Reviewed by Vicky Eagle Elk
I was asked to watch and review the DVD Tying
Classic Wet Flies by Don Bastian. Let me
say first of all that I've never tied a classic
wet fly, although I've been wanting to. The look
of those smooth as silk bodies and classic quill
or married wings really intimidated me. I do very
well, so my husband says, with dry flies and hair
wing streamers, but those classis wets sent shivers
down my spine.
I learned a lot from this DVD. Mister Bastian does
an extremely good job of illustrating the steps
required to tie each of the flies in his series.
Like our late friend, Al Campbell, he builds on
the techniques from one fly to the next. The
repetition of critical steps is very helpful
to a beginner such as myself. Thanks to his
helpful tips, I know my floss bodied flies
will be much smoother and improved from now on.
The main bugaboo for me was the quill or
married wings present on so many classic
wet flies and Atlantic salmon flies. Mister
Bastian does such an excellent job of explaining
and demonstrating the technique for marrying
the fibers together and setting the wings in
place that I now feel that I can attempt married
wings, without feeling so intimidated.
If you are going to try tying classic wet flies,
there is a lot of good information on this DVD
and the way Mister Bastian presents it is clear
and well demonstrated.
I did encounter a couple of problems with the DVD.
I don't suggest you watch the whole thing at once,
two or three flies at a time is plenty. Mister
Bastian speaks in a rather monotone voice. His
enthusiasm for tying classic wet flies is evident
in the flies that he ties, but not in his
presentation style. In a couple of instances the
tying steps disappear into the light colored shirt
Mister Bastian is wearing during the demonstration.
That being said, I do recommend his DVD for all
the good information and detailed techniques he
presents in an easy to understand way. ~ Vicki Eagle Elk
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