Month: December 2016

PHWFF December 14, 2016 – The Low Water Woolly Bugger

At our Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing meeting on December 14th, 2016 we discussed some upcoming trips we have planned for the spring, we also ate an entire tray of cookies…

After one of our last trips where we found nothing but low water, I decided that having a fly that can stay off the rocks while still being fishable in almost any situation, was one that everyone needed to add to their arsenal.

*At the bottom of the page I have added a few tips for the cone head variation that we tied as well, the material is in your kit*

Woolly buggers can be tied many different ways for various depths, cone heads, lead wire ect. but this one here, that we tied during class and (for those of you who took one home, the kits are of the same pattern) is specifically tied for low-water.

Fly Tying 101: “How to palmer a full body hackle that has been tied in by the stem”

During our December 14th, 2016 PHWFF meeting we tied a Wooly Bugger that works great in low water, but if you missed it or you just need to brush up on some skills in regards to how to palmer a hackle back and bring the thread through the front, then this is the place for you!

Start by grabbing your favorite wooly bugger hackle.

Fly tying tips and tricks: The “Slide Loop” technique for those aggravating materials!

The “Slide Loop” Technique

We all have certain materials that have a tendency to drive us a little crazy. Materials that don’t want to cooperate when we attempt to tie them in, and in some cases, the pinch wrap just wont cut it. You may find that flash material, rubber legs and even laser dubbing that are some of those culprits that are giving us a problem.

One minute you’re trying to tie in a few small strands and next thing you know the flash is kinked, the legs are snapped or pulling out and you’ve accomplished nothing but a mess.

I am going to show you a quick trick that will help you get a handle on them.

*A few things to keep in mind*

The way this technique works is that where-ever your thread has stopped, is where your material is going to land when you slide it up; so be sure that you are beginning this technique where you would like for it to be tied in place. One other point I wanted to make is that you will be doubling over your material, so if you are looking for your fly to have two rubber legs in that area; you will only need one piece of material.

Idle hands: A golden girls Crosstitch! 

Because when those idle hands keep idling, the caffeine kicks in, and the Golden Girls has a marathon on TV.. you start making stuff like this

On My Vise: Hare and copper (with a little squirrel tossed in for good measure) 

What is it about the hare and copper that makes it so attractive to trout?

Does it look like anything?

Or is it simply because in fast water it looks like everything?

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