Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cold + snow = Fly Tying

Winter has been in full force lately. The mountains have received up to 16" of snow over the past few days, with some places, such as Mt. Leconte pushing 2 feet. I'm hoping to crank out a load of flies as we progress into winter. Christmas Break, which is coming up, will likely be a period where I tie constantly. Haven't had much time as of late. Hoping that will change. Rhododendron, large fish, and hang ups have robbed me of my once bountiful fly boxes. I'll be tying more flies catered towards wild fish, as I'm planning on doing a lot of backcountry, hike-in trips this spring/summer/fall.

Here's a recent bug:

Improved Humpy

Hook: TMC100
Thread: 6/0 black
Tail: Moose mane
Body: Chartreuse floss or thread
Overbody: 2mm tan foam
Wings: Calf tail
Hackle: Brown or Coachman brown


Owl Jones said...

Tyler, if you enjoy skating a caddis or two for spring fish, you might want to tie a few of these: http://omgflytying.blogspot.com/2010/11/who-needs-free-flies-anyone.html

The first ones work remarkably well for skating the fly, if I do say so myself. ;) lol I haven't taken a fish on one yet, but when the caddis start flitting around this spring, I'm hoping this thing will meet with their approval - and save me time and money.