Archive for April 18th, 2010


Fly Tying: Wet Fly

Wet Fly (SwittersB)

Size 16 hook…red 8/0 thread…dubbed abdomen (gray Hare’s Ear), dubbed thorax (olive Hare’s Ear)…Mallard feather fibers as wing on top of fly…and some chaotic dubbing strands here and there.


Octopus Commits Strong Arm Robbery

“I’ll swap you my spear gun for my camera?”

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End of Life Suggestions (Don’t Dawdle)

Delay, denial, procrastination, avoidance. No. Calmly overcome the inertia. End of life decisions are best not made as loved ones slip away. Their mind is preoccupied with another level of being, that you will become increasingly familiar with.

The ‘pink card’, hospice,  the DNR/DNI (Do Not Resuscitate/Do Not Incubate) decision, the POA (Power of Attorney/Financial/Medical), the Will, the Living Trust, the bequeathments, the arrangements. The child stepping up to lead, suggest, direct, remind, implement.

Whether for your spouse, parent, grandparent or yourself…move…get it done.


Fly Tying: Nymph (Biots Wing & Tail)

Nymph/Emerger w/ Biot Wing & Tail (SwittersB)

This is a variation of the Prince Nymph or Pupatator (no peacock herl body here). A size 14 hook (size 10-14 optimum) was used. I slid on a brass bead (pick your color). A matched pair of brown goose biots was tied in at tail with the dull side or curved side of the biot outward. This aids in obtaining a separated or flared tail. Next tie in a copper wire ribbing and pull it back out of the way over the tail. I twist dubbed a brown synthetic blend onto 8/0 maroon thread. The dubbing noodle is wound up the shank to build a tight, tapered body (abdomen & thorax). The copper wire ribbing was counter wrapped against the ‘grain’ of the dubbing (this allows the ribbing to not sink into the body material and not disappear). A partridge feather was tied in by the tip and wound twice and tied off/clipped. Two matched, white goose biots were placed atop the thorax area and secured with a semi tight thread wrap. I then manipulate the biots farther apart and then cinch down and continue to build up thread wraps behind the bead head. A whip finisher or hand finish is used to complete the fly.

I have since been told that this pattern is sometimes called a Royal Prince Nymph. Substitute red thread for maroon and a peacock thorax (herl or Ice Dub) to be more exact. The curved shank (my unfortunate habit/obsession) is another variation of the pattern compared to the traditional straight shank Prince Nymph.

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