sexyloops fly tying focus - control

sexyloops fly tying focus - control

t.z. | Friday, 5 May 2017

Control … big word, but that is what counts. Control. Whatever ones does in live a certain amount of control is useful. Being out of control is not good. We know that. So how much control can we have when fishing?

Or better - where does the fishing start — and the control for that matter. Hint - it´s called fly fishing because we cast a fly. So how much control do you have on your flies? I mean the very construction of them?

I would compare it to cooking. A dishes quality is mainly determined by the quality of the ingredients. Most good cooking is pretty simple. I like to cook in a Wok. Chop some good things, throw them in the pan and season ad lib.

However, the cooking process starts when obtaining the raw materials. Best is fresh vegetables from a local source. Not some plastic wrapped shit. Plastic by the way kills our oceans. So please do not buy shit wrapped in plastic. You have no control over the quality - you can not smell or touch-test the stuff properly for one, and we all loose control over the environment … a disaster.

Anyway, sorry for the detour - how much control do you have on the materials you use for your flies … hang on — wait a minute .. you tie your own, right? If not — do you know the folks making them good enough so you trust them? — back to materials. Do you really know your materials?

The next problem is the handling of the materials. How were they died for example. Hooks should be checked and testet, best in a vice. And the vice is also a topic … how does the vice hold the hooks? Some vices, specifically when used wrongly can even damage hooks …

on damaged & bad hooks … back to James at this point.


the power to influence or direct people's behaviour or the course of events.
"the whole operation is under the control of a production manager"
synonyms: jurisdiction, sway, power, authority, command, dominance, domination, government, mastery, leadership, rule, reign, sovereignty, supremacy, ascendancy, predominance, hegemony; More
a person or thing used as a standard of comparison for checking the results of a survey or experiment.
"platelet activity was higher in patients with the disease than in the controls"
synonyms: standard of comparison, benchmark, standard, check
"another Petri dish without the DNA solution was used as a control"
determine the behaviour or supervise the running of.
"he was appointed to control the company's marketing strategy"
synonyms: be in charge of, run, be in control of, manage, direct, administer, head, preside over, have authority over, supervise, superintend, oversee, guide, steer; More
take into account (an extraneous factor that might affect the results of an experiment).
"no attempt was made to control for variations"

The sexyloops fly tying focus, hosted by t.z. 

The goal is to show the different approaches to fly tying around the globe 
(we believe in that the world is a globe actually)

... sharing and learning from each other - these are the key words. 
Most of the tiers will are active on the sexyloops forum - "the board" - so join the very open 
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Thomas Züllich, or - “t.z.” as most call him - is a German flyfisher & flytier living in Norway. He runs a small fly shop together with his fiance Konstanse.