from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or art of manufacturing artificial flies and of mounting them on hooks for use in angling.
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We can hardly advise the angler to try fly-dressing on his own account.
"Halford as a fly-dresser," however, is a topic too big to handle in a chapter which merely aims at rambling recollections of him by the waterside, and indeed it can only be dealt with by a master in the art of fly-dressing.
The gentle writer, instead of giving directions about fly-dressing, calmly tells his readers to go and buy his flies at a little shop "near Powle's."
The result of the fly-dressing would resemble a small blacking-brush, perhaps, but nothing entomological.
Nowadays when we talk about fly-dressing we refer to it as clymu-plu - a direct translation from the English, but Emrys always used the correct Welsh word which is cawio.
He was a perfectionist and his vast Welsh vocabulary when referring to the materials he used when fly-dressing was a treat to listen to.
Recently a new Welsh book on fly-dressing, entitled Plu Stiniog (Blaenau Ffestiniog Flies), came off the press.