The First fly I ever tied was a black Wooly Bugger. Is there a better fly out there to demonstrate the basics of fly tying? Its large size facilitates tying, it follows the basic steps used in most of todays flies, and lets be honest it catches fish like crazy. It is for these reasons that I choose to start my new friends, the riverside scouts, off tying with the Wooly Bugger. I have to be honest, they did a great job and I’m sure their creations will one day catch fish if they venture out to try. For tying instructions click Wooly Bugger Tutorial
This Saturday I will be giving a free fly tying demo at our local fly shop here in Logan Utah. I will be touching on attractor nymphs, including Egan’s Frenchie, Iron Lotus, and a few of my favorite original patterns. I’m planning on finding time to talk about the Provo River, and effective patterns I use while guiding. For me it is tough to talk about attractor nymphs and not include European style nymphing, so I’m sure I will throw that into the loop as well (since it is my favorite fly fishing topic to talk about). It starts at 10:00 AM this Saturday, so if you are in the area, feel free to stop in.
Here in Utah, winter finally decided to show up, along with some storms. Its been extremely cold and windy as of late. Even if I consider myself a hardcore fly fisherman, there are still days when its time to leave those waders hanging up in the garage and sit down at your vise. With that said, January is a great month to fill up the spaces in your fly boxes. Its also a great time to work on some new patterns. If you have plenty of your confident patterns tied up and ready to fish, you can spend some time tying up some patterns that you have been thinking about tying, but never had time to tie them.
Taking advantage of this cold month to catch up 0n your tying, you won’t have to be always trying to catch up the rest of the year when you are fishing more.
If you love to fly fish, but don’t tie flies yet, this is a fabulous month to get started. We have plenty of simple, yet effective patterns on our website that will get you started in the right direction, and still catch plenty of fish.
Don’t waste this month away! Get out on the river when its possible, and get those flies tied up now so you can spend more time on the water when its nice and warm!!!!