For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Sunday, January 31, 2021
How it's viewed from both sides....soft hackles and spiders....
An icy stream in NW CT. yesterday. This place is off limits for awhile. Beautiful scene. Now the weather guessers are saying a major snow event for tonight and tomorrow. The snow I can deal with but when it covers up the ice underneath it's time to stay home and plan, tie flies, cook and maybe get organized, things such as fly boxes which have no organization what's so ever. Somehow the disorganized fly box is OK and works well for most of the year I still like to get it in shape for at least one month.
A soft hackle/spider. Just tied it looks beautiful in its dry state. But that's not how the trout see it and that's what matters. Below you will see just how these soft hackles appear when in the water.
This fly has a sparse dubbed body and hackles. If you look closely you will see tiny air bubbles on the whispy fibers. To a trout this shows life.
This fly shows those air bubbles on the dubbing and hackles. It also shows how the hackles move simulating life.
Here you can see lots of air tiny bubbles on the dubbing and hackles. Also shown the the orange silk thread body through the sparse dubbing.
This spider really shows how life like a few turns of hackle along with some sparse hares ear thorax dubbing can show life. Also the trapped air bubble in the thorax area is just what a mayfly does as it is moving to the surface to hatch.
Chilly days call for a hot bowel of "chili" No whimpy stuff here.