One more week behind us and one week closer to summer! Whats happened this week? Fly tying materials rolling in the shop, gear coming in, powder day on the Mt., Sub Zero temps and….. Lots of fly tying! Whats going on with tying nights this week?
Wednesday Night, AKA Knotty Night, is a all ladies night of fly tying. This is a great environment to learn and hone your skills at tying flies. Every week is a little different and suited to what the group wants to do. We are going to have to start Ladies Night at 6:30 instead to 6:00. We can talk about another evening if 6:30 is to late…. So for this week lets meet at 6:30 and we’ll go from there. We are going to be tying some dry flies. Last week we had a request to learn how to tie Parachute Adams, Humpy and Royal Wulff’s. These flies do take a bit of practice and a few skills to learn. So for this week lets work on tying Parachute Adams, Purple Haze and a traditional Hackled Dry Fly. Learning these flies will give you the skillz to pay the bills! Ohh yeah… they catch fish too! Parachute Adams is arguably the best dry fly ever? Some would also say the same of the Purple Haze? Crazy! Here is a quick little warm up video for ya’all…..
So here is a list of materials for you list people….
Hooks – size 12-18 Dry Fly Hooks, These are standard length and wire diameters. Dai Riki #305 and its cousin the #300 ( 1XL shank).
Thread – Black, Gray and Purple 6/0 and 8/0 Uni Thread
Hackle – Grizz and Brown Dry Fly Hackle. Dun will also do if thats the only color you have.
Dubbing – Gray Dry FLy Dubbing or all your dry fly dubbing that you have.
Other Body Materials – MFC Wonder Wrap in Purple, Sexi Floss in Purple or any color Flexi Floss you have
Wing Post – White McFlyon, Parapost Material or Poly. If you want to tie hi viz posts bring in the same materials in black, pink, red, chart or any color you have confidence in. Just stay away from antron. Antron dosent float very well.
Tail materials – I’m a big fan of Moose for my tails. But you can use hackle fibers, Deer hair or Microfibbets.
Thursday Fly Tying Night
Last week was super fun tying green Machines and drooling over Cameron’s sick little stoneflies! We had a request for Mouse Night! Phil got everyone pumped up with his stories of Pike hammering mouse patterns! So we are going to be tying the Morrish Mouse and Streamers! Streamer Night is always good… Throw in a mouse and it’s a double good time! I will have elk hair prepped and ready for everyone’s mouses….. Im also going to be tying a streamer pattern that I fell in love with this fall…. The Space Invader. It’s a great little pattern with lots of great qualities. Here is a short list of materials to think about.
Hooks – 8-2 3XL and 4XL hooks
Thread – Black, Brown or olive 6/0 or 3/0
Body Material – Medium Chenille in brown, black and olive brown verigated.
Wing – Ostrich Herl in Brown, Olive, Black and your favorite color.
Medium Copper Ribbing
Dubbing – Ice Dubbing in all your colors.
Tail – Black, Olive and tan Marabou…. Bring what you got or your favorite colors.
Dumbbell Eyes – Large to Small
Schlappin – Black, Olive, brown or your favorite colors.
That’s a short list of materials for the space invader and will work for lots of other great streamer patterns. Check out the Space Invader and bring one of your favorite streamers! You can never have enough streamers! cant wait to tie with everyone! Remember… Ladies Night is starting at 6:30 this week…. Give a call if you have anymore questions.