Keeping with our aim to bring you information ahead of the
printed media, here is something not yet out. For years,
decades and generations, there has been a great amount of
confusion about who, when, and where our 'Flies' were created.
With the fantastic advances and the co-operation of many
countries involved, using the most modern and lightning-fast
computers, an organization has undertaken the monumentous
job of solving the problem. With dedicated research members
in nearly every fly-fishing country in the world, they are
dedicatedly digging into every archive possible to find
The goal is to catalog all of the flies known at this time
and continue the list into the future. This is an immense
undertaking and they are pursuing a international grant.
Total funding should be in place shortly.
For way too long anglers and tiers alike have not given proper
credit to the originators of the flies which we take so casually
for granted. Those enterprising pioneers who, often with the
crudest of tools and the simplest of materials envisioned and
crafted the stalwarts of our trade today, have gone virtually
unknown. Their names and locations have been lost, or so it
was thought. However with today's technology they feel they
will be able to research and give proper credit to nearly
98.37% of all flies known today, and more than that in the
An added bonus is their willingness to continue the listings
for an indefinite period of time. Anyone who creates a fly
from now on can register it with them at no cost. A simple
form from them can be down-loaded (a pdf file) from their web site.
Once filled in, it can be e-mailed, faxed or sent by regular
'RegFly.org' is not quite up and
'on-line' yet but by the time you read this they expect to be
in full operation, running the fastest hardware and software
created specifically for the purpose. I understand they are
also actively looking for volunteers willing to help in the
research. If you are, or know of anyone you feel is qualified,
be sure to go to the 'Special Volunteer' page and fill in the
simple form. They have an 800 number on that page for your convenience.
The printed publication, The Official Journal of
RegFlies.org should be available in the early part of
2003. It will be a large volume and will be well cross-indexed,
both in text and photos. It will be invaluable for outdoor writers,
and to not only settle arguments once and for all, but will
properly give credit to those fine people who gave birth to
our great recreation.
While FlyAnglers OnLine.com is in no any part of this, we felt
you would be interested and probably be willing to discuss this
with your friends. We feel this will most likely be a topic of
conversation in many places for a long time.
~ James Castwell