By Chuck Stranahan
The Fly Fishing Journal 

Scratching the fly tying itch


January 18, 2024

Chuck Stranahan, The Fly Fishing Journal

Grandson Chance at author's fly tying bench

Alvin looked like he could have stepped out of an old-country Weiner schnitzel or biergarten commercial: rotund body, big features, big frame, distinctly Germanic features set in a jolly countenance, and big strong workingman's hands with calloused fingers the size of bratwursts.

He wanted to learn how to tie flies. He enrolled in a course I was teaching. He was the nicest guy in the world, and we became good friends, but my first thought going in was that it would be a challenge for him to become a decent fly tyer.

He wanted to learn, practiced, didn't get discouraged, and eventually pre...

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