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Saturday February 16th 2013

I had a discussion the other day with one of my friends, who's slightly older than me (OK, he's well into his sixties), and we were discussing the merits of the internet in general and in particular in relation to fly fishing.

While we agreed that the sharing of knowledge in all forms (text, motion picture, photos, drawings etc.) has never been easier, and that this is indeed very positive, my friend complained a little. It was his perception that the good old tradition of tying and sending flies to other fly fishers around the world was not as wide spread as it was in his younger days.

I don't know, he could be right - sending flies in a envelope was by far the easiest way of sharing flies and fly tying ideas 20 or more years ago.

On the other hand, it has never been easier to find kindred spirits around the world to share ideas with. I share both photos, but indeed also flies with others around the world. Not on a regular basis, but once in a while. Often it coincides when someone (or I) is searching a particular product that's hard to get, or which someone you know can get at a discount.

Matt Klara and I share flies every now and then like that. Last, Matt needed some lines that were readily available to me, and I needed some tying materials he could easily get his hands on. We get the stuff, pack it up and throw in some flies (OK, the flies I tied Matt are still sitting on my desk because I forgot to include them in the package - that happens).

We both fish for anadromous species (Matt for steelhead, me for atlantic salmon and sea trout). Most of the fishing is done by swinging wet flies, so the sharing of flies is very interesting and flies and techniques are directly comparable.

I came to think about this when I stumbled upon today's PoD, which, as you can see, Matt sent me in 2010. It's a steelhead Matt caught on one of my tube flies.

I've also shared plenty of flies with Paul over the years together with numerous others.

And without knowing, my guess is that more flyswaps are being arranged then ever before!

So this is a shout out to tie some flies and send them to a friend!


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