Category: Fly Tying Patterns

PHWFF January 11, 2017 – “Fun with a new technique, rod building sign ups and meeting recap”

Our January 11th meeting was a pretty busy one! Some of you who have been in our program over the last few years, might remember that this is the time of year where we split the class in two for a few sessions. Some of you will build fly rods with Harry and the rest of you will be tying with me. The fly tying will also be split up in two groups as well for anyone who is new. New participants will begin with me for your 101 sessions and the other half of the class will continue with me on our 201.

On the vise Q&A- “Too much hackle, not enough hook. Techniques to shorten those soft hackle fibers.”

Anyone who has spoken to me during a presentation, while tying at a show or on the water, knows that I love tying, fishing and talking; soft hackles. If they didn’t know it at first, they learn rather quickly, seeing as though my caffeine fueled ramblings have a tendency to veer in that direction mid conversation without warning.

It’s an addiction! So much so, that in the middle of tying something else, I seem to glance over to where I had previously left a partridge or starling skin, look left and right like I am doing something wrong, abandon my current pattern and move over to my husbands vise! Tie one or two, and then hop back over to my side and continue what I was doing.

Oh what a great addiction to have!

The other side to this, is that no matter how much I love tying and admiring a handful soft hackles where everything is seemingly perfect, doing everything I can to recreate the fly to my liking and bettering myself at the techniques; the bottom line is that soft hackles fish just as good on a first cast as they do after 5 fish. The more chewed up the better they become! The fibers are all over the place, floss is frayed and you’re still hooking fish with the lifelike appearance that they give, even with those materials all askew!

On My Vise: Zebra Midges “Just because they are small, doesn’t mean they should be overlooked!”

There are certain flies that have a tendency to become overlooked for various reasons:

– they are considered “elementary”: ” a San Juan worm?!! Those are too simple to tie. No good for someone as advanced as me. ” 🙄

-they look ridiculous: “Really?? An egg pattern?! eww. I would never fish with that. Not happening”

Or

– A Size 20?! Never! The fish will never see that little thing, why waste my time!”

But you see, that’s just the thing , they do work and trout do see them.

These “ridiculous” flies not only work, but they work very well in these current winter months in which we are in.

..And the sad little zebra midge.. half hidden in the slot of your fly box.. is no stranger to being passed on by..

On My Vise:”New Year, New Me?” How about I just stick with a new tutorial to an old technique! 😂 The LaFontaine Cased Caddis 

It’s 2017!

How does that old saying go?

“New Year, New me”?

Well I’ll tell you what.. Seeing as though I won’t be whipping up any resolutions for consuming less bacon or coffee, and will more than likely just spend the rest of the new year, as usual, crossing out 2016 on everything I write because it’s now 2017.. 😂

What I do know, is that there’s never a bad time to try a new technique in regards to fly tying.

A few weeks back I posted a fly pattern for the LaFontaine Deep Sparkle Pupae, and after going through some tips to palmer hackle on a fly such as the wooly bugger, I decided that there’s no better way to start the new year than with a technique that may have been forgotten in these new times.

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.

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