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Friday September 10th 2004
Fly Tying To-Do Lists
|Published: Friday September 10th 2004 (10 years ago)|
Updated: Friday September 10th 2004, 4:16PM
by Bob Petti
Does anyone else keep one?
I do very little fly tying during the fishing season. As soon as the weather turns nice, there are more chores to do around the house, and the kids have more activities going on, plus I'm actually out fishing when I have the chance, so there is precious little time leftover to sit in front of a vise. Come May, I'm at the mercy of whatever inventory of flies I've accumulated over the winter.
During the fishing season, if I find myself in a situation where I don't have an appropriate fly, I'll make a mental note then scratch down something on paper when I get home. Most recently, it was to add a variety of olive emergers for the late spring hatches on the Beaverkill, as I got skunked one time this year when fish were actively rising and I didn't have a thing that interested them. A friend with a little foam posted emerger had better luck, so you can guess what's at the top of that list.
I also scratch notes for flies I find in magazines or online, or in other people's fly boxes, that I should carry next year. A little brown beetle with a bit of hi-viz, for example, to match what I got from a friend when he cleaned my clock on the upper Willowemoc one afternoon.
By the end of the season, I've got a pretty good list of flies that I "need" to tie over the winter for the next season. To that I add flies that need to be restocked after a season's fishing (which, this year, isn't much since I didn't fish that often).
At the moment, my winter tying to-do list looks something like this:
That pretty much covers all the "must tie" flies. Here's the big list, which would yield some very stuffed fly boxes, and a very heavy vest, should I ever come close to finishing:
Phew. That's a long list. Might take more than one winter.