Brrr… man, it’s cold ’round here. No better time to start tying.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to clean out the ‘ol fly materials collection (which I think is mostly composed of Tribble hair, considering how rapidly my collection is multiplying). I’m trying very hard not to buy new stuff until I reduce my old stock (with the exception of hooks). So I’ve been making a mix of classic patterns and slightly twisted ones just to use up stuff I have laying around.
I’ve very quickly filled up my smallie/streamer box with a variety of baitfish and craw patterns. I’ve also started experimenting with some Galloup-style flies, including a slight variation on the Zoo Cougar and a Sex-Dungeon-esque articulated streamer.
Also still working on new craw patterns. What started as an abstract craw pattern ended up more as a sculpin-like thing. A second attempt yield better results.
Finally, I did get some trout flies taken care of, all variations of the pheasant tail nymph: my Two-Bit Nymph (because originally I only used two materials-peacock herl and pheasant tail fibers- in two steps, though now I’ve added a beaded thorax), the Mulie (a Redneck Pheasant Tail rip-off or hybrid between a traditional pheasant tail/pink squirrel? You decide), and a soft hackle pheasant tail.
Still got a long way to go… both in the fly box and my materials pile.