Winter is a great time to bust out the old vise, fur, feathers and do some fly tying. After a long fishing season fly boxes get depleted! While on the river you might have also dreamed up some new fly pattern ideas. I have always found it helpful to tie with some sort of project in mind. Maybe you are getting ready for a trip (hopefully to some place warm with big salt water fish). Now is a great time to talk to outfitters and guides in your chosen area of travel, their recommendations regarding fly patterns are invaluable! Remember you don’t need to have exactly what they request, just make sure your flies are tied on appropriate hooks and are similar in size, color and weight and you should be on your way to catching fish. The beauty of fly tying is the ability to be creative and supplement new materials when necessary.
Now is also a great time to begin fly tying or learn some new techniques. Techniques like tying parachutes or spinning deer hair intimidates many tiers, but with a little practice they can be mastered by anyone. In my experience the easiest way to improve your fly tying is to get some tips from an experienced fisherman or take a class. Then practice makes perfect, find time to tie one fly a day utilizing the new knowledge or technique and you will be on your way to tying better flies in no time! The colder months are also a great time to rebuild and organize boxes. After yet another guide season, it looks like my nymph box is ready for a little re-building!
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