Archive for March 8th, 2012

08
Mar
12

Fly Tying: Bearded Wonder…’52 Buick

Here is a little gem I found a few of in a half empty fly box tucked away in a forgotten drawer in the garage. The ’52 Buick. An old time British Columbia classic I learned to tie long ago along with Carey Specials, Doc Spratley’s and Half Backs and Full Backs.

’52 Buick: What a nice little, basic fly for a beginner: a Size 10, 2xl nymph hook (here an old Mustad 3906B hook). The tail is dyed green Guinea feather fibers pulled from the stem and a clump tied in at the bend. The ribbing here is older gold tinsel, but today I would opt for copper wire. The abdomen is a dubbed green rabbit fur, but again any green dubbing would do. The abdomen was dubbed up 3/4 of the way and then followed with the ribbing. Then a beard of guinea. The beard is not seen as much these days. The wing case is peacock sword and the thorax is peacock herl. The thread was 6/0 olive. Even if you forgo the beard this is a simple pattern to tie, meant for stillwaters. Easy to tie and a classic pattern.

08
Mar
12

WildScape Jewelry highlighted @ Fresh Start

FRESH START POINTS TO WILDSCAPE’S CADDIS FLY JEWELRY

Wildscape's creation of fancy digs for caddis fly larva. (Moldy Chum Source)

08
Mar
12

Fly Tying: Spring’s Eternal Fiddling

All the fiddling and sorting of fly boxes. Regrouping and culling out the uglies. Pretty little rows of possibilities. How many fly boxes must a grown fly fisher have? If there such a thing as hoarding of fly boxes? I suspect there is for fly tying materials.

I have little left to tie. Some more wets, some little patterns with tufts of CDC, some Ants, some Damsels. I think I have tied about all I really need for the coming seasons. But, I have been feeling pretty energized tying of late and it has relieved a bit of the pent up life forces that have accumulated. So, I may continue to experiment and dabble for no charted purpose beyond the pleasure of creating and imagining the presentation and take. 




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