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were wasted, especially when a e involved the married wing. Tom learned to build the wings but it took some me to learn the set. Tom tried everything, but eventually learned the correct thread tension to use, how to hold the wings in his fingers with the correct pressure and, a er much trial and error, he was able to set a pair of wings with acceptable results. The materials and techniques used in Self taught from tying the Classic Atlan c fly pa erns are somewhat unique within the tying experimenting, community. While many es that are completed for actual fishing situa ons reading books may contain 4 to 8 tying steps, the to learning classic pa ern may contain dozens of steps, which results in quite o en the Classic Atlantic need for proper planning of the e. Once Tom's skills developed to the point where he felt confident of his results with the classic Salmon Flies pa erns of the salmon fly, he felt a need to open up his mind and think outside of the box in designing es that were unique. This design process o en involves a certain instance or inspira on that has occurred in Tom's life. In turn, he thinks of how he can design a e to reflect that certain moment in me and that o en starts as a pencil drawing. Tom is quick to men on that he is not skilled in drawing as an art form but this does give him a visual reflec on of the end result that he wishes to accomplish. It is this freedom that he realizes, away from a wri en guideline of materials to be used in a finished e that is the thing that gives Tom most pleasure. What excites him most about what he does is that ‐ although he has been tying for over 50 years now, each me he sits down to design a new e ‐ he learns something new about how the design should flow with the materials that he plans to use. Being born with a color blindness deficiency in many of the major color spectrums, he recognizes the need to remember that in choosing what materials he uses to assure that it all flows evenly throughout. This was a major learning curve for him as he has studied pa erns that others have completed and noted what materials they used. And these are the guidelines that he uses in design. There are mes though, Tom places a hook in his vice with no par cular direc on in mind and he asks himself "Where are we going to go today?" And the design occurs as he moves along the hook shank, in hopes that he arrives at the des na on he was looking for and referring to his wife, Kathy for input of color selec on within the design. Tom has also taught himself the techniques of framing and ma ng for the flies that he completes. This gives him the freedom of crea ng a very unique product for giving to others.

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