Saturday, February 27, 2010

Fly Tying Series #10 More Crease Flies

Based on some suggestions and just thinking about it, I tried some more crease flies.  This is my most recent attempt.  I'm still not 100% happy but these are getting closer to what I thought it should be.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Fly Tying Series #9 Crease Flies

These are still not turning out the way I want but they'll probably catch fish.

They are a little more boxy and chunky than I'd like.  A couple things that will make this better.  One is to use a longer shank hook so I can get a more sweeping curve or a more gradual taper.  The other is sharper scissors.  I used an old pair of scissors because I didn't want to use my good tying scissors on glued foam.

I'm trying to decide if I want to tie these with a "fish belly" profile or more of a straight taper profile.

This is my first attempt at these so I'm still in experimental stage.  If I get some tied up looking the way I want, I'll post some step by step photos and the like but right now, I'm making so many mistakes that I'm just posting some train wreck pictures and will keep working on them.

A couple more photos after the jump:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Snow Pictures

Since there is very little fishing to talk about and I've been too busy shoveling snow from my driveway and walkway to actually tie any flies for a couple days, I thought I'd show some photos of the snow here in Kentucky.  Of course, I haven't gotten out much to take pictures beyond my yard and house but for those of you who live in places where there is no snow, we'd be happy to send some your way if you'd like.

Just repeat after me: Spring is 6 weeks away, spring is 6 weeks away, spring is 6 weeks away.  Just like in the Wizard of Oz, you'll wake up in your own bed to the sound of singing birds and the smell of gentle rain on the warm spring breezes.

See some more after the jump

Thursday, February 11, 2010

More Weather Rant

What's going on in the world of Kentucky Fly fishing?  Absolutely nothing.

Snow - ugh
what is it good for?
Absolutely nothing!

Let's see, what can a fly fisherman do when there's a foot of snow on the ground, all the water is in a solid form and it's too cold to go out and fish even if liquid water could be found?

Well, I could spend more time in the office but that isn't going to be much fun.  I already spend enough time in the office so spending more is out of the question.

That leaves tying flies, playing guitar, reading about other people fishing and marking days off the calendar until the sun shines warm again, the hills turn a thousand shades of green and the fish start biting again.

By my trusty calendar, mid-April is about 7 weeks away.  That translates to approximately 49 days or 1,176 hours.  What to do for the next 1,176 hours?  I'll spend about 392 of it sleeping (that helps pass the non-fishing time quickly), hopefully not more than 325 working, about 20 behind the wheel of my car, That leaves about 439 hours to split up between eating, bathing (once a month regardless of if I need it or not), playing guitar, doing stuff at Church and tying flies.

One may thing 439 hours is a lot of time, but really, it's not that much time at all. At an average of about 6 flies per hour (including set up, clean up and putting away stuff), that's about 74 flies.  I have to get my hour or so a day in on the guitar or I start having string withdrawal symptoms.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Fly Tying Series #8 Crappie Flies (nightmare series) and first attempt at spinning deer hair

This week, I"m going to post a couple flies I have recently tied.  I'm not going to do the usual step by step for a couple reasons.  First, I'm feeling incredibly lazy and was tying flies right before the big game party with our church youth group yesterday (Go Saints by the way).  For some reason, the people at Church considered me "adult" supervision for the teenagers.  Oh, what a misconception that was.  It was more like the kids were the supervision for me.  But, this is fly tying and not what a kid Jeff was with the other kids at church.

So, today, I'm going to post some photos of a couple styles of flies I tied yesterday.  I'll give a description and materials.  These fall on the easy side of the easy to tie scale.

I also tried my first time spinning deer hair.  I'll post those at the end.

Read after the jump for some photos and see some of the really ugly flies Crappie seem to eat.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Wintry Mix

I always love it when the weather guy talks about "wintry mix".  They almost make it sound appetising like something good to eat.  Yumm, take a bag of wintry mix along the next time you go fishing.  It's healthy, gives you endless energy and won't make you fat.".  Yes, "wintry mix" sounds like the perfect foodstuff.

Read more of my "weather rant" after the jump: