Archive for January 14th, 2012

14
Jan
12

Old Fly Boxes Yield Gems

Today, I found an old fly box in an old gear bag in the garage. The box was empty save one row of about a dozen of these little tan Caddis. I honestly don’t remember tying them, but believe the gear bag has not been used in maybe 20 years. The fly box was from the Fly Fisher’s Place in Sisters, Oregon. I used to frequent the shop in the glory days of Harry & Dee Teel. I seem to recall fishing these on the Crooked River (Oregon).

It is a simple dubbed hare’s ear abdomen, a beard of Partridge feather fibers, perhaps duck or mallard from a primary feather and a dubbed thorax to cover the tie in points for the wings and beard. Tied to represent a Caddis pupa, it does not have any weight on the shank. Back then the ubiquitous bead head had not quite emerged.

14
Jan
12

Nymphers v. Swingers

Black Copper Swan (SwittersB)

Of course, having little in the way of redeeming appeal that would be the first thing to pop into your mind. Hmm? This humorous piece over at Blood Knot summarizes that endless banter amongst those that pursue Steelhead…the superiority of swinging the fly vs. the supposed inherent depravity of nymphing for Steelhead. I am posting this for the beginner venturing out into the Winter to fish for Steelhead. It will give you an idea of the lay of the river’s edge and why you may be ignored, cursed or worse (just kind of kidding). Imagine, even the ‘elitist’ have their elites…….. No, just passionate preferences. 

Spey Popsicle, Underwater (SwittersB - T.Muncy)

14
Jan
12

Fly Tying the Random Tuft: Midges

If you followed here over the last few years, you know I am not an exacting fly tier. I admire those that are, but I am in the ‘impressionistic’ category…a deluded bunch who rationalize our tying with poor vision and various other maladies (not funny I know…I have a dear friend in one of these categories). So, let me move to my usual excuse, my vision. Last year I bought those magnification goggles. A purchase that has improved my tying to some degree and relieved some frustrations.

A pile of randomness, designed to baffle trout and agitate them.

The frustration comes about when I try to photograph some small fly and upon seeing my creation via the macro lens, I am brought up short at how imprecise I am. Even now with my goofy goggles, I tie with a degree of chaos. Oh well, no two flies alike and it seems to suit me. Of course, don’t let that dissuade you from striving for perfection.

I wonder in both patterns, if snipping off the bottom portion of the hackle would improve hook-ability on such small hooks? I have had reasonable success with Griffith’s Gnats, so I imagine these will grab just fine. The nippers can always touch up the fly if needed.

I haven’t photographed many flies in the past several months, so my settings are off and I hope you will forgive the lighting/backgrounds and clarity. 




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