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.