So, here we are... 2015! The past week has come and gone. And I have to admit, I'm glad to be back at work. Family gatherings, parties, and dinners are fun, but they are a lot of work too. So, it was nice to get out the dusty vise this past week and get back into fly tying. Kind of like the words go in "Auld Lang Syne", I cannot forget my old friend, the vise. I've neglected it badly, I must admit. Every time I think that I have a few minutes to sit down and tie up a few bugs for the next outing, I get sidetracked... and then I end up at Sportsmen's Warehouse to buy them at a dollar each! Haha.
Well, all it took was a little competition on Facebook to get me motivated with those size 18's and 20's for the winter. I had to post up a fly each day. So, I embellished upon a few old patterns and tried a few new ones. So, here is what I came up with in a hurry. The picture above is my disco midge. Made with black tinsel, peacock herl and a clear plastic bead. Simple.
Then, I got a little crazy and put on a pink bead. That was going the extra mile. Haha.
Next, we have the pink hot head sow. A little different than my other sows and scuds that I have made. I was pretty happy with it. Can't wait to see if it will catch fish. Easy peasy too.
And the last one that I will share with you, so not to bore you to tears... (Because I know that all of you are way better fly tiers than me!) Here is my Crystal Dip... the hot fly of the Madison River in Montana...
Well... I just can't help myself... I did tie up a favorite of mine. Let's say it is the "encore" presentation... The one fly that catches on any tailwater and especially those rivers around the West...
Mr. Rainbow Sow
Ha! The Christmas card envelope makes a bad background... but, I like red!
So there you have it... the vise has come out of the rafters. It won't be forgotten. And next time you see it, you might notice a bit of....well, should we say, "facelift"??? =)