Posts Tagged ‘tying

16
Aug
19

A classic bead head nymph…

Time flies (no pun intended) and what was innovative (like a bead head) in the early 80’s is now a classic, basic fixture in fly tying of nymph patterns. Still a great, basic nymph pattern! The tinsel rib is seen less today, but the glint of segmentation is still an eye catcher. I still enjoying taking these macro shots of flies I’ve tied and use.

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26
Feb
19

Dusting off the vise…

Spring is near. The Winter doldrums worse than usual. Tying some flies might rekindle the anticipation.

23
Jan
19

Fly tying: deer hair collar…

A buoyant material added on a caddis pattern. Spun in a dubbing loop and wrapped as a collar/thorax. It is fairly durable and impressionistic of wing/legs.

09
Dec
16

baitfish pattern…

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06
Oct
16

Caddis Fly pattern…

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Size 16 X Caddis, Elk Hair Wing for trout

25
Nov
12

For Gin Clear Water (Bombay Sapphire)

No excitor colors here of hot pinks, blues or orange. Just basic black and white over a silver tinsel body.   Swung through cold, clear ‘traveling’  waters of Winter, perhaps it will incite a follow and a take from a fish on the move. Certainly a Summer pattern too when subtle incites or follows a bigger fly presentation.

18
Nov
12

Fly Tying: Working the Kinks Out

I tied very little during the Summer. Most of my tying last year was in the Winter and trailed off into Spring as I assessed my fly boxes as pretty much complete. This past Spring/Summer really didn’t deplete my boxes that much. 

I have a partial tying ‘to do’ list in mind to include: some larger baitfish patterns for some Bass that need a comeuppance; Damsel dries (the few I had took a beating and provided some of the most fun dry fly fishing I have had in years); smaller-micro style Leech patterns in assorted colors; some basic Steelhead patterns probably with stinger hooks. I tied so much last time that I am stocked.

So, today I did what isn’t always productive for me…I just randomly tied and created and really did it to keep my rusty hand into tying. It showed I was rusty and disorganized. But, I always am when I lay off for several months. Now more disconcerting than my fumbling fingers is my fumbling eyesight and focusing the camera anymore. The slight blur is annoying. That will definitely be something to maybe improve upon this Winter…my macro work.

Chaos Caddis, Size 16 (That’s a creative way of saying it was over dubbed and messy.

25
Oct
12

A Thing of Beauty…That Transcends ‘Porn’

Photography is a wonderful endeavor. It captures such magnitude, at times. Beauty, passion, energy, awe and just plain pleasure. Such is the case for me, with certain images of fish. There are many in my circle of fly fishers, or let’s say fishermen in general, that are greatly pleased with the beauty of a fish. 

The term ‘fish porn’ arose a few years ago to capture that energy one feels of looking at a beautiful fish that subconsciously replicates something sexy, curvy, plump, sexy, powerful etc.  Sometimes, a thing of beauty transcends the provocative porn label…I know it does.

A couple of things, that I have come to take for granted, should be noted for those that visit here for the images or my blazing charm…the photos of fish that are so gorgeous have been taken by my wife or son and it is important to note that the fish are released back into the waters unharmed.

I do get the occasional comment re ‘good eating’ or ‘tasty’. Short of a few hatchery (“put and take” resource) steelhead or salmon, I rarely kill any fish. I long ago stopped killing trout because they often went to waste. There are hatchery trout that are also there for “put and take” enjoyment. I just don’t bother with it anymore. The above Rainbow Trout is too glorious for me to harvest it for a meal. 

04
Oct
12

Sexy Stuff: Marabou

Isn’t it sexy? Can you imagine it wet? No, not her baby doll. That sexy, undulating tail on that damsel. I said not her. Ok, I haven’t really posted one naughty insinuation on SwittersB in ages. So, its over…relax.

For the beginning fly tier, marabou is one great material to become familiar with for tails, abdomen, wings. It pulses and undulates with the slightest movements. Learn the types of marabou feathers and how they are used for various patterns. Never treat marabou with any floatant materials (same with CDC). Let it work its magic. This will also encourage you to visualize how you are presenting a fly beneath the surface.

Sexy: Provocative, Seductive, Appealing, Exciting….This Rainbow Trout took a marabou enhanced streamer pattern. Caught/Released.

02
Aug
12

Fly Tying: When Do You Tie?

A weighty question of when do you tie? I find, I seldom tie during the Summer months unless to replenish something I either lost a bunch of or I discover a pattern I forgot to tie up and now find the need for. I notice others tie often throughout the year. I also notice when I start to tie again during the Fall/Winter my tying skills have retreated and it takes a while to get into the swing of it all. Like riding a bike it comes right back. So, I guess my tying is more utilitarian and less for the joy of it all. Because I haven’t tied a fly in many months. I borrowed this shot from someone, but neglected to note the source when I downloaded it. Sorry about that. SwittersB




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