Thursday, September 6, 2012
Bugs from the Bench...."Copper Johns , Pheasant Tails and Midges...Micro-sized Flies
It's been too long since I've posted anything , but the truth is I just havn't been fishing in the past couple of weeks. Several projects around the house have taken the majority of my free time since getting back from my Iowa trip and when I'm not trying to scratch another item off of that never-ending chore list I've been preparing for the next adventure. This preparation includes trying to fill some empty spots in a few flyboxes and tying up a few specialty patterns for the waters we'll be fishing.
With our destination being one of the Gold Medal tailwaters in Colorado that's known for it's ultra-finicky residents I spent a few nights testing my nerves by attempting to tie some of my favorite nymph patterns on size #20 and 22 hooks. I'm not a great tyer under normal circumstances , but when I started trying to cram all of that material onto a size #22 hook I soon realized that I'd better have a stout drink on the bench next to me to help ease my frustration level. It took a few flies ending up in the trash fly bin before I created something I was able to live with and that the trout wouldn't snub their nose and laugh at. In the end I managed a few workable flies in a couple nights of tying but I have to tell you , unless it's a thread midge , from here on out I'm sticking to size #16 and bigger!
I do have to recommend the book in the first picture for anyone interested in tying small flies. While the book isn't a treasure trove of new patterns , Mr Engle explains the advantages of small flies and gives the reader numerous ideas and tips to make the process less frustrating. You can't read the book and not learn something as a fly tyer. I'm not gonna throw out any recipes for these ties , these are all standard flies that everyone already knows how to whip up , they're just a little smaller than usual. I just hope the fish approve of them on the upcoming trip , it'll make the four-letter word rants that spewed from my piehole while tying them seem worthwhile at that point!!
Posted by HighPlainsFlyFisher