Posts Tagged ‘fashion

30
Dec
13

Design & Color: Using Basic Black……..

Black Gnat SwittersB

Basic Black: do you remember when every woman had the basic black skirt and slacks as a foundation to their wardrobe? Perhaps they still do…at least the skirt. Well such is the necessary fly fishing presentation of basic black. A black gnat tied small: size 18 hook, black 8/0 thread body, black dubbing ball for thorax and few turns of a small starling feather. You could add a tail of black hackle fibers if you wanted to lean towards a mayfly vs. the midge/chironomid/gnat imitations. Here, I used the 8/0 for the thread head and may, aesthetically, have done better to finish off the fly with a smaller 14/0 thread for the head. 

This small, simple pattern was suggested to me several years ago by a gnat fanatic fly fisher. He almost exclusively fishes “gnats” in black, brown, yellow, olive, tan….simply changing the thread color for the abdomen when tying the pattern. He does quite well in the reaches of the Western U.S. No bead head, no ribbing, no fuss. Mostly just basic black….and good presentations.

22
Jun
13

Momentary Chest Pains………….

hair grizzly

I guess I should explain for the non-fly tier/fisher: A few years ago the hackle industry was overwhelmed with the then fashionable style of long cock feathers blended in with the hair. Less worthy feathers were  used for earrings too. The trend passed and the feathers again became a bit more plentiful in fly shops for tiers. In looking at this above image, I believe the look is actual feathers, but rather the hair colored into a grizzly pattern. I do hope so…..

26
Mar
13

Full Figured Dressings (Mannequins & Hooks)

full figure xSwedish Mannequins Getting Bigger?

Over the last decade or so, everything in fly fishing seems sparse, lean, smaller, lighter. Ever lighter fly rods, thinner waders, fabrics, and ever smaller fly patterns. Efficient and seemingly productive. 

I am not advocating for heavier rods or clothing. But, larger, more full figured fly patterns do have their place in the fly box. Size 18 (fly patterns here) are necessary, but a size 14 (fly pattern or clothing size) is often closer to the reality of what is normally used. 

Perfect your fly tying on larger sized hooks and scale down the proportions and materials to smaller hooks over time. Trying to go to smaller sizes too soon only leads to frustrations, whether dieting or fly tying.




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