Fly Tying To-Do Lists
Does anyone else keep one?
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:
- A few hatch matching "paraduns" in the Oliver Edwards style. These are nothing but simple parachute duns w/ microfibbet tails, but I'll follow his tying procedures to see how I like it.
- Parachute Hare's Ears. Only got a couple left.
- Olive Emergers. Mountain Pool on the Beaverkill in June. Gotta have some. Might as well add a few Hendrickson emergers while I'm at it.
- Hi-Vis beetle for the upper Willowemoc. Still got the sample I shamelessly stole from Richard after he demonstrated in no uncertain terms how effective a fly it was.
- Tricos. My latest fetish. I missed the trico hatch this year, but it is on my "must do" list for next year. It's no co-incidence that I got a copy of Ed Engle's book on small flies, as well as "Tricos" by Miller. Duns and spinners and the whole lot. Might even get a box special for 'em. Also got a 2wt blank resting in the corner just for that purpose.
- Ollie's Baetis nymph. Hey - I got the flexibody. Might as well use it.
- Hi Vis Parachute (getting low but not critical)
- Coffin Fly (just in case)
- Green Drake Dun (wishful thinking)
- Smaller LA Ants (experimental)
- Mr. Rapidan (can you say Rondout Creek?)
- X-Caddis (it's all about the shuck)
- Royal Wulff (almost out of 'em)
- March Brown (one of the loveliest of 'em all)
- Gray Fox (gotta love the name)
- Czech Nymphs (one more try)
- Ammonite Nymphs (easy to tie, so cool looking)
- Copper Johns, black, red (already got others)
- Black Stonefly (this should probably be on the must list)
- Stalcup Flies (wait till his caddis book comes out. Oh my)
- RS2, WD-40 (both inspired by Engler's book)
- Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear nymph (classic non bead version).