Imitation is the highest form of flattery, so they say. I’ve had the pleasure of receiving many emails and pictures from fellow tiers who have tied my butterflies. I thought it might be a good idea to start showcasing some of the excellent work that’s been shared with me. These pictures are from a tier by the name of Jon Kopczyk. He has done an excellent job with these butterflies, and you should see some of his other work, too. A truly talented tier, check out his site, jontiesflies. You will be amazed and inspired for sure!
If you’ve been trying your hand at butterflies, feel free to send me some pics, I’d love to see them! I’d be happy to post your work, too, if you’d like.
It's FLY TYING YARD SALE time!
It's time to open up some space in the tying room for the new projects I want to undertake for the upcoming show season. I've spent the last few weeks going through my stock to weed out the surplus in preparation for this. It's amazing how the stock of materials has accumulated, and I've been able to pull out quite a bit of stuff that I can offer on the auction block. Everything from hooks to basic tying materials to exotics. I've created about 50 different lots to offer, with more to come. Since there is such a large amount of material I have to offer, I thought I would organize it into what I'm calling a "FLY TYING YARD SALE!" For the remainder of September and part of October, my ebay site will be bursting with auctions for you to partake in. You'll have the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of items for your own tying bench. I am starting with a dozen auctions for the first week and there will be numerous items added each week throughout this time period. Be sure to check out my EBAY aucitons page frequently to see what items you can acquire for your own stock. If you are looking for anything specific that's not listed, drop me a line, there's a good chance I may have it for you. I hope you enjoy the auctions, good luck bidding!
So, this little piece of stream is located in...(wait for it)...MY BASEMENT?!?!
That's right, this creek is located IN MY BASEMENT! Or, at least, it was. It is now part of a display for the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum.
Let me explain. Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum Association gave me the honor of recognizing my Pocono Patterns Research by offering me the opportunity to create a display that would present and promote my research as well as my other tying efforts. With that in mind, I set to work creating a museum quality display piece that would be able to present the material I found through my Pocono Patterns research project. The centerpiece of the display is this reporduction of a section of the Brodhead Creek which I created, with several of the Pocono flies mounted on it. The result is shown in the pictures below. This piece, along with some of my own tying efforts, is currently on display at the Musuem's exhibit space at the Visitor's Center at Lake Wallenpaupack in the Poconos.
Here is the full display at the Visitor's Center at Lake Wallenpaupack.
I'm preparing an article on how this piece was created, I documented the process from start to finish. I'll post the article at some point in the future, and I'll highlight some of the other parts of the display as well. There's a lot of good information and interesting things to see in the display, if you're in the area, stop by and check it out!
Presentations - now officially part of the products I offer!
It's about this time that most groups are starting to plan their speaker schedule for the following year. Given that, I thought it might be good to post this update to the site to remind you that I do give presentations also as part of my product/services offerings. I currently have 3 presentations prepared. "Tips and Tricks to Better Tying" is a multimedia powerpoint style presentation that offers some interesting information for tiers of all skill levels as well as some angling history for the non-tiers in your group. "The History of Fly Fishing in America as Seen Through the Eye of the Hook" is the culmination of my Pocono Patterns research project and offers not only the flies I discovered but also demonstrates how the study of these flies uncovered a rich and fascinating angling history that has been lying dormant beneath the mountains of the Pocono Mountain region of Northeastern Pennsylvania. "How to Tie a Butterfly" is a tying demonstration in which I show you how to tie one of my artisitic butterfly flies, from initial materials selection to tying the final knot. I will also create custom presentations if there is a specific topic that you would like to hear more about that is not covered in one of my 3 prepared presentations. I have created a new section of the site, "Presentations", where you can find all the details about each specific presentation as well as my costs and terms for presenting to your group. I work to keep my costs to you low, as I truly feel the sharing of information is vital to advancing our sport, and I have worked in a system to help you defray the cost to your group even further toward this end. Please visit the "Presentations" section of the site by clicking here, on the tab above, or on the hot link in the sidebar for further details. I hope to hear from you soon!
Butterfly Materials Packs Now Avaiable In The Webstore!
One of the most common questions people ask me is "Where do you get the materials for your butterflies?" It seemed to me that many who wanted to try to tie a
butterfly were thwarted by being unsure of where or how to get the proper materials. In response to this, I trialed these "butterfly materials packs" at a few of the shows I attended last
year. They met with great success, so I've decided to make them part of my regular product line. Now I can provide you not only with the instruction on how to tie a butterfly but
also with the materials you need to do so as well! Click here or on the hot link in the sidebar to see what materials packs are currently stocked
in this new section of the webstore!
Framed Butterfly Flies
My butterfly art flies, framed in 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 shadowboxes and mounted with natural elements.
Framed Dragonfly Flies
Framed dragonflies in 5 x 7 shadowboxes and mounted with natural elements.
Glass Dome Butterfly and Dragonfly Art Flies
Butterfly and dragonfly art flies, mounted under glass domes with natural elements.
I've made a fresh batch of what I call "habitat boxes," featuring my realistic spider or stonefly perched at the edge of a rippling stream. I had featured this porduct in the past but haven't made any for quite some time, I'm happy to be able to add them back to the product line up - available at the shows I will be attending, soon to be available through the webstore.
My instructinoal videos, "How to Tie a Fly" and "How to Tie a Butterfly."
Butterfly Materials Packs
These packs contain all the materials needed to tie one butterfly. I had only a few of these available for last year's shows, and they quickly sold out. I
have prepared a fresh batch of materials packs for this year, available at the shows I will be at, soon to be available in the webstore.
"Season set" and some smaller nymph sets.
Wooden Fly Boxes
These are staples on my table at any show I attend. My custom crafted wooden fly boxes are available in single and multiple fly units.
Perhaps my most creative piece, this fly-themed chess set.
"How to Tie a Butterfly" DVD now available!!!!
I'm happy to announce my latest instructional video product, "How to Tie a Butterfly"! It is now available for purchase here in the webstore! Filmed in high def 1080p video, the DVD illustrates the process of tying a butterfly from start to finish, from materials selection and preparation to the finishing touches. Visit the new DVD section of the webstore for further details and ordering information! You can view the youtube preview of the DVD below as well!
"How to TIE a Fly" DVD also available
The beginner fly tying class videos have been compiled and expanded upon in this 2 DVD set "How to TIE a Fly." This DVD set contains over two and a half hours of fly tying demonstration, with additional content not currently available on youtube. Also included are recipes for each fly and a comprehensive list of all the materials needed to tie the flies presented in the segments. All the instruction you need to start tying flies, now available in one place! Available in the DVD section of the webstore.
Butterfly Photo Gallery
Butterflies are my signature flies. Be sure to check out the butterfly photo gallery to see pictures of the varies butterflies I've tied over the years. I hope you enjoy the showcase of feathers from the various exotic species that I've used to tie my butterflies over the past few years. Click here to visit the gallery!
What else you can find here
This website contains a wealth of information on flies and fly tying, as well as information about me and my products and services. Clicking on the links above will direct you to the following:
About Scott Cesari - information about me, how I became interested in fly tying, and how my fly tying efforts and involvement have developed.
Contact - how to get in touch with me to ask questions, provide feedback, order products, or just to discuss flytying and flyfishing.
Event Calendar - a list of the events that I will be participating in, including links to those events where applicable.
Resources - perhaps the most valuable tab, here you can find articles, instruction, tips, and recipes to assist you in your tying efforts. Video clips on specific tying tips can also be found here.
Photo Gallery - images of some of my work.
Products - this tab will direct you to an overview of the products I make and the services I provide including flies, custom created wooden fly boxes, butterfly flies and displays, ornaments, clocks, tying lessons and presentations.
Store - a link to the products I currently have, available for purchase through the web store.
Take some time and browse the site. I think you'll find some interesting and useful information. I hope you enjoy what is here!
A special thanks to Brenda Davis for her incredible photography. Many of the pictures on my site were taken by Brenda. Her husband Shawn is a fellow fly tier whose work defies description. Make sure to check out their website at www.davisflydesigns.com, which features jewelry-quality artistic salmon flies by Shawn and professional fly photography by Brenda.