Yea... I must admit... Mike is right. I'm pretty picky about some things. 98% of the flies I've gotten from them are 1st class. Very durable and consistant proportions. I recommend giving them try. 60 cents each is cheaper that I can get flies wholesale unless I buy them by the thousands from South Africa.
For you Royal Wulff fans out there, do you tie your own or buy them? I've never even attempted to tie them because they look like a royal pain. I believe wholeheartedly in the near-magical qualities of peacock herl, but I will find other ways to use it.
I have tied them before but like you say, they are a pain in the butt to tie so I typically just buy them. There is a couple places here that you can buy flies for 0.79. They are not the best quality but they do the trick. I just pick up a handful of those and call it good.
I buy the darn things. I can tie a Wulff but I dont like to. I can buy them for $0.60 each at www.blueflycafe.com with free shipping. Now tying them for the love of the art of tying is one thing but for flies just to fish... at that price I just refuse to tie them.
Wow, 0.60, I am going to have to check into that one. I really only tie the flies I enjoy tying, which is not a whole lot of them. I really do not enjoy tying the more technical flies so I just buy those. I figure if it is not going to be fun, why bother. I know some people love tying the tech. flies but not me. I will just buy them from those who like doing it.
Fanatic is one of them. He loves tying and has a wide array of flies he is good at. I on the other hand can tie a kick butt thread midge!
Curtis I'd love to hear a description of your thread midge due to the fact that I think I've come across the best midge pattern per input-minute out there. (I'm not claiming to be the first developer of this pattern, but I will make it more public than those who already have!)
It hinges on the fact that you must have pure Antron dubbing. (readily available from Wapsi)
Here are the steps: Cover the hook with thread down to where you think the tail should be, pull off the appropriate sized wisp of antron dubbing, start tying it in at the tail and cover it with thread wraps 2/3 of the way to the hook eye. Leave the antron hanging off and dub the appropriate sized thorax. Pull the Antron over the thorax and tie it down with a couple wraps. Tie down the antron tight, whip finish the head and trim the antron at both ends at the length you deem appropriate. That's it! Three materials (counting thread) and easy to tie! If someone had shown me this pattern earlier, I would have become a midge fisher years ago!
If you want it to be a more accurate imitation, vary the color of antron, dubbing material or color, thread, or add a wire rib.
I will have to admit though, that its not my most productive midge. Who would have thought that a blueish midge would produce?..(post a request for more info if you're interested)
Aside from cheap flys and a great midge pattern, my hands down favorite fly to fish is the parachute Adams. I can fish it nearly every where, and usually get a sniff or two no matter how close it matches the real hatch. I love caddis, and all the mayfly imitators, but if I had only one to pick its would be the PA.
For anything subsurface anywhere other than the more famous tail water fisheries, a soft hackle pheasant tail with a small bead is my first choice. Truth be told tough, I would rather catch on six inch brown on a PA then a dozen 10 inch subsurface (well maybe not a dozen).
Most of the trout I have caught have been on a size 14 or 16 Adams tied in the traditional manner. I know that this doesn't sound very exotic but they seem to work. Unless I can see what it is the trout are eating I will start with an Adams as a searching fly. So my fly box carries a bunch of these in sizes 12 though 18.
At home in Alberta in late July and August on the streams I fish another very productive fly is a light coloured Elk Hair Caddis in size 14 - 16.
Down here in Texas, where I currently live, I use a highly modified Red Wooly Bugger to catch Bass. Lots of fun.
Thanx for revisiting an older topic. I actually posted it because I am a Caddis fan. I will admit that mayflies are a more visually apealling creature than the moth-like critters known as caddisflies, but I am a perpetual advocate for the underdog! Especially when they are more important, as caddis flies are to trout in many places.
I love the fact that caddisflies are not as predictable as mayflies, and that their emergence solicits such rampant strikes from trout.