Saturday, April 30, 2011

Stocking Basics

Turn over rocks and most of what you see looks like this: dark, #16-18 or so. Been a while since I restocked any basic flies. This is in part due to having little time and also in part due to going to bed earlier because I'm old now.

This is a PT, but with black flashy dubbing for thorax instead of PT fibers. Could describe it as Nick's Walking Hares Ear, inverted. It's easy, fast and is a good general imitation for SE MN. Third pic shows a flashback variant.

Laziness, disorder, spring-wind-blew-my-list-of-things-to-do-away type nymph box. This does have its pluses. If you find this scenario in your own possession, it implies that you have in fact had ample opportunity to lose the flies that formerly held rank in those rows. This gets to the idea of a good problem to have.

Toward responsibility, order and replenishment, of which some (moderated) is good. Add a couple dozen flies, discard some rusty hooks (strip down to keep beads), and reorder everything:


Blogger John Montana said...

I am approaching carp with the same generic ideals in mind this year. Simple basic patterns in enough color varieties to cover most situations. Hope to out the theory to test soon.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I quit tying the basics. I used to but what's the point, I'll lose them anyway. Plus you can buy them so cheap now. I tend to just focus my attention on streamers.

8:52 PM  
Blogger Wendy Berrell said...

I like tying the generals. Set the materials up, and then just crank them out. The fact that I'll lose them in short order makes it even easier: no head cement necessary.

GOod note re tying streamers though: they are expensive. But easy to tie.

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