Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Fly Tying Update - Summer

Now that summer is in full swing, the pace of tying and filling the boxes has slowed.  Spring cleaning, lawn mowing and other house projects have stolen much of the time I have to dedicate to tying.

But, I feel fairly good about what I have added to the fly box this winter and spring.  Thinking about where I will be fishing, I should have what I need to hook up with a few nice fish.  Obviously, we all really wish we could have few more patterns, colors or sizes.

The grey fly box has not really changed much since last fall as that box was mostly full with previously tied dries and nymphs.

My orange box, however, has filled in a bit, mainly with caddis patterns, both larva and dries.

First came the Green Rock Worms in a few different varieties and sizes,

then some Elk Hair Caddis,

a few Go 2 Caddis,

Puterbaugh Caddis in chartreuse and black,

and finally some Balloon Caddis in ginger and dark brown.

I even found an old stash of San Juan Worms.  Such a simple pattern, it seemed wrong not to have any with me, so I threw those in the box too.

I'd obviously like more patterns, sizes and colors, so will continue the tying to fill the empty space when I can.  I will probably try for a few more caddis ties first.  I have a few fishing days penciled in over the  next few weeks, so these flies should be going for some swims pretty soon.  I hope that your summers are going well and that you are getting out on the water.  Cheers.