Location: White City (tad north of Medford) Oar-E-Gone
Re: What patterns drive you nuts?
If has spun deer hair I don't even try ......
The other one is odd as the fly couldn't be more simple: Egg patterns for Steelhead/Salmon fishing. Hell, all you do is strap on some egg yarn to the top of the hook, pull up and snip off the extra. Idea the yarn will pop back into a ball.
Last but not least are (any?) fly that's going on less than a size 10 hook. 'Old' just catches up with some folks.
These Franks Flashy too, because there is no "recipe" to be found from the originator. I find every time I sit down to tie some the first few suck. After that I get a rhythm going and they are fine. You just have to figure out the process and repeat it.
What are your most challenging, frustrating ties?? My top three are:
1) Deer hair bass bugs: I love tying them, and when you get it right, its a great feeling, but they can be very frustrating, so many things can go wrong.
2) Small dries: I don't even try smaller than #20, and by #16 I'm twisting myself in knots getting a proportional, good looking fly.
3) Copper John's: a lot of things going on with this fly, getting a well tapered body with tight wraps of wire, and a straight tail and legs makes this a tough tie for me.
That's the nice thing about tying I think, after being at it for 20 years you never run out of challenges.
Tom: That's pretty much my list also, except with my eye sight I usually won't do dries below size 18. If I need a dry smaller than that than I just buy them, except for spinners they are pretty easy in the smaller sizes.
Pretty much any pattern that calls for biots in the recipe! I don't like the darn things to begin with, and tying them is a pain! It's just me I know, as there are many good patterns that specify their use, but when I tie such patterns I substitute something else!
Anything 22 and smaller, i'll just buy them at that size IF i even want to fish that small. Thats really about it right now that irritates me, luckily most of my productive patterns stop at size 20 so Im good to go.
PTs and Copper Johns really arent that bad IMO, I guess once you tie enough though things dont bother you as much.