- Kenya is a global hub for fly-tying, with at least 60% of the world's supply of artificial flies tied there.
- The industry started in the 1930s by a young Briton and grew into a cottage industry with scores of workshops across the country.
- Most of the workers are paid piecemeal and the wages are modest, with some firms paying only the official minimum monthly wage of around $146.
- The fly-tyers dominate a niche market and have left competitors sinking.
- Kenya's fly-tyers are known for their ingenuity, speedy delivery, reliability and cheap wages.
How an east African country became an odd sort of global powerhouse
Kenya's fly-tying industry is a global powerhouse, dominating a niche market and supplying over 60% of the world's artificial flies for fishing rods.