Craft Store War With Roughfisher…

Metal BeadsI felt a bit outdone by roughfisher’s constant fly tying finds north of me in Fargo. I needed to find something that would match his glimmer chenille. I’m not sure I found it but I did find something. Liz and I were in downtown Winona when I passed one of our craft stores, I thought about roughfisher and had to peak inside. I was surprised, I found beads that I hadn’t seen in other craft stores, in colors I loved so I had to spend a few bucks. These beads are made of some material that has some metal in it, they do add some weight, I would say about half a regular bead of the same size. The packages have smaller beads that fit down to a size #20. Along with the beads it just so happened the owner knew a farmer that raised peacock and sitting in a large basket were full quills almost 4ft in length for a buck fifty!! I grabbed a few just to try them out.

W.F.F. Tied Midge Larva

I got the supplies home and thought for a moment, put the tunes on and started tying. I used some of the darker blue beads for midge larva flies (#20), this also gave me an excuse to use the peacock herl. At my bench it sits in a vase with other feathers, I reach up clip a strand of herl, kind of a neat dispenser as it flutters falling to my desk. I also tied up a W.F.F. variant on a more realistic caddis larva pattern which I used craft store ostrich herl as well. I finished by tying several BWO emerger patterns, just trying new things. So roughfisher, I haven’t outdone you yet, but I’m trying.

         BWO Emerger Tied by W.F.F.     Peacock Herl, Still on the Quill     Caddis Larva Pattern

Oh, and I proved tonight that if you listen to bluegrass while fly tying you will tie faster, better, smarter and you will tie with a smile on your face the entire time!

Fly Tying Tunes


  1. Those black ones look good, bead scuds huh? Those would prolly be a good one in the big river if we can get through the mud. I bet if we tied them small enough we could hit Hog Suckers with them.

    Hows your friday looking? Its the only day I have this weekend.

    Got any size 20s hooks leftover from class?

    Also – man – you gotta log your self out of your blog on my computer at the end of class. I just posted and it came up as you posting. I logged it out.


  2. Yea I got a few 20’s left, I’ll divide them in half and send them your way soon. Not sure what Friday holds, perhaps work. I’ll keep you posted.

  3. looking good. keep the weary eye for craft store deals. you never know what you’re gonna find.

  4. I’m new to town….what craft store has ostrich herl??

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