Constructing the bodies of artificial fishing flies has historically always been a question of wrapping various materials around the hook shank. However, there is much more a fly tyer can do with body materials than merely wrapping them around the hook shank. Probably the most dramatic alternative to the traditional method is 'Weaving'. I don't understand why it's not more common, it's often a deceptively simple tying method.
This programme is all about woven fly bodies. They look fantastic, and they are great fish catchers. If you don't believe me, take a look at the images of the patterns I tie in this DVD.
Although these techniques are all commonly known as weaving, to be strictly accurate, only one of the eight or nine recognised weaves is in fact a weave in the true sense i.e. having warp and weft threads. All the rest are a variety of thread traps, bights, return locks and knots. All use thread like materials, or materials that come in long strands - yarns, threads, cords, chenilles, dubbing noodles, herls or plastics - but the list goes on and on, you are only limited by your imagination! All but the true weave use just two materials. The true weave on the other hand can be performed with at least ten strands - nine warps and one weft - all on the same fly!
The question fly tyers sometimes ask is who 'invented' the various weaves and when? Well I'm afraid I am unable to shed much light on this question. In fact only two weaves appear to be attributed to a particular fly tyer, and one name, Franz Pott appears to hold pole position as the originator of woven bodied flies. Franz Pott was a wig maker who came from Missoula Montana USA, and the period we are looking at is the 1920s and 1930s. He used his wig making skills to fashion the bodies and hackles of flies from hair, usually horse hair.Eventually he developed quite a range of woven patterns which were marketed under the title 'Mite' and 'Mighty Mite'. Dan Bailey is the other weaving 'name', his contribution is the Mossback Weave. However, when you analyse this weave, it is just the Parallel Weave, executed in a slightly different manner.
In my opinion there are five important weaves and these are all included in this DVD…