Mar 12

Un-Tying – from Idylwilde

I saw this post from Idylwilde Flies and loved it.

It’s that time of year again in Montana. The winter blues kick-in and I retreat to my “February Room” to drink alone and yearn for warmer climates and the fish that live there. This state-of-mind is expressed at the fly tying vise and I find that I produce some of my worst crap at 2:00 am on a Sunday morning while listening to Waylon’s “Drinking and Dreaming”.

What follows is a tutorial on how to un-tie to recover the hooks and materials you can salvage.  This seems like a really good thing to do and I have a few flies right next to my vice that CERTAINLY need to be obliterated from memory.  There are also some nice tarpon hooks I could recover in the process.

Idylwilde recouped this potential loss. Good thinking guys.

Mar 11

Bonefish Flies for South Andros by Idylwilde

This is from Deneki, of course, as they present 5 Idylwilde patterns for South Andros.  You have to like the Idylwilde blog… the tag line is “Marinated in Awesomeness.”

Nice tie from the Idylwilde folks.

5. Paulson’s Bunky Shrimp: This little pattern, in sizes 4& 6, is a uniquely tied “shrimpy” pattern. I used this last May to great success on the shallower East side flats when we were hammering the bones coming out of the inland mangroves. It turns over delicately at distance and the braid over the top of the body helps to keep it gack-free.

via Bonefish Flies for South Andros by Idylwilde.

These patterns all look pretty interesting to me.  I’ve noticed touches of orange or pink in most all of these, as well as, in general, a generous helping of rubber legs.  This particular fly, the Paulson’s Bunky Shrimp, doesn’t have the rubber legs, but… well… it could, I suppose.  A unique looking offering and I’ve been trying to tie up some approximations.

Voila... legs.

Maybe the legs are a bit long, but I figure it is better to start long and trim.  I once (a LONG time ago) was getting a haircut and was asked if I wanted more or less hair.  Yeah… start with more and trim back, harder to go the other way.

I’m still busy at the vice… still trying to fill up my boxes with goodness and flies I have confidence in throwing.  I figure I pulled 40 flies out of my two bonefish boxes… flies I just wasn’t feeling.

Tying is fun.  What can I say?

Seeing a post over at Michael Gracie’s about the same, exact fly.  His version looks good.