Opening Day of Fly Tying Season


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November 1-the day after the general season closure and the official opening of the fly tying season-and it was a dandy! Yesterday I got the snow tires on my rigs and everthing outdoors buttoned down, tarped up or stowed away. Today with a winter storm warning on the horizon I got the snow blade on my tractor, cut up some logs for firewood, burned 2 big slash piles and did the final grading on the driveway before the snow comes. Wilth 10 cords of split firewood on site and hundreds more in the forest, keeping warm and snug won't be an issue no matter how cold it gets. This year I couldn't even give away firewood but maybe next year I can con someone into coming up and helping me thin some trees and haul off some firewood in exchange for some guided fishing.

After lunch, a shower and a nap, I awoke to find that winter had arrived while I was nodding off. The ground was white and it was snowing steadily. At last! No matter how sick of winter I get by March I am always excited to see it appear again in November. The dogs got pretty excited about it too, running and skidding in the white stuff and jumping up to catch snowflakes with their mouths.

Back in the cabin I have started using a heavy roll around table with a butcher block top to set my fly tying station on. I have a large industrial grade halogen lamp attached to it and can roll it right up against my La-Z-Boy and tie while I watch ball games or fishing shows. This is working extremely well as I can tie a fly or two and then kick back for a few minutes. It takes a lot of the tedium out of both tying and watching tv. I have already completed over 5 dozen flies and haven't even been to town for tying supplies yet. It looks like it will be a productive winter. I hope to do a lot of river fishing next year and in particular try my hand at the Polish nymph fishing method. I am tying some unusually heavy flies for this using tungsten beads and lead together to get the flies down in a real hurry. In addition I have been taping the PBS program -The Anglers Art- every saturday and getting some good ideas from that. Along with some DVDs of fly tying I have more new ideas than ever and am pretty fired up to start next season with my best compliment of flies ever. That is going to be bad news for some of those Okonogan trout next May!

Delightful dubbing to all of you tiers, it's only 29 weeks until opening day! Ive


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Funny you should mention this...

I was just thinking I should reorganize my den (tying area included) and get my stuff ready to do some serious work. I have several blanks to build and Red Ivans to tie... ;)
IveofIone said:
This year I couldn't even give away firewood but maybe next year I can con someone into coming up and helping me thin some trees and haul off some firewood in exchange for some guided fishing.
I just might take you up on that. Of course it is a year away, so you'll have to remind me next Oct. :beer1:
Flytying Season

Maybe sometime this winter when the cabin fever is starting to get to us we should have a flytying day for the Eastsiders. We could meet at my house I have enough room for 6-8 tyers and flytying vices. I could get my wife to make some of her famous beef stew and a pile of biscuits. We could swap patterns, "tie one on" and tell fish stories. Maybe with this approach I could "bribe" you enough to get that bloody carey pattern. :D
jesse james


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Biscuits? It's a done deal!

Jesse, For steaming hot homade buttermilk biscuits with butter and clover honey I will sing like a bird! Sounds like a good deal to me. Ive
Good videos

The "Fishing Streamers for Trophy Trout" is a great video. I doesnt go over tieing, but it goes over some cool patterns. I ave been tying ons of ptreamers of late and I have some sweet patterns that I might post pictures of on the site. Where are you on the east side?
Where are you guys on the eastside?

There are 4 or 5 of us eastsiders laboring in obscurity over here on the dryside. Most of us live south of Iveofione about 90 miles in a little known village of Spokane. Over here the weather is cold the fishing crappy and there are no steelhead either. Don't Believe pwoens and his pictures of the metal heads he says he catches in the Grande Ronde those are actually old pictures when he used to fish in the Sky. :rofl: :rofl:
jesse clark

Old Man

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It can't be pictures of the Sky as I sent him directions on how to get to the river and he(PW) still got lost. Must be a good photo shop cut. :rofl: :rofl:


Bob Triggs

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I keep everything in a big pile of rubbermaid containers. I spent the past month house sitting a friend's place,pets, and nursing a bad cold/pneumonia for the whole month. So I tied flies and listened to jazz and tried to not get upset over the lost time, elections etc. Every time I do a housesitting gig I unpack the flytying stuff, set up the table, arrange the speakers on the radio, turn on the light and start spinning bugs. That's a great way to use the time. Kind of like a meditation that carries you through everything. Back east in New England 1/2 of fly fishing is tying, since we get frozen in mnay winters, and there is a closed season on many waters there all winter. Your story reminded me of the long winters back home, and the cozy warmth of a woodstove, and all of the flies I tied back then.

Old Man

Just an Old Man
I was gonna sit down and tie up a few but I got to looking at what I have and said you don't need anymore. I'll probably die before I use what I have now. I have all different colors of W/B's plus the ones I conned a few people out of. And the same on dries and others. The ones I like to use I can't tie as I'm to fumble fingered so I just buy them. And that Red Carey that Ive showed me at Ropers. I tried to do one but it looks like hell. I could practice on it for ever and it would still look like hell.

Jim.....Who would rather buy them than tie them :(


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Jim, I know how much you hate to fish lakes so I am not sure why you would need any Blood Shot Careys. But if you do I would be happy to send you a handful of carefully tied certified BSCs. Right now I am low on natural pheasant tail as my bird hunting buds have not come through this year. You probably remember that the BSC is pretty pheasant tail intensive and with the number I give away in a year and what I lose I always seem to be short of pheasant.

During my fall trip to Okonogan I caught 19 fish over 16" in about 5 1/2 hours of fishing. 15 of them came on the Carey.Once the morning light reaches a certain point in the sky fish just come out of the woodwork to hammer that thing. They must pick it up from a long way off as many of the strikes are really violent. I fished it primarily on 3X tippits this year and didn't have near the breakoffs that I was getting with 4X. Biggest fish with it this year was a hell for stout 24"er that went over 6#. Send pheasant, Ive


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Great Post! For a moment there I felt like I was back home in Eastern WA. I myself am still in denial about the end of trout season. I'll give the Yak a few more chances, maybe hit Lenice once more, and I may even try for some summer runs yet. But the days are coming soon when I spend more time behind the vise than on the water.
I wish I had a fireplace though.

Old Man

Just an Old Man
Ive,being that it is tied on a streamer hook,I don't know why it wouldn't work on skinny water. The one and a half I tied up I will try it out next weekend and I will let you know how it did. One doesn't look too bad but one does. :(