My twin 7 year old boys have become more interested in flytying this winter. They have actually started to ask to tie flies occasionally. Usually it's some pattern they see in a picture or magazine that is so complicated and requires dozens of rare and expensive materials. By the time we sit down to tie I can usually convince them to try something a little more simple. Over the winter we've tied up various streamers, nymphs and foam bugs. This weekend they saw some crease flies and gurglers I have stuck in some foam on the wall and they wanted to give them a try. First Keegan had to tie up a foam ant since his brother tied one up a couple weeks ago and he didn't have one in his collection yet. After we got through that I helped Kai tie up a crease fly and Keegan a gurgler. The best part to them was tying the flies with white foam so they could color them up with permanent markers after. We caught a few little native brook trout in a local stream on worms this weekend. We'll have to start trying a few flies soon.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Ken at Pike Adventures asked me what's been working for me for pike flies so I threw up a few pics. These flies might seem a little fancy and fragile compared to most pike flies but I really enjoy tying them. I love tying with natural materials like bucktail, marabou and feathers and mixing all the different colors together...oh and they usually need to have lots of mixed flash although I noticed I cut back on flash on one of these. These guys really swim fished fast or slow. I try to balance them so they don't immediately dive nose down on the pause and instead sit there horizontal or slowly glide downward. For this reason I don't normally add eyes or epoxy towards the front and try to use lighter wire hooks. Yellow perch and other combos with orange and chartreuse have worked best for me. I can't wait to get out there and fish them.