Here are a few things from yesterday’s tying demo at the Compleat Angler that are top of mind with me this snowy afternoon:
Wet flies tied in the North Country style are admired both for their simplicity and bugginess. (And trout like them, too.) By the way, group, I was wrong about the Snipe and Purple: the feather in the hackle is not an under covert, it’s from the top of the wing. Nonetheless, I’ll fish that fly with its horrible botched head and catch a trout.
It’s amazing how you can change the energy of a fly simply by altering the color of the hackle. Two Partridge and Light Cahills, the same but different.
The more I use the rotodubber, the more I like it for fur hackles. Like the NoCo spiders, people gravitate toward the Squirrel and Ginger, and with good reason. It’s one of my most consistent producers.
No two Usuals I tie seem to come out the same.
Confidence catches fish.
I really enjoy the questions and discussions during a demo, both fishing and tying related. I’m humbled — and grateful — that people take the time to come out and connect with me. Thanks to everyone who showed up, and thanks to the Compleat Angler for being such swell hosts.
By the way, I was impressed by the shop’s selection of hackles — and fly tying materials in general. Lots of wonderful wet fly capes in stock, and I left with a lovely Light Ginger hen neck. Check them out at 541 Post Road in Darien, CT.
Marabou adds a little magic to any fly. All that’s missing on this Deep Threat is the Ice Dub collar. Thanks for the photo, Mina.
How nice to see sparsely tied flies without articulation, reverse tied bucktail or a large wad of dubbing or hair stuck on the head and then coated with glue.
Also, you won’t need to visit the chiropractor after a day of fishing spiders and you can lift that right hand up with a cigar or scotch to make a toast!
Looking at those spiders makes me think of a warm May evening, and the electric surge generated by the tug on the end of the line.
Great articles as usual. I really hated missing it, but I prepaid for a day tying at Upcountry before I realized that it was the same day. Next time. Vicky
No worries. Hope your tying at UpCountry was fun. 🙂