Fly tying was introduced at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Washington, with donations and volunteers from several nearby fly fishing clubs. The benefactors were wounded soldiers being treated in the Occupational Therapy Clinic. One of them was Sergeant First Class Marvin Johnson, US Army. He had just returned from his second tour of duty in the Middle East. Although he was wounded during his first tour, he still went back to serve his country in its time of need, and was wounded again. His latest wound rendered his left arm immobile from the shoulder down. Jesse Scott and the Fly Tying Group thought it was obvious that we needed something for Marv and our other one-handed tiers. The solution they developed involved a fairly simple application of grass roots engineering. After several iterations, a simple, build-it-yourself device was developed. This information is designed to help you learn from their experience and to enable you to build your own.
The Evergreen Hand Instructional Video
Step by Step Instructions
Using the Deer Hair Tool
Build Your Own Evergreen Hand
The Evergreen Hand Committee of the FFF Fly Tying Group is in charge of the Evergreen Hand Project and is developing a way to fund and distribute these as well. If you would like to help fund this effort, please send a tax-deductible check to the Federation of Fly Fishers noted for Evergreen Hand Project.
You may also donate to the project by using the Paypal Donate Button below. The donation will go to the Evergreen Hand Project.