Color Inspiration from Salmon Flies

Craft & Design

My friend Alex is addicted to fishing. I tried to tag along but all I was interested in was trying to make jewelry from the shiny bits he tied to his line. Then recently, he got into fly fishing and showed me this video of salmon flies by Davie McPhail, which totally blew me away. I knew that there was a serious art in tying flies, but I had no idea how beautiful they were. Now I’ll just have to work on replacing the fishing hooks with earring hooks. The color combinations and designs are inspirational to work into whatever craft you make. Check it out:

6 thoughts on “Color Inspiration from Salmon Flies

  1. I have no mouth and I must scream says:

    if you think that’s cool check this out from Make
    and the updated link to his site
    imagine these as jewelry he also has some tutorials on his site.

  2. Goli Mohammadi says:

    Yes, those realistic flies on Makezine are outta this world! Mother Nature is blushing at this type of detailed flattery for sure! :)

  3. hurricaneMitch says:

    My dad is a fishing guide and has been a fly fisher since he was a kid. Recently he told me “There are hundreds of thousands of fly patterns out there. What did you find when you used to check what the trout ate?” Even though I am a strict catch and release person these days my dad used to make me clean all the fish. An important part of that was to check the stomachs to see what the fish had been eating. According to him that is. “Sand and a couple black beatles” was usually my answer. Most trout and salmon will eat just about anything they can find. These elaborate flies would surely do more justice on your earrings than they would in a stream. Oh and catch and release kids!

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I'm a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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