If you are bored and have cabin fever, break out the fly-tying stuff! No fly fisherman ever has enough flies. It seems like we never have enough time to tie!
Well that excuse is gone with this quarantine. Time is no longer an excuse. First, get out your gear and set the stage to tie. This means good light, nearby tunes, and maybe a TV so you can watch YouTube videos. These videos give the rookie tier a perfect show o how to tie almost any fly.
Next, make a list of what flies you use most often. This list will probably contain flies like Caddis, Adams, Prince Nymphs, or … For me it is Griffiths Gnats, midges, Midge larva’s, and X Caddis. Now get out the materials that you need.
Never tie less than 12 of anything, if you hope to tie decent flies and improve your tying skills. Lay the hooks out and only have the material s you need on hand. Out of your 12 flies some will be great and others not so much.
When I think back on my first flies that I tied, I must laugh but… I caught fish. With todays YouTube support, materials, tools and gears, you can learn to tie amazing flies.
Lefty Kreh told me that, until you tie a single fly pattern 1000 times, you don’t know how to tie it. Fly tying is also a learned skill that is easily lost without practice. If you already have the tools, materials, and experience with tying, don’t let it go to waste.
Tie on a cure!
For more Montana Grant, find him tying flies at www.montanagrantfishing.com.