Since we first sought fish, we've been fooling them into being caught (some more successfully than others). For fly anglers, the decision to start tying their own flies more often than not turns into an obsession that takes over offices, dens and workshops, leaving them cluttered with tufts of exotic fur, feathers and thread in myriad colors. It takes patience, practice, and can be equal parts rewarding and frustrating - and that's before your ever get on the water.
I don't get the chance to fly fish much anymore, but still love tying both the classic trout patterns of my youth, as well as the more exotic patterns favored by Atlantic salmon tyers. These "Macro-Flies" have taken those patterns to scale, each being hand hand tied in the traditional style, but at 20x-30x magnification (25-30cm long).