For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Saturday, August 11, 2018
The top photo was taken a week ago in the front of my deck. As you can see the maple is already on the turn. To turn away from why this early change I direct my thoughts to what this post is about, and that is contrast. A great example of contrast is the first photo, blue sky, white clouds, green trees and a speckle of other colors. They all seem to blend in but also have their own identity.
This same contrast is also very valuable in fly construction. A slight subtle contrast, and a bright pronounced contrast have their place in fly construction.
Here are a couple of examples of contrast in in these soft-hackle flies. The first has an olive body, with an orange thorax. The hackle is a tawny pheasant feather.
This soft-hackle has a orange silk thread base. The body is natural squirrel, and the thorax is peacock. The hackle is a dun hen. These little changes in color can mean the difference between a strike or a refusal.