For the past few years The Mule has only fished with flies he ties himself. And he’s pretty smarmy about it; he likes to rub it in my face, especially when the only fly that works on the river is this lime green stimulator that he cooked up. So I’m reduced to using store bought flies, my flies that don’t work, or mooching off The Mule.
Well not this year, due to a perfect storm of factors:
An inspiring article on getting organized for serious tying;
The upcoming FFF fly tying expo in Albany;
And my waning interest in actually catching a steelhead this winter.
I will be spending the next month tying up a selection of spring flies to last me through May in the Willamette Valley. I stopped by the Caddis Fly today and Chris Daughters helped me cook up a nice list:
Soft hackle hare’s ear — size 12/14
Soft hackle March brown — size 12/14
A heavy golden stone — size 6/8
Possy bugger — size 8/10
Black winter stone — size 16/18
BWO comparadun — size 16/20
March brown comparadun size 12/14
Mothers Day caddis (peacock caddis) 16/18
Green caddis size 8/10
What do you think of the list? I’ll put up some pics if I can get these going. Oh, and by the way Mule, you’re put on notice.