I am a great fan of swapping flies, active on several internet forums. These couple of flies are for a swap on Czech site www.mrk.cz.
Having finished this bunch of tiny flees (#20 Eagle Owl mayflies) makes me think a bit on what is the most fun part of swaping. I have come up with several answers:
- The first and most obvious is that fly swaps let me see patterns and tricks of other fly tiers and learn from them.
- The second is that preparing for a swap makes me think hard about what pattern to select; it has to be something unusual to be interesting, and yet it has to be a pattern that I know well.
- The third is that tying dozens of identical flies is good for the soul of fly tier; it polishes the techniques.
- And finally the fourth reason is that it builds relationship over the fly tying community.