Research –> Tie

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I’m guilty of jumping the gun. I have the information available to me but with zeal I just sat down and began tying. I’m pleased I found tying these flies more enjoyable, it came a bit easier this time and makes knowing that I have to do it all over again that much more tolerable. According to those in the know my hackle is far to light for these to pass as Dark Hendricksons. I may end up taking a razor blade to them to save the hooks or I may attempt them anyways just to see, maybe the lighter bodied flies will pass as Lt. Hendricksons. They may end up in a box somewhere, I’ll pull them out 10 years from now and exclaim its the “Dumbass Hatch!” Anyways, learn from my mistake as I must. Do your research before you reach for your nice dry fly cape.

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3 Comments:

  1. I wouldn’t worry. I think they will catch fish when the Hendrickson hatch occurs this Spring. You are close enough that the fish won’t notice.

  2. I’m hoping so, also lets hope the snow melt doesn’t wash half the hatch away. Hearing reports of strong spring flooding has me on alert.

  3. I agree with tworod. I spent years buying the “exact” pattern material. Now I improvise. Get the size right first and close to the right shade. A friend of mine ties flies based on how he “feels”. Comes up with all kinds of stuff. But you know what – he catches as many fish as I do. His basic form is sound, he just likes to make the wingcase of a PT nymph bright yellow now and then. He showed me what he was using yesterday and it was that pattern tied on a scud hook. He out fished me 2:1.

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