Friday, June 22, 2012

Tying in hot weather

The trout are down due to the August like weather over the past few days and between work, volunteer, family and social commitments, I'm not going to carve out some angling time for the next few days (though I will be destroying clay disks on Sunday!).

Fortunately, I have air conditioning and a full tying bench with quite the backlog of flies.

Here's #1 of about 80.



12 comments:

  1. Nicely done. Looks like a Yellowstone winner to me.

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    1. Let us hope the trout feel similarly. :)

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    1. Thanks, Ben. I don't recall tying this pattern before though I've tied the elements individually on other flies. Getting the wing in the right place and of the right proportions seems to be the tricky part. My second attempt was a little scruffier.

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  3. Looks pretty close to a Royal Wulff. If it works as well in Yellowstone as it does in Nor Cal, you'll score big.

    Mark

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    1. Pretty close should be good enough!

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    2. In Great Britain it is called a royal Wulff, though the wet is called the Coachman.

      I don't know why I wrote this. This is one of few flies I never fish through lack of confidence. Which goes to show what a funny thing confidence is, and even stranger that trout take such objects.

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    3. It's a snappy looking fly, to be sure, but I never fish one either. Not sure why, but I guarantee you that's why I've not had success with it. I guess I'm not sure what to make of that red band. Is it a cumberbund for the evening hatch gala? The one that I own rests in my hat band, a nice piece of adornment, unused, ready to save the day I lose my fly box down river...

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    4. E.J.: I believe Royal Wulff is the correct term. The only time I fished this fly successfully was on a small stream in Montana where the cutbows couldn't get enough of it. Strange indeed.

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    5. Daniel: I think the trout in the west are more formal. Here in the east we have dull, hatch-matching colors; the blue jeans of flies. Out west it's all about flashy overstatement. I guess I'll be packing my tux.

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  4. The Royal Coachman... A cuttie killer. Very nice.

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