I had not been able to get to tye any flies
for about two weeks as I was doing things on
the computer. You know those fun things of
loading new programs and doing all the little
things to make them work. It was so much fun.
Any how I finally sat down to tie some flies
for a swap. The first fly I had to put the thread
on twice because I somehow did not wrap it on well
enough and when I let go of the bobbin, it hit the
floor. I pulled some marabou off a stem and promptly
dropped more than half of it. I decided to wrap what
I had with a few wraps and then take more off. I was
not going to try to put together what I had dropped.
Finally got it on and it stayed pretty well in place.
I was doing fifteen flies and to put a black
marabou tail on with a few pieces of crystal flash
took me almost 40 minutes. I was twisting the
tail around the shank. I would have it fall off
because I had not got the butt ends even. Anything
that could happen did and a few more I think.
I was going to be smart and cut them off one at
a time, put the beads on the hook and then reattach
the tail. I have done this before but this
was not my day to get something like that to
work. After five attempts my patience came to
an end, faster than with the thread spool, and I
just cut them off into the trash can.
I then worked on putting six glass seed beads on each hook.
If you think I had trouble with the marabou this was a
real hoot. I stuck my fingers more than I got beads on
the hook. I was determined that this was going
to get done. I probably would have been better
off to quit and do it another time, but I don't
always do the bright thing.
Finally put a sheet of construction paper down and poured the beads out
on that. Then I could get the beads onto the hook shank. Then it was
back to getting the tails on the flies. I decided that it was probably
best if instead of laying everything out in piles for each fly and
messing them up, but I would do one at a time.
I finally got them done but it took about 3.5 hours
for what would normally be an hour to put the beads
and tails on.
I did give up and picked up a book to read. Thought that I
might do a better job at that.
I did tie some nymphs two days later and did much better. Hopefully I
will finish the other flies in a few days with fewer problems.
I hope your tying goes smoother than mine did that day and that you can
get out on the water. ~ Rick