It’s sad new that landed in my inbox this morning. I’ve just learned that Dick Talleur has passed away after a short illness. Dick had a prolific career in the fly fishing industry, and leaves behind scores of friends and acquaintances in the field. Dick was truly dedicated to the art of fly tying and has produced a great library of books and videos. His book, “Talleur’s Basic Fly Tying – A Beginner’s Benchside Reference”, was my first fly tying book, and I spent many nights studying the pages, tying the flies and absorbing the newfound addiction.
His departure will leave a gaping hole in the fly tying world. We’ll miss his quirky flies along with his effortless masterful skills.
If you have ever seen any of Shawn Davis’ work, you’ll know how extreme his jewelery quality flies are. The minute details he adds like the micro S & D on the heads of flies, artistic designs and imaginative displays are matched by none. You can view a selection of his work in the gallery here. His newest creation, Rumpelstiltskin is truly something to behold. You can read the entire story of the fly complete with gallery and his artistic vision on Shawn’s site, or view the process on http://theanthropologist.net on the wonderful slide presentation.
When I first envisioned this fly, I was focused on the transition from straw to gold. I saw dozens of strands of straw magically transitioning into strands of gold. Then I began seeing the materials twisting and weaving together. The vision began to take shape: I would disguise a hook in such a deceptive swirling web of gold and straw that fish or human would have to exercise extreme prudence to avoid being lured in by its beauty to its dangerous point.
I know that we just featured a DNA Clouser last post, but this video is just too prime not to highlight. Many people in the Calgary area are familiar with Aaron Caldwell from the Fish Tales fly shop and can attest to his fly tying skills. This video really caught my eye with the great production value and tying techniques. Pause at 18 seconds in for a money shot of this fly. Wicked proportions on this Clouser and a nice efficient tie.