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Offline Flydude

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What flies are you tying?
« on: February 10, 2018, 04:16:30 AM »
G’ day to everyone,

Although the weather has been too cold and unsettled here on Sam Rayburn Lake to do any Fly Fishing of late, I have been tying up a lot of flies to get ready for Spring. I generally start each year using mostly wet flies and as the water warms up begin using more dry flies. As the Perch slowly move out of the deeper waters up into the shallows, I enjoy getting some of the first surface strikes.

I tie up a lot of non-traditional patterns, in other words, flies that just “look good”. For an example, I tie a dry fly that is kind-of-like a Drake Spinner / or Pale Spinner but leave off the tail. I don’t consider this to be an original pattern because I might tie up 6 at a time and each one be slightly different from the others. I will also tie up some more with a tail and each one will be slightly different but still not true to the traditional pattern.

I am curious if you have a non-traditional wet or dry fly pattern that you tie up each year that produces good results with the Perch family.

Have a great day,
Thomas

I am adding 2 photos; one of the Dry Fly and the second of some mixed flies that I tied this week. The Dry Fly is tied using Polypropylene Floating Yarn for the body and the wings, instead of a dubbing material. Tied on a size 10 hook; TMC-101.
May the sun always shine and the wind be to your back, Thomas

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Re: What flies are you tying?
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2018, 06:03:59 AM »
Hello again everyone,

I have been at the fly tying bench some of this week tying up almost 100 more flies of all shapes and configurations. I am attaching photos of a few patterns both standard and non-standard: example Wooly Bugger tied on a Jig Hook some with eyes an some not: Wooly Bugger tied on a standard size 8 hook 2x long, with and without eyes: Some size 8 dry flies with various locations for the Hackle: Some size 8 Tenkara flies: Some small "bug" flies.

All of these flies / patterns have produced good catches in the past for me in the colors shown and a mix of various other colors.

Hopefully Spring weather is just around the corner and we can all get out and do a lot of Fly Fishing.

Have a great day,
Thomas
May the sun always shine and the wind be to your back, Thomas

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Re: What flies are you tying?
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2018, 01:35:49 PM »
Looks like bream food to me!   :smile:

I don't think you can go wrong with either something that looks like a bug or that looks like a minnow.  I do think colors matter but what colors depend on the water clarity, weather (sunny or dark), and food sources.  I have a trio of "confidence flies" that I'll fish in different colors and depending on which color scheme works best, I'll then throw a variety of flies in that color and see what the fish like most. I'll then restrict my tying to those specific patterns.

Otherwise too many different flies + too many different colors = one crazed fly tier!   :wink-new:

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Re: What flies are you tying?
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2018, 03:13:30 PM »
Looks like bream food to me!   :smile:

I don't think you can go wrong with either something that looks like a bug or that looks like a minnow.  I do think colors matter but what colors depend on the water clarity, weather (sunny or dark), and food sources.  I have a trio of "confidence flies" that I'll fish in different colors and depending on which color scheme works best, I'll then throw a variety of flies in that color and see what the fish like most. I'll then restrict my tying to those specific patterns.

Otherwise too many different flies + too many different colors = one crazed fly tier!   :wink-new:

Hello catch,

Most likely I could only take about one dozen flies with me out on the lake and catch plenty fish. However I like to take about a dozen 24-compartment fly boxes and every compartment full of flies when I go out. Never have too many...he he

My favorite color fishing on Sam Rayburn is Chartreuse and use it on most flies. The flies shown below that look yellow is actually Chartreuse. I do use both the Yellow Chartreuse and Green Chartreuse. I like Black, Dark Blue and Dark Purple for wet flies on overcast days.

I just really enjoy tying flies and give away most of what I tie up.

Hopefully the weather will settle a bit and I can get on the lake this coming week.

Have a great day,
Thomas
May the sun always shine and the wind be to your back, Thomas