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Written with Feathers

Here’s one for the fly tiers: a video taken from a 17th-century manuscript that brings us back to the beginnings of the craft of attaching feathers to hooks.

Video: Written with Feathers

"In the name of God and of Our Lady.This is a goodly book on how to tie and dress feathers to fish for trout in certain months, especially in January and February, and March and April, and May, and through to Midsummer’s Day...." Year of 1624, Astorga (León Spain); with these words Juan de Bergara began one of the most important books in the History of Flyfishing for trout, giving the first collection of flies and how to tie them in a traditional Spanish way, many centuries ago. In this short film, we see how the book was written (with feathers in every sense), as well as giving an idea, for first time, of how to use such flies when modern reels, rods and lines were still far away in the future.... Here’s one for the fly tiers: a video taken from a 17th-century manuscript that brings us back to the beginnings of the craft of attaching feathers to hooks.

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