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Fly Tying: Why Do You Tie?

~To save money.  ~To learn a new facet of the sport.  ~Enticing fish to your special, creations.  ~Satisfying your creative bent.  ~It links to your understanding of what fish feed upon and why.  ~Playing with tools, gadgets, materials, constructing, the process of it all.  ~The obvious, to catch fish, to feel ‘the moment’. ~More rare, to make money as a commercial tier, grinding out hundreds of dozens.  ~The challenge of something progressively more difficult.  ~Because your peers do, so it just seems that you should too.  ~Celebrating traditional aspects of the sport by tying classic patterns and to better understand the history/evolution of the sport. ~It provides balance. Fly fishing goes with tying; tying goes with fly fishing. What else?


Fly Tying: Blue Moon Caddis Pupa Pattern

Be it novelty, intrigue or curiosity, the blue thing has struck a chord of late. I have noted a few other tiers using blue abdomens and beads on their nymph patterns. This is just a fun concept to experiment with this coming year. The fly was constructed on a size 12 nymph hook. The bead is a blue, ‘metallic’ colored, plastic bead and there are several wraps of lead behind the bead in the thorax area. A dubbed abdomen of blended peacock and amber UV Ice Dub was wound up the shank and the thorax leg/wing effect is from a dubbing brush from Fly Tying Specialties. (Be patient with their website. Their products are outstanding if not yet shown to their full potential).


Fly Tying:Matarelli Whip Finisher w/ Joel La Follette

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Fly Tying: Back Ground & Lighting

Common sense, but just a reminder, to avoid eye strain and for fire safety: have a back drop that is neutral in color and does not compete with your eye’s focus as you tie. This is important to avoid eye fatigue and poor tying. Pick light green or tan. The color should absorb the glare of  your lamp. Look at your vise and the point at which you insert the hook. What is behind it? This is the focal point where nothing in back should distract or cause focus competition. The neutral color or back drop must extend into this visual area to relieve your eyes and allow you to only focus on the jaws of the vise.

The lamp you use must provide direct, bright illumination. You cannot sustain comfortable tying with overhead lighting from the ceiling. The light-lamp must vent off heat through the hood. It has to have a safe cord that can withstand heat. The base must have a sturdy pedestal or clamp. Your tying station must allow for this lamp: shop, garage work station; kitchen table, dining room table. Keep the light down so that it does not glare into your eyes. I have had cords melt, hoods and top switches fry and cheap plastic clamps fracture.

Imagine a commercial tier and their comfortable set up. At least match their lighting and backdrop and you will enjoy tying as the pleasurable diversion it is, for the recreational tier.


Fly Tying: Peacock & Pheasant Tail (Simple Perfections)

As you move further into fly tying, as a beginner, you will tie the basic, often used patterns. The basic patterns are often perfect for learning how to manage certain materials and techniques. Also, the basic patterns offer another trait. The ‘basic’ patterns catch fish. Two materials frequently used in the beginner’s patterns are pheasant tail fibers and peacock herl. A single piece or two of each imparts fuzzy life to a pattern’s abdomen or thorax. Such simple effectiveness are sometimes left behind for ever more interesting materials. Etch this in your beginner’s mind: peacock and pheasant tail are must have materials for nymph bodies. Don’t forget them.


Wet-Pupa: Pheasant Tail Ab, Peacock Thorax, Partridge Wing, Counter Wrapped Ribbing, BH


Fly Tying: Pupalicious Flavors & A.D.D.

Nothing more shows my lack of tying self-discipline than a pupa pattern. On the one hand, my creative side is free to wander in reckless abandon and reap rewards of angling success for it. On the other, I hide behind that creativity with an impressionistic mantel that does not hold me to pain staking sameness of one pattern’s look. Am I that ADD? I don’t think so, but perhaps. I just love the vast possibilities of a pupa pattern and the amazing success one has with the patterns. Regardless of whether you swing, tumble, dredge, troll or suspend them, they produce. With rare exceptions, I have total confidence in these patterns and the vast array of possibilities. They produce; from the top to the bottom of the water column. Punto!

Enjoyable, simple, creative to tie. The possibilities are endless. The hook style is my choice and by no means the only one to use. Also, the bead is not required, other than I like them for getting down on streams. Go ahead, lose yourself to some reckless, unbridled tying with pupa’s. Now, these patterns are not necessarily a pupa, per se, in entomological terms, but more in fly tying terms. They could be an emerging phase or nymphal or whatever, depending upon where and how you are presenting them. They are not confined to the Caddis realm.


Fly Tying: Definitive Dubbing


Dubbing Tools (SwittersB)


Over the last few years, dubbing nymphs (abdomen/thorax) has given way to more segmented, leaner abdomens with the thorax having some dubbing behind the ubiquitous bead head. That said, a bristly, impressionistic nymph/emerger pattern still holds my imagination. True, segmentation does suggest a realistic, recognizable image for the fish. But, that movement of fibers and hairs encased in bubbles speaks to a succulent morsel as well.

Whether one twists dubbing onto a single strand of tying thread, splits the thread and inserts dubbing, creates a dubbing loop (with the above tools) or builds your own dubbing brushes, the dubbed nymph body is suggestive of life.

It is easy to build, in some instances, too thick of a body. It is necessary to study the four types of mayfly nymphs (swimmer, crawler, clinger, burrower) and see how they relate to the nymphs you will try to copy. Match the thickness of the abdomen and thorax as appropriate to the type of mayfly nymphs.

Study the Caddis pupa’s, the Stonefly Nymphs, the Dragon Fly Nymphs, Scuds and Sculpins. How could dubbing provide the suggestion of life beneath the surface, in the surface or on the surface (Ultra Fine dubbing for dry flies too).

I have highlighted this UK Fly Dressing Dubbing piece before. I reviewed it again and it is a lot of effort put forth and is still relevent. There are a few other sites that discuss dubbing, but none that I have found so far as comprehensively as ScotFly’s Effort (here too).

Dubbed Caddis Pupa (SwittersB)

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