool brother
I remember you introducing me to the Sir Charles and instantly I became infatuated with the pattern and tied up a few of them because it was such a fun pattern to tie
But tying stream side and then swinging the fly and hooking a fish .... that's next level stuff right there
My cap is off to you my brother

BTW, your wife captured the moment very well.


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Pretty darned impressive I'd say! And a cool old pattern.
Good work
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Very cool Adrian! Love those shots. The shot of the flexed rod is extra cool. That should be a poster. Thanks for sharing these.

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Very nice! Love how the fly looks after being wet.
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Fantastic.

Join us next month when Adrian, out for a walk, spots a fish in a tailout. He quickly ties a Jock Scott with his left hand, builds a bamboo rod with his right, and lands the fish before lunch.
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Hats off to you, Brother. You make it all look so easy.
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Way too cool brother
I remember you introducing me to the Sir Charles and instantly I became infatuated with the pattern and tied up a few of them because it was such a fun pattern to tie
But tying stream side and then swinging the fly and hooking a fish .... that's next level stuff right there
My cap is off to you my brother

BTW, your wife captured the moment very well.


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My lass was a trooper that day, Mike. Her camera over water was not something in her comfort zone...it made for a fun memory. Glad you enjoyed the images, I will pass that along to her.

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Pretty darned impressive I'd say! And a cool old pattern.
Good work
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Thanks, Loren. It was a fun little project that I don't foresee attempting again...anytime soon, at least. Cheers!

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Great photo essay. Thanks for sharing.

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Thank you, Dan. Merry Christmas.

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Very cool Adrian! Love those shots. The shot of the flexed rod is extra cool. That should be a poster. Thanks for sharing these.

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I am fortunate she got a shot of that flexed rod, Nate. It does look kinda fun.

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Very nice! Love how the fly looks after being wet.
I agree, Josie...I dig flies before they get fished, but really enjoy them even more when they are wet.

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Fantastic.

Join us next month when Adrian, out for a walk, spots a fish in a tailout. He quickly ties a Jock Scott with his left hand, builds a bamboo rod with his right, and lands the fish before lunch.
Just grins over here, Lyle. Wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

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Hats off to you, Brother. You make it all look so easy.
The prep work was the difficult part. Wife:"You want me to wake up early, bring my camera to the river, and take pictures of you tying a fly on the river?" Me: "Sure, it'll be fun". Wife: "You're crazy"... and so it went

Cheers all!
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Rock solid, 24 karat, 100% genuine gold, right there. Could it get any more perfect - the classic fly, tied in hand, on the stream bank, and a fish(!)? The answer is no, it could not get any more perfect. Made my day. Thanks for sharing!
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You need to up your game and start harpooning your own seals w a homemade spear. Raising chickens, turkeys, guinea .....lotta werk left to do. I kid. Thanks Adrian, you are a hell of a fly tyer and gentelman. Cheers amigo !
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