Necessity is the Mother of Invention

For the last couple of weeks, I've been corresponding with a soldier in Iraq, who is as resourceful as the old timers who developed the materials and methods for fly tying that we use today. We always hear stories of AK Best and Jack Dennis among others, who were making it up as they went along back in the 60's, when materials and knowledge were not as readily available as they are today. Our friend SFC Joseph Little, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), has found a way to go after the local Iraqi carp in the lake where he's stationed. In addition to lacking any formal equipment, Joseph is faced with fish who "Apparently, ... have had more experience in escape and evasion over here than in the states. " Check out this man's innovative fly production center and some of the flies he has developed in the photos below.

We've upgraded Joseph's equipment for him, but I kind of would like to see what he would come up with next if we hadn't.