“I cant thank you enough for offering your fly tying class! I had no idea that I would enjoy learning to tie flies as much as I did, and assuring everyone that you are there to answer any questions made me very comfortable” -Lisa…
“The Moosemane Olive”
Hook: Nymph Hook
Tail: Pheasant Tail Fibers
Body: Two strands of olive moose mane (one dark one light)
Thorax: Rabbit/Squirrel mix in olive and natural
Wing Case: Folded over pheasant tail
Im a big fan of trying to come up with “all around generic patterns” and this is another great one! These flies when tied very small, will imitate those little blue wing olive nymphs, and on a bigger hook are another great “generic” fly such as a hares ear and pheasant tail.
There are many small adjustments you can make while tying that will allow you to handle your materials much easier. On the other hand, at some point you will come to realize that there are certain materials that will give you a great deal of problems at first. Some may even take you to the breaking point and you will find yourself shoving that package of material in a tying bin somewhere, cursing yourself for wasting the money and wishing you never bought it. With these fly tying tips and tricks, I hope to help you change your thought process when it comes to those materials you have trouble with. Many of the problems tyers have are not that they are using the material wrong, it may be that they have a different technique than someone else.
Many of my tutorials also have trouble shooting photos included and I hope that utilizing the information within these pages, will help you to give some of those materials another chance.
I have yet to meet a fly tyer that doesn’t enjoy reading in some way or another. On the other hand, I HAVE met tyers who hated to read until they started tying. Which is something that I tell many people will happen. People who absolutely detest the idea of sitting down with book and “wasting time”see an immediate change when the subject is relevant to their life.
“Find something that interests you and get a book on the subject. It will change your outlook in more ways than one.”
In a world which is on “internet auto pilot” when it comes to finding out information in the blink of an eye; many of us are still old enough to remember when you had to go to the library to find out what you wanted to know. And you sure as hell didn’t use the computer to locate that book! You went to the card catalog, did a search and flipped through those index cards by hand; wrote down that call number and off you went! From there you wandered down the aisles of knowledge that rose up on either side of you, and if you were a book worm like me; there was no better feeling. To know that you were on a quest for knowledge. I still get like this, and its something that will never change. I read a vast array of topics and some of which I found interesting I would like to share with you here. Click on the link in the photo to be taken to the book review.
❄️When the snow is falling and the rivers are high there’s no better way to shake off that cabin fever than by tying a few new patterns to stock those boxes. ❄️
I will be teaching two patterns this Sunday, March 4 at Ramsey outdoor in Succasunna New Jersey and the class is free! Just bring your vise and tools and come on down!