The Original

Farnsworth Fly Fishing Company | Fish A Legend

What are the makings of a legend?

Is it a strategy or the spark of innovation? A vision or a spontaneous occurrence? Charisma?

Perhaps it is all of those things combined that make the Farnsworth Fly legendary in its own right. It was in the early 1980’s when the Farnsworth Fly became an underground sensation with saltwater fly fishermen fishing the sandy shores of Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

That’s where the Farnsworth Fly was born. Word spread quickly up and down those white sandy beaches. As far as the Gut at Cape Pogue on Martha’s Vineyard, the inlets on the north shore of Long Island and inside the breachways on the coast of Rhode Island, predator fish met their match with each deadly cast for those lucky enough to get their hands on the fly.

Nothing is more exotic than using a fly rod along the shore – for fish like striped bass, bluefish, albacore and bonito – long rods, fast-moving fish and the adrenaline rush of hooking into that dream lunker. Nothing compares to the experience of casting a line and grazing across a fishes back when the striper you’re hunting explodes in a froth of wind churned, salty water.

Fish on!

The original Farnsworth Fly was designed for night fly fishing. It was hand made out of balsa wood and painted black and accompanied with a black bucktail. The idea was to imitate small bait fish swimming – minnows dimpling the water. Next came assorted colors to attract bluefish during the day.

Aficionados called it the Farnsworth Slider. The fly’s creator, Phil Farnsworth, started getting letters and phone calls to make the popular fly for locals. He started selling them in tackle shops and settled on the name, the Farnsworth Fly.

The new Classic Farnsworth Fly is still painstakingly made by hand in Connecticut but comes with a twist. Long gone are the balsa wood bodies, replaced with hard cell foam, wrapped with heat shrink tubing for the outer core with the name Farnsworth Fly printed on the side and a twist-on rubber tail.

The flies come in four popular colors: white, silver, orange and chartreuse. The rubber tails are interchangeable, fastened by a tiny stainless-steel spring. The spring and rubber tail make the fly vibrate like wounded bait. Music to a hungry game fish. The Farnsworth Fly is now the Swiss Army knife of flies. With its one-of-a-kind ability to change the colors and sizes of the rubber tails to affect the fly’s action, it’s like owning 10 or 12 flies in one fly. 

The legend continues…