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Fly tying is a craft that cloaks a fish hook in fur and feathers to imitate an insect or small baitfish. Used by fly fishermen rather than natural bait, flies are tough enough to remain on the hook during the arduous aerial gymnastics of casting.

Man has imitated natural fish food with feathers since the Greek and Roman empires – and their use of artificial lures evolved into much of the hardware used by fishermen today.

During the British colonial expansion, and its far flung colonies, many rare and endangered species lent their plumage for Salmon fishing in the British Isles. Once thought as the most noble of fish, it was assumed that salmon fed on butterflies while spawning in the rivers of Ireland, Scotland, and the British mainland.

While we know better today, it explains why a fly-tyer should never be left alone with your parrot.

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