The Winter of our Discontent.

22 02 2014

What does one do during the winter of our discontent?  Tie more flies of course, and watch Season 1 of Sherlock.

A Roku box is a neat little gadget.

While Sherlock was doing his thing I found another you tube video about tying a simple may fly nymph.  I like simple and an easy tie while I watch a little tele (British influence coming through).  A lot of the modern fly patterns are really getting fancy.  Crazy synthetic materials that make the fly look more realistic but they also increase the tying time.  Not my cup of tea (there it goes again).

I needed to add a few different colors and some variety to my nymph box.  A quick search and I found a pattern I liked. has turned out to be a great source of instructional videos for just about any pattern I want.  The latest one is a simple may fly pattern.  Some pheasant tail, pale dubbing, fine copper wire, tungsten bead and about 5 minutes later another fly in the box.

may fly nymph

Time to get started on the dry flies.  Where to start?

Wonder how many patterns I can find on you tube?



5 responses

23 02 2014

You sound like me, except I’m thinking I should pour a wider variety of plastic baits. When in reality when fishing season comes, and end up using my old standbys, and all the new colors collect dust.

23 02 2014

This will be my first year fishing nymphs so I was tying up a variety for myself and a few others.

24 02 2014

To me there is nothing like seeing a trout rise to a dry fly. But fly fishing is sure a whole lot simpler with a nymphs. I used to fish Palmer Style tied flies. If they floated apon hitting the water fine. If they sank, I stripped them back as if fishing a nymph. Both ways seemed to work equally as well.

2 03 2014
Dave Fitch

Hey Mark , best trick out there for nymphing for me is a pretty buoyant dry fly like decent size caddis with a nymph of your choice as a dropper. The fish will tell you when you have the dropper length right. I will start a little longer than needed , then work up to the point I am not dragging. Kind of like dialing in handline lead lengths.

3 03 2014

Now that I can relate too.

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