January is already more than half done. But, I have been making good progress on tying new flies for the empty fly box.
The new year started with expansion of the copper john collection with some size 16's in both red and gold.
And continued with the addition of some size 14 and 16 barr hare coppers. These should help me be ready to imitate some of the lighter colored nymphs I see throughout the year. The barr hare coppers use light hare's mask where the copper johns use the darker peacock.
The copper johns have started a nice shiny little family in the corner of the fly box.
I figured it was time to tackle some of my caddis patterns. Before getting into the green rockworm patterns as planned, I tied up some mercury cased caddis in Size 16 and 18 from Pat Dorsey's tailwater book (some good flies in there).
Looking through my supplies, I realized I had everything I needed to tie up a few guide's choice hare's ear flies in size 16. These were my first soft hackles and, although the hackle was a bit long, I was still pretty happy with how these came out. I will definitely tie up a few more for the box.
There is still a lot of empty space even on this one side on the new box, so I will have to keep finding the time to get on the vise to get all the flies in need in there.
I hope your resolutions are holding up. So far so good for me. One day (or is it, one fly?) at a time.