At our Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing meeting on December 14th, 2016 we discussed some upcoming trips we have planned for the spring, we also ate an entire tray of cookies…
After one of our last trips where we found nothing but low water, I decided that having a fly that can stay off the rocks while still being fishable in almost any situation, was one that everyone needed to add to their arsenal.
*At the bottom of the page I have added a few tips for the cone head variation that we tied as well, the material is in your kit*
Woolly buggers can be tied many different ways for various depths, cone heads, lead wire ect. but this one here, that we tied during class and (for those of you who took one home, the kits are of the same pattern) is specifically tied for low-water.
During our December 14th, 2016 PHWFF meeting we tied a Wooly Bugger that works great in low water, but if you missed it or you just need to brush up on some skills in regards to how to palmer a hackle back and bring the thread through the front, then this is the place for you!
Start by grabbing your favorite wooly bugger hackle.
The “Slide Loop” Technique
We all have certain materials that have a tendency to drive us a little crazy. Materials that don’t want to cooperate when we attempt to tie them in, and in some cases, the pinch wrap just wont cut it. You may find that flash material, rubber legs and even laser dubbing that are some of those culprits that are giving us a problem.
One minute you’re trying to tie in a few small strands and next thing you know the flash is kinked, the legs are snapped or pulling out and you’ve accomplished nothing but a mess.
I am going to show you a quick trick that will help you get a handle on them.
*A few things to keep in mind*
The way this technique works is that where-ever your thread has stopped, is where your material is going to land when you slide it up; so be sure that you are beginning this technique where you would like for it to be tied in place. One other point I wanted to make is that you will be doubling over your material, so if you are looking for your fly to have two rubber legs in that area; you will only need one piece of material.
Because when those idle hands keep idling, the caffeine kicks in, and the Golden Girls has a marathon on TV.. you start making stuff like this
What is it about the hare and copper that makes it so attractive to trout?
Does it look like anything?
Or is it simply because in fast water it looks like everything?
Everyone who knows me, knows that I love to cook, and those same people also know that while I will give anyone a recipe to anything I make… It isn’t always so simple because I don’t always have them written down.
(And then I hear “so.. I don’t measure anything? Just toss it in? And cook it for how long? Until it’s done?? what kind of answer is that?!”😂😂😂)
So Bare with me because this recipe is kind of one of those.
But it’s worth it, and it’s very versatile.
Also Remember none of this is set in stone so use whatever vegetables you have on hand, whatever spices you like and season it to taste.
Floss is used to create bodies on many different patterns and once you get the hang of it it is a lot of fun to use.
And while it may be fun to use, it doesn’t mean it is always easy to handle at first.
Let’s take a look at how to make a body with floss, then we will get into some trouble shooting and some of your questions and answers.
Winter is here and Christmas is around the corner!
As I am currently working on finishing up some holiday and winter projects I can’t help but think about the ones I finished (and didnt finish) in fall. Theres just something about fall fabric that you cant help but collect!
Even though I have been fishing since I was 3, I have only been tying flies for about 4 years, and no matter how long I do this, the urge to expand my knowledge will only get greater. So for me to share a table with another Tyer is always awesome in more ways than one. There’s much in the way of material discussions, techniques and history, along with a lot of laughing and thread breaking 😂😂
Only after having transformed that ‘clean’ tying room into a mad scientist lab like a tornado with 500 ideas in your brain for the millionth time, and after you notice that you have reference books spanning the last 100+ years on the floor, open to all different pages, notes and trial and error drawings scribbled… Continue reading It’s an addiction.