Archive for April 30th, 2010


Fly Tying: Passing Time

A random, scattered day of tying. A distraction. A diversion. Fly tying can be that. Not tying with intense purpose for an outing. Just going through the motions with a hint of creativity…an automatic embellishment here and there. Today, I tied a couple of patterns to use some chenille that Jean Paul at roughfisher sent my way. Also, I wanted to use the aftershaft or filoplume at the bottom of a patch of  ringneck pheasant feathers for a tail; short tufts of webby fibers. I tied enough to get some shots and enough to know I like the material Jean Paul sent my way….thank you. Triple click on this top pic to see how beautiful those feathers really are.

In the above pattern, I wanted a hint of hot green feather fibers on either side of the head. The hook is a size 12 streamer hook (Mustad 79580), the body is Roughfisher’s chenille.

The below pattern is a fluff job, typical of stillwater creations. As I tied it, I thought…nothing too unique there…the bead chain eyes are actually very light plastic from a long chain. So, they are light enough that I doubt they would flip the fly over.

Boy howdy! That is a nice little fly isn’t it?

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