Well winter had to eventually show its evil head and the temperatures are finally matching up with the calendar. Snow, sub 30 degree weather, and 40 mph winds can make fishing a little less enjoyable, and many times it can change the day’s plans all together.
Out west, this time of year is used to fill up fly bins or guide’s fly boxes since their chances to get on the river are slim. By getting ready in this less than desirable weather, we can be prepared when the weather is optimal. Whether it’s tying up Elk Hair Caddis or banging out 2 dozen eggs for the Delayed Harvest stockings, getting a head start on your tying can take a lot of stress away when you are tying the night before your big excursion.
Here are some tips that can help with your preseason tying. Know what you are going to be tying. I like to make a list and determine how many of each pattern I will need to tie. If there you want multiple color and size variations make sure to include those on your list. Nothing is worse that getting on the river to find you forgot to tie the peach eggs you were thinking about. Another option is to take a fly tying class.
Another great idea is to get all of your materials set out and prepped to go. For example if you need foam strips cut, cut up enough to tie the number you need (with a few extras just in case). Also putting beads on your hooks in advance can greatly streamline the tying process.
Finally get a tying group going or join an existing group. This is a great way to not only get advice from other tyers, but you can also work out swaps and can get other people’s tried and true flies.
Along this line we have started a tying group that is meeting in our Weaverville store every Saturday from 11am until 4pm. The tie sessions are open to the public and they are totally free. Make sure to bring your vise and fly tying materials and get ready to twist away.