20 Dec 2009 / Fly Tying
If I had to describe myself as a fly tyer it would sound something like this: A stubborn slow tyer hell bent on perfection with a slight hint of O.C.D. who avoids straight shanked hooks whenever possible. It’s the truth and as a result it has prevented me from tying and fishing patterns that I should. With that said I’m not the type to give up, it is the struggle that makes you better at whatever you do. Being a stubborn S.O.B. I of course decided to use the Mustad 37160 to tie my Copper John’s. This presents a bit more difficulty because the drastic curve of the shank tends to mess with the lay of the wire as you wrap the body of the fly (remember “stubborn”). As a relatively new tyer I find inspiration and advice from Switter’sB and KBarton, both of whom present loads of excellent information for anyone willing to read and practice. Specifically, Barton put an inescapable truth in my head. Once you notice a mistake you must fix it then and there, it won’t be able to be corrected after the fact, period. It seems simple but it’s hard to admit it to yourself and at times, harder to put into practice. Read the rest of this entry »
19 Dec 2009 / Fly Tying
16 Dec 2009 / Fly Tying
On more than a few occasions I can recall peeping feeding trout from a distance, presenting my rig in a productive manner, not to disturb the feeding and right as my flies should be chomped they are promptly snubbed. A re-cast with the same rig yields the same result, a look and a snub. The third pass prompts general disarray and with that the fish simply swim away from the flies even with my best attention to presentation and drift. Right in front of their trouty noses and they say no. I often wondered if part of the issue was simply the overabundance of glitz, flash and sparkle. Many of my flies have flashback wingcases or krystal flash for tails something that perhaps the trout just say no to at times. My solution? Prepare a decent quantity of natural, plain jane looking flies. I mean, shit often I’m putting my flies in less than four feet of gin clear H2O, tell me they can’t pick it out? Using only the wire rib as an attention grabber, these Thread Headed Scuds are weighted lightly to have less of an impact on the presentation which can always later be altered with a split-shot and they are damn nasty looking. No tails, not sure if that was a good call or not, didn’t want to use flash, could have used hackle, antron, ect but chose not to. I think the picked out dubbing makes the fly and I’m sure trout will let me know.
05 Dec 2009 / Fly Tying
02 Dec 2009 / Fly Tying
Discipline By King Crimson. Check it Out, it might knock the hook out your vise.
01 Dec 2009 / Fly Tying
- Prep Your Hooks In Advance (NFL Sunday)
- Prep Your Materials for the Quantity Your Going to Tie
- Tie with Your Scissors in Your Hand
- Keep Materials and Tools in the Same Spot, Your Brain Needs This
- Avoid Coffee to Avoid the Restroom to Keep Yourself at the Vise
- Keep Your Tunes Pumping
- Take Note of Materials Used for a Quantity of Fly at a Specific Size to Better Estimate Needs When Purchasing for the Future.
I spent time recently working on these Sprinkle Me Baby’s in the hopes that I won’t have to sit at the vise next season the night before I hit a stretch of the clear stuff. Tying more involved flies at a higher rate of speed without the loss of quality can be a tricky thing. Most of you veteran tiers already know and utilize the things that I’ve mentioned above. I know it’s taken me a while to approach my tying from this perspective but it’s a good thing to work towards, the methodical approach to construction. I spent a large amount of the off season last season tying flies that were new to me, some worked, some did not and others I didn’t even try. This year I know most of what I need to tie and I have a rough idea of the quantities needed. With the winter months I’m hoping to become a more efficiant tier. I managed to turn a fly that took me close to 10minutes to prep and tie, down to 5 minutes flat on average simply because I took a bit of time before to really ready myself. I think this is the way to go when dealing with the more time consuming of the flies we tie. It improves your tying skills, wastes less materials not to mention your funds and time.