Did you ever have one of those days? I did.

Winter on the Metolius | www.johnkreft.com

The day began with me attempting to make another fly tying video. I thought. But the battery level was in the red.

I tested my camera the other day preparing for my upcoming Zoom fly tying class this Thursday, on 1/21 at 5 pm PST. I’ll be teaching how I tie an X Caddis and Sparkle Dun.

I forgot to charge the battery. OK, I said to myself. No big deal. I plugged in a cord and proceeded to tie five flies in preparation of making the video. I was all set.

I even loaded the van with my waders and boots because I planned on heading to the river for a couple of hours after shooting my fly tying video.

Back at the vise, I checked the battery and it appeared full. Good.

I pushed the “record” button and started talking and tying.

Everything went well for the first 15 minutes or so, then I broke my thread. Well, that happens sometimes. It hasn’t happened to me for a while, but I took a deep breath and continued on…for about three more minutes until it happened again!

I started tying with a new spool because the previous one didn’t have a lot of thread remaining after tying my “warm up” flies. I thought at the time it would be just my luck to run out of thread when making the video. So I pulled out a new spool. I said to myself I wonder if the thread has the same breaking limit as the one I was using? It will be fine, I’m sure.

And then it wasn’t.

I kinda recovered and then the camera shut off. Dead battery. But I wasn’t finished!

But I was. I gave up and decided I’ll make another video later this week.

No big deal.

So, I went fishing.

It was a beautiful blue sky and sunshine day, although the temperature was in the low 40’s.

I was looking forward to fishing with my Euro nymph rod again. I fished last week and landed several fish including this small Bull Trout…

Small Bull Trout | www.johnkreft.com

and a Rainbow…

Metolius Rainbow with Euro Nymph | www.johnkreft.com

and several Whitefish.

Remember my recent post about Preparing for Winter Nymph Fishing? Here’s what I wrote…”Five knots are required to fish the method I use. If you snag the bottom and lose everything, five more knots are needed.” Well, that happened today.

Yes, I ended up tying several knots today as I lost five flies.

No big deal about the flies. I tie them, right?

But it seemed I did nothing but tie knots. I felt like my vise and video experience followed me to the river.

I just shook my head and sat on the bank and watched for rising trout. It didn’t happen, but I was on the river.

It could have been much worse. I felt lucky to land a Rainbow.

I hooked another fish, but lost it due to a bad knot!!


I got to practice my knot tying today!

Lastly, I took a picture of the nice fish I landed today. Turned out blurry! Of course!

I’m sure nothing like this has happened to you, right?

Oh, you’ll have to wait for that fly tying video.

Enjoy…go fish, stay safe!

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