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Flyfishing NYC Style
April 25th, 2012

Fly Tying iPad App

Browsing the App Store is one of my favorite procrastinations. This morning I delayed getting ready for work by searching for apps using the keyword “Montana”. Who would have thunk there would be so many apps for Miley Cyrus fans!

Anyway, the search also returned a relatively new and FREE app called Fly Tying, featuring content by Josh Selden. Of course I downloaded it. It’s got a very nice layout with materials list, step-by-step and video demonstration, and I can see it being very useful to the brand new fly tier. It comes with a starter set of five patterns. Then there is a Store where you can purchase additional patterns for 99 cents each, as needed.

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Mr. Selden’s interpretation of well-known flies is interesting. His ties are not what I would call elegant, but I can’t put my finger on exactly why. They have longish tails, and while you would expect the streamers to be longish many of his dry fly patterns are also stretched out in the thorax area. Or maybe it’s my imagination.

One thing is not imaginary, and that is the issue of the manicure. Those are some nasty cuticles, Teach. I would actually spend a lot of iDollars in the Store if some of the patterns were tied by Davie McPhail, he of the clean fingernails and dulcet tone. Perhaps the Fly Tying App will soon feature pay-per-view celebrity episodes. In the meantime, it’s a great idea, off to a good start.