Winter Tying…

Appropriately Decorated

A friend once told me that if you’re not losing flies you’re not casting in the right spots. For the most part he was right and the fish that were caught this summer came with a price of losing many hand-tied flies. Looking forward to the weather turning towards spring, I have started compiling a box with go-to-flies so that next summer when I am on the road I can steadily refill my creek-side arsenal. I would like to send a belated thanks to some other Arizona fly fishermen, Alex, Aaron, and Kyle, over at Fat Guy Fly Fishing for the perfect fly fishing art with which to adorn the front of my fly box.

The Box

The flies I have been stockpiling are bugs that have consistently produced here in Arizona and even back on the Adirondack streams of New York. Quick run down of what I have tied:

1. The mini-hopper (green, brown, and orange)

2. Sparkle Parachute

3. Parachute Adams

4. My version of an Ausable Parachute

5. My take on the Hopper Juan

All great flies, which are fun to tie and fish. Anyone else started their bulk winter tying?

The Assortment


3 Responses to “Winter Tying…”

  1. troutrageous1

    Gotta get all of the X-Mas nonsense – decorating, shopping, etc.. first – then my bulk sessions will start. Awesome sticker on the hood of that box. FGFF is a great site.

  2. Owl

    I know this is gonna make ya sad, but here in the Deep South there isn’t really a winter tying season. Well, I say that – as temps this week are forecast to remain in the low 40’s during the day and the mid-teens at night! That’s COLD for Georgia in December!

    Right now I’m just tying for fun and turning out some #16 and #12 EHC’s, a fe eggs, and a spattering of soft-hackle like flies I call “YES” flies…”yellow emerger snatchers.” There’s some time to tie this week with the cold front chilling us to the bone…..but it’ll warm up a bit after that hopefully, and we’ll be back to throwing #18 BWO’s at rising fish before December is out.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. bsmith835

    Mike – I hear you about the Christmas cheer. I spent one Saturday risking life and limb on a ladder instead of safely next to fish filled water. Look forward to hearing how your tying goes. Merry Christmas.

    Owl – Thanks for stopping by. I’ve enjoyed reading through you site and look forward to hearing more. We are kind of in the same boat here in AZ. The mountain streams can still be fished but are very slow and the lakes in the area will receive some more attention from me this winter. Thanks again for the kind words. Merry Christmas to you too.



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