I’ve been spending quite a bit of time at the vise recently, tying a variety of flies for customers. Fishing will pick up soon and I’ll be off on this year’s fly fishing road trips, so I need to get as many flies tied as possible in the next month or less. If you read last week’s Spring on the River post, you know dry fly fishing has been slow for me. I’ve taken my camera to the river with me to practice close-up photography. Below you’ll find recent flies from the vise and images from the river using my Nikon Z50.
The image above are some size 18 Light Hendrickson’s.
I’ve mentioned how I enjoy tying these Catskill-style flies. It makes such a difference having quality Wood Duck feathers I’ve accumulated over the years.
One of my customers wanted a couple of Atherton #1 thru 6 dry flies. These are sizes 12 and 14.
I hope you’ve seen the Atherton series in my Throw Back Thursday Fly posts.
The Sierra Bright Dot is another interesting pattern a customer plans to use for Golden Trout. He couldn’t find smaller sizes in the original red. Here are two dozen size 20 flies in red and chartreuse. I’ll finish his order of sizes 12 – 20 soon.
The last two flies include a streamer fly pattern called the Grinch, created by a Montana outfitter several years ago named Kory Kober.
This is the original fly pattern.
And a variant using ginger marabou for the tail and red-dyed grizzly hackle.
Lastly, I captured this shot of the first Green Drake of the season.
And a closer look…
The fish won’t begin eating them for another few weeks as they need to get used to seeing them for some reason before rising. I don’t understand this, but it’s something I’ve seen in previous years.
I generally use an Olympus TG-6 compact camera for my on-water images. It fits nicely in a zippered pocket of my waders. But recently, I’ve added the Nikon Z50 with a 24 – 120mm f/4 S lens on the Peak Design strap for security.
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