Fly Tying & Fishing Your “Hmmm’s?”

Fly Tying, for me, often results in dozens of finished flies that just don’t quite come together as planned. Experiments (most often) off the beaten tying patterns path or just distractions and lack of focus have resulted in flies that maybe get tucked into a fly box (if lucky) or into a lumping of such uninspiring patterns into a sandwich bag, lidded box or such, and forgotten.

Maybe some of those Hmmm’s (you look at them in the vise or fly box and say a quizzical or exasperated ‘Hmmm?’) deserve an experiment on the water? Such is the below pictured pattern. A little ’emerger’ pattern that is a sloppy tie, but isn’t it worth a try? Frankly, if no one ever saw what we tied or we didn’t take pictures and display them for scrutiny, who would know their visual worth beyond you and the fish?

I have plenty more where this came from!

5 Responses to “Fly Tying & Fishing Your “Hmmm’s?””

  1. 1 Big Head Caddis
    March 22, 2012 at 19:36

    What’s on the body?


    • 2 SB
      March 22, 2012 at 19:46

      Hello BHC,

      The tail material was tied in. A copper wire ribbing was then tied in at mid shank and wrapped back over toward the tail/bend. The excess tail material was wrapped up to the thorax region and then tied/cut. The ribbing was wrapped up over the abdomen. The tail/body material is a very slender metallic material called Angel Hair, usually a wing material for streamers. I think even a thread body would have sufficed.


  2. March 22, 2012 at 07:11

    nice one which should most definitely be fished !
    in my opinion, most fly tiers try to make a ‘too perfect’ imitation when they’re tying emergers. (i realize that you never mentioned anything about emergers but let’s just pretend) 😆
    the real insects are in a mutating process and look anything but neat ! and this one fits the bill perfectly :mrgreen:
    i’ve been working on this concept for a few years now, here’s one of them that your fly instantly reminded me of
    there are a lot of similarities.



    • 5 SB
      March 22, 2012 at 07:17

      Gosh am I that obvious! 🙂 I like that pattern of yours and you are right….I often forget about the presentation changing from a somewhat drag free presentation into a wet fly presentation…why not! Your pattern (and mine) would easily fill that role. Thanks…



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