Last night I was sitting at the tying bench as I do everyday trying to avoid the shack nasties now that I haven't wet a line in over 2 weeks. This is the longest dry spell I've had in the past year. This time I was looking for something new to play with. All my nymph boxes are packed full and there are 10 dozen flies lying on the bench without a home, so warm water species was the ticket.
After seeing all the great deer hair work from tyers on the Fly Tying Forum I figured I should step away from the foam divers and poppers to continue my education in working with deer hair. Here is my first attempt at separating hair colors, forming a collar and my first deer hair diver.
The thought of fishing warm water quickly turned more focused with thoughts of chasing the wile water wolf and my flies changed direction once again. Unfortunately, while I was gathering materials for some pike flies I found I don't have the materials I was looking for. This seams to be typical for me whenever I set down to tie. It doesn't seam to matter how many materials I have, there is always some thing missing. But I couldn't let this slow me down as tying only one warm water fly and walking away would make me feel lazy, unaccomplished or just straight guilty for the half assed effort. I'm sure we can all agree that a half assed effort in fly fishing leads to a fishless day sitting on the bank with a big knot in our hands to unravel. So I worked with what I did have available changing proportions and materials to create another half dozen basic pike flies in anticipation of spring, which I'm trying to convince myself is just around the corner. Here is what I came up with.
They might not impress the fly tier, but I bet the wile water wolf won't slow down a charge long enough to notice. A trip to the shop is clearly past due...... again.
Is it spring yet?