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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tying, Tying And More Tying

Been busy at the vise quite a bit lately.  The weather and low temperatures have seemed to habitually fall on days that I would be free to fish.  Updating the website and storefront along with spinning some creativity have been the norm.  Here are a few of the things I have been tying.

A small order of sorts, From top Left heading clockwise, size 18 brown DT nymphs, size 20 brown DT nymphs, size 20 olive Synthetic quill nymphs, and size 18 winter stones in golden.





 A couple dozen weighted synthetic quill nymphs for the upcoming season.  This was one in particular was a producer in 2010.

A couple more dozen synthetic quill nymphs, another good color combo, especially when any olives are around.

And another couple dozen in a brown shade.  You can never go wrong with brown, it is a great color..

A Bugger Beast Jr. filled to the brim with Ice Pick Streamers and Articulated Ice Pick Streamers eagerly awaiting some long days in the drift boat pounding banks for fatties....

And lastly, the finishing touches to the last color of Beaded Classified Caddis I desperately needed to replenish from last season.  This little pile of black caddis pupa will be working overtime in a few months....

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Great Find

So a close friend of mine being very generous gave me a great gift this holiday season. Always searching for anything fly tying related to add to my ever growing and out of control fly fishing library, this particular book is a huge score. Hooks For The Fly by William Schmidt is a wonderful addition.

This particular book has been in print since 1997 and although there are some newer models of hooks available, this book is an absolute must have for those of you in need of a reference for comparable hook brands. Let's face it, there are so many different brands and styles of hooks available out there, and sometimes a certain recipe may call for a specific hook which you may not be able to get your hands on.

This book is great, it not only gives descriptions and definitions on all the nomenclature associated with the hook and it's design, but also breaks each brand down into a very readable chart with a description on every aspect of the hooks design and use.

The other great tool in the book is a comparison reference chart for all brands at the end of every chapter making it easy to find an alternative hook for your recipes. Two thumbs up and a great reference to leave at your tying desk.
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