FARUK OF THE NORTH Michael Simon ... As I watched (Faruk) Ekich tie the fly off with a series of half-hitches, I became aware of two quite remarkable things: one, that I was witnessing a direct link to the very origins of fly tying — Ekich’s pattern was nearly identical to that famous fly tied by a nameless Macedonian and recorded by the Roman historian, Claudius Aelianus, in the third century, and secondly, that the man who had just tied a delicate, size 16 dry fly in his hands (with a facility surpassing even that of Lee Wulff), was the same man who had designed an ingenious bobbin for fly tiers (such as myself) who lack the adroitness of a Wulff or an Ekich ...
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