Did a little work at the fly tying bench tonight. It was a great way to end a short work week. Nothing like banging out half a dozen flies to calm the nerves.
Tonight I focused on two chenille intensive patterns. The first, an old standby, the San Juan worm and a new fly (to me) that I found in my book called the “Fox Poopah”.
Poopah… Haha get it? (at this point I HAD to tie it)
As you’ll see in the pictures below I experimented with some red wire on my San Juan worms. This should add some extra weight and with the colored wire (thanks AC Moore) I think it blends in rather nicely.
Here is another one I did. I used thread to build up the fat part of the body. Tthis also doubles as the head of my fly.
The Fox Poopah was a pretty neat pattern to tie. Pretty much a olive chenille worm with some dubbing and ribbing. Antennae and legs are in there too but all and all it wasn’t too hard.
I really just like the
name look of these things.
I changed up the dubbing on the head of this one. I have some black UV ice dubbing that I would eat if I could. Not sure how well it works on fish but the purple/black sparkly look is awesome.
I thought this one looked the most natural.
So here’s the haul. Seven flies in all. It’s always interesting to see how flies turn out.
While I’m still learning a lot I take pleasure in seeing all of the small ways each fly is unique. Some people may call them flaws but I believe mass produced “perfect” flies are missing their soul. The subtle flaws in my flies will hopefully make the fish smile and take pity on my humble attempts at trickery.
Do you tie your own flies? Do you have a favorite pattern? Let us know in the comments below!