Messinger Fly Bucktail Hair Frog Collection
We have a historic Messinger Fly Bucktail Hair Frog Collection in on Consignment, and available for sale over the next couple weeks. Over 40 Messinger Frog’s, no 2 exactly the same a life collection of a fellow NFLCC club member. We’ve been given an opportunity to not only help sell it, but to photograph it, and share the story and works of a legendary fly tier. I will add to this original post over the next few weeks and re-post as the items are photographed, roughly once a week so by the end the collection will be view-able on this one page.
Messinger is said to have begun tying Flies as early as 1910. Jim Dean Writes “He certainly had no inkling that his passionate love of fly fishing and deer hair frogs he’d been tying since 1910 would soon lead him to his life’s work.Nor would he have guessed his innovative bugs would influence the style of every deer hair frog pattern that followed”
Joe Messinger Jr tells us in a American Angler article
…”When my dad returned home to West Virginia from the US Army after World War I, he began working on a artificial Deer Hair Frog. He originated the technique he used to tie the frog and it resulted in a very effective imitation of the real thing. Although the lure became popular with anglers through out this country and beyond, the technique that he created for tying the frog and other deer hair patterns to follow, remained a mystery to most tyers. Even those who have carefully dissected the lure in attempts to discover my fathers tying technique have been frustrated in trier efforts.”
…”The method developed by my dad to tie the body is unique and is nothing like the more common hair spinning or stacking methods you may be familiar with. Spinning hair onto a hook allows radial color separation but does not permit lateral separation, while stacking allows lateral color separation.
…”My fathers technique allows lateral as well as radial color separation and produces a fly with exceptional durability”