More or less, start to finish, a full dressed Jock Scott condensed to about 5 minutes. It is inspiring to watch the time, precision and patience it takes to tie up these classics. Hopefully I can take another stab at this someday. The video is well done and available to view in high definition. Watch closely to pick up a few tricks of the trade to help get the desired look to the fly.
Torben Kondrup tying Jock Scott at Randers Fly Fair. February 2010, Denmark.
If you are into tying the classics, then this will truly get your juices flowing. Mr. Ovesen and his girlfriend Vendula Smutkova work in partnership to create the epic 44 step tutorial. Anders manned the vise while Vendula snapped images and now the project is available for viewing on the Global Fly Fisher site (http://globalflyfisher.com/patterns/classic/). It’s interesting to note the amount of preparation that is taken and the meticulious measurements and skill involved in tying up art pieces like this. With the tying taking anywhere from a couple hours up to a full shift at Tim Horton’s, mental fortitude and stamina are a must and you won’t be casually banging off a half dozen. Kudos to all involved bringing this tutorial to life and I would love to see more projects like this.
I keep an eye out for collectibles on eBay all the time and you know there is always bound to be something on there that I can add to my collection of famous tyers. This week I found a couple great auctions from one of my favorite sellers and some art by a UK artist I have admired for some time.
Auction 1 is for a Dick Talleur feather wing streamer called the Shushan Postmaster. If you are not familiar with Dick, just open up a copy of Fly Tyer magazine to find some of the many articles he has written or head out to your local bookstore to pick up one of the numerous books he has authored. Years ago when I first started tying, it was one of his books that helped guide me through the ins and out of the art of dressing flies. Click here for the auction.
The second auction is a mounted, framed and signed Jock Scott from the famed tyer Ron Alcott. Surely a piece to be treasured in any collection. Click here for the auction.
The last item today is some artwork by Sarah Briston. She is a talented artist and her work is on display in my living room featuring flies tied by Damian Welsh. This auction is for 5 limited edition prints featuring flies from internationally renowned tyer Fabrizio Gajardoni. The prints include Popham 12/20, Sicilian 2/50, Speyside 3/50, Childers 7/50 and McIntyre 2/50. If you plan to bid, hurry as the auction closes later today. Click here for the auction.