There’s been quite a lot of activity on some of the fly tying threads recently so I talked it over with Mark and we decided that it might be a good time to start up a Tie-Along.
For those of you who haven’t been members of previous Tie-Alongs, they work differently from swaps in some key areas.
First, you tie up only one of each of the patterns in the Tie-Along (or as many as you want for your own practice and fishing); there is no physical exchange of patterns among the members.
Second, you tie up only those patterns that you want to; nobody keeps score.
Third, there is no upper limit to the number of people that can participate in a Tie-Along.
Here’s how they work:
I’ll list the patterns for the Tie-Along today. Then I’ll post the materials one week before we start tying. Once we start tying, it will be one pattern every 2 weeks, with the materials posted one week before to allow you time to source them. Each pattern will be posted in a Step-By-Step (SBS) format. The SBS is meant to be a guide, but everyone is free to experiment around and to tie up the pattern as you chose to.
If you have access to a camera, then photo your flies after you tie them up and post them to the thread. If you don’t, then post a note to describe them to the rest of the Tie-Along members.
And that’s it!
For this swap, I thought it would be a good idea to stay with flies in the same category and since roughly 80% of what a trout eats comes from underwater, Nymphs seem like a good idea if you want to be catching fish come early Spring. The concept would be to start with some of the simpler Nymph patterns and then move on to the more challenging ones. That way each pattern will build skills that will make it easier to tie up the next one. We'll also stay with materials that are easy to source, so that you won't have to spend half your time sourcing materials for these patterns.
Here are the Nymph patterns that I’ll be putting into this Tie-Along; in the order that I plan to post them:
1. Pheasant Tail (PTN)
2. Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear (GRHE)
6. Copper John
Those patterns should give everyone a good start on Nymphs and will set the stage for you to go into the more complex Nymph patterns.
I plan to start up this Tie-Along on or around December 1st. With one pattern every two weeks and 6 patterns in all, we should be finished by the end of February.
So feel free to sign up and join in; beginner, intermediate and expert alike. We’ll all learn something along the way and it will be fun to share our experiences at the vise.
I'll list the Tie-along members on this first post, so that it will be easy for everyone to know who the other member are. I'll update it as the list grows.
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