Welcome to, the reference guide for traditional salmon fly tying.

We offer an unbiased perspective on what a classic Salmon fly really is. A journey through time, documented in close to 400 pages so far, with in-depth focus on how these flies were originally dressed, offering articles and tutorials on a large variety of traditional tying techniques and proportions, all in an attempt to help preserve this legacy. 

You will particularly appreciate the detail of the step by step tutorials, all done to get you started on your way to become a classic fly tying master. 

Have a look at some of the free stuff, for an impression of what this website has to offer.

CFT Open Competition 2022

We are proud to announce the new competition, in cooperation with our sponsors Lagartun and Kopter Flies. 

Find out how you can join: Click Here


Washing and Preening and Storage and Quarantine are two subjects I have been meaning to add for a long time now. Finally, I had the inspiration to pull it off. Click on either to visit.

Pre-Tying a Full Feather Wing

This super fun technique give you total freedom to focus on the aesthetics of a fly, rather than struggle with stems and outward curving feathers. Click here to view this all new tutorial.

Kelson Built Wing Tutorial

Get a better understanding of how Kelson managed those crazy flies he depicted in the Salmon fly. The technique is fairly simple, but doesn’t allow any margin for error. Clicker here to have a go of your own.

What else is new?

New Tutorial: Pre-Tying a Full Feather Wing – GO!
Land and Water Plates added to Traherne patterns – GO!
New Tutorial: Full Feather Wing – GO!
Antique Shannon Untied – GO!
New article: Washing and Preening – GO!
New article: Storage and Quarantine – GO!
New Materials Description: Barbary Ostrich – GO!
New Step by Step tutorial: Kelson Built Wing – GO!
New Quick Guide: Starting Flat Tinsel – GO!
New Step by Step tutorial: Wool butt – GO!
New Step by Step tutorial: Setting a Tail and Veil – GO!
New Article: Balance and Proportions Explained – GO!
New Step by Step tutorial: Tip and Tag – GO!
New Step by Step tutorial: Perfect Head – GO!
New Step by Step tutorial: Perfect Herl Head – GO!
New Step by Step tutorial: Mixed Wings per Tolfrey – GO!
New Step by Step tutorial: Perfect Butt – GO!

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Why Become a Member, what is this website about? 

On this website, you will find verified pattern descriptions, old plates for reference, an antique fly gallery, tutorials and step-by-step guides on various tying techniques, articles on a huge variety of subjects, materials guides and much, much more.

Not convinced yet? Have a look at some of the free content, for an impression of what we have to offer.

As a subscriber, you’ll never need to open another old book and wonder what the correct description or interpretation is. We are doing the digging, and making it available to you here.

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