How to Tie Flies

In 1861 Henry Wade authored Halcyon; or, Rod-Fishing with Fly, Minnow, and Worm. It’s an obscure book (with a great title) and it contains some charming plates associated with fly fishing. Pictured above is the plate showing “a short and easy method of dressing flies”. Not entirely dissimilar from what we do today as fly tiers. The colors and detail of this plate are rather striking to behold in person, especially so given its publication date. A copy of Halcyon resides in the West Yellowstone library, and for those with an artistic or historical bent it’s well worth reviewing.