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Relearning to tie.

Posted 04-12-2013 at 02:59 PM by random user

Been Relearning to tie again since I am able to go fishing again.

It's a very frustrating thing. I know what to do and how to do it, but my fingers and eyes are being a bit cantankerous most of the time. Seems like every bad habit I had went out and made a bunch of new friends. Really Noticing the difference in my eye sight. Ah, the glories of getting old!

So far I have learned my new focal range and can adapt to it. Finger-wise, it is just a matter of working the roughness out of them so the thread and materials aren't catching and hanging up. I know the sand them down and wait routine. That's under control.

I fought my way threw some pheasant tail nymphs and company in #12's and #14 (wasn't going to try #16's yet). I am positive a #12 pheasant tail nymph should not take 45 minutes to tie.

Went to some bigger wets, Picket Pins, Moby Dicks and the like. These went better. These went better. Stated large with #8's and a few #6's. Then did some in #12 which went okay. Tried #14's and had fighting with them. Good thing is I am now down to 20 minutes or less between flies.

Pretty sure the days of a 3 minute pheasant tail are a long ways past and a long ways in the future for me. That's kind of an odd feeling. That did get me to the point where I understand that it is not about what I could tie well, but all about how well I can tie what I can tie now. I can live with having to retake a summit which I walked away from and left guarded. So the bulk of the frustration is gone.

Want to go after some yellow perch or similar and kick up the fryer since mostly what I am looking around here is warmer, still water. So I decided to tie up a couple of Bo river buggers with Clouser eyes: #6 9672, 1/50th dumbbell, one olive over brown, the other brown over olive. This shouldn't be too bad. (I should have heard the calliope music start up in the back ground.

Okay Switch out the bobbin to 3/0 olive thread. Not a problem. Dumbells went on okay after I cut the first two attempts off and was rather liberal with the brush on super glue. Not so un-passable. Two tone marabou tail. Easy enough. Double check the saddle for fiber length and down size because I see things differently now. That and the fine copper wire went on without a hitch. Strip the end of the chenille, tie in a wrap forward. All going well still. Palmering the saddle and counter wrapping the wire. went will enough. Pick out the trapped saddle fiber with a bodkin. All good.

(This is where the circus music starts to be rather audible). I know the deer hair isn't going to spin well around the dumbbells, so I go with small clumps and sort of flair it snuggly into place and repeat as needed. ... Oh yeah.. kevlar thread... or at least flat waxed nylon.

Back up to the front of the body. tie off and cement well. Tie on again over the wet cement. Not there is no chance of spinning the hair. [Coffee and smoke break.]

Clip the deer hair. Strip out the fuzz. Stack tips down. (Feeling confident and not noticing the smell of roasting peanuts wafting in with the calliope music.) Lay the tips in just past the saddle to get a smooth transition between the collar and the body. Keep the butts long so they are easier to trim out. Olive belly side went in well with pulling down hard on a couple of loose wraps. Just have to repeat with the top side brown.... opps... damn I forgot the half hitches behind the olive. ... opps..... opps.... it's getting an olive head to match the olive chenille ....

Well over an hour form getting the hook in the vice, there is deer hair stick out from all angles around the dumbbells.

Trimming- that went about as well as the spinning. Where did the saddle fibers go? Did I remember to tie in that saddle?

It ain't right and it ain't purdy, but I'll fish it. Should stay together for at least a fish or two.

What I learned from this: When I am paying attention / focused and not thinking about what I am doing and just doing it, things go okay. As soon as I start to think about it, the calliope starts up. If I loose a bit of focus, opps. It's sort of this strange equilibrium of letting my eyes guide my fingers, keeping my brain out of it and not letting my fingers rely on long forgotten 'muscle memory'.

End result is I have to be sitting in front of the vice to get my fingers and eyes there, but I have to not be there at the same time so my eyes and fingers can tie a decent fly.
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    I just started learning how to tie articulated flies on shanks. They have a trailing hook and I am struggling also. I have never been fast at making flies unless they were hairs ear or something simple so don't worry about speed, I don't.

    I just found your blog, I'll subscribe and keep up with you here,

    Posted 04-30-2013 at 02:05 AM by Ard Ard is offline

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