TO BUY or TO TIE ..
THAT IS THE QUESTION
Once on the stream with $54.97 worth of flies we figure we have to use them. But since we can't remember exactly all the advice, we tie on the "one fly" we think we should be using and then fish it the way we kind of remember hearing. I think that is why buying two dozen flies before going out on the stream is dooming us to failure.
TYING AFTER YOU FISH
|Here's a Blue Winged Olive (Mayfly) on the Arkansas last Friday.|
|Here's a BWO imitation tied by an amateur fly tier in Boulder. I bought it at the Colorado Trout Unlimited Gala Friday night. It would have been nice to have it along earlier in the day.|
TYING BEFORE YOU FISH
I pray these flies will work in the Holy Water.
|Pat Dorsey turned me on to the chocolate foam wing emerger last year. I've added a couple flavors.|
|Mike says you can't lose with a Barr's Emerger|
|I tried out the sparkle RS2 and it worked like a charm. The glue gun midges are still in tryouts.|
|Midcurrents has a great video on how to tie this. Can you tell that I'm all out of hungarian partridge feathers. If Fred or Aaron don't shoot it, I probably don't have it.|
As I imagine the fish would see these masterpieces.
Blogging this out has brought me to the conclusion that tying is better than buying for everyone involved. The fly shop will come out ahead, your own head will come out ahead, and your fish count will come out ahead of your buddies who "buyed" rather than tied.