Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Piece of Fly Fishing History

A few months back I picked up a Thompson Wet Fly Wing Forming Tool. This tool was popular back in the days when wet fly fishing was the standard method of presenting a fly to a trout.  When I purchased the tool it came with only three combs  I was fortunate to find three additional combs of different sizes on eBay a few days back. I have not used it yet since up to a few days ago I did not have the appropriate sized comb for the size flies I was looking to tie. I'll put up another post with the finished product and the steps taken to get there.


  1. Just as a side note.... I bought mine new in 1962 from Herters for $4.99.

  2. Very cool!
    Do you know how many combs came with it orginally?

  3. I believe three and then you could purchase a second set. As I remember they were designated as large and small sets.
    I bought this set up with my very first fly fishing materials order and at time I think I bought every gadget on the market from them. They even had this new thing called a thread bobbin!