I decide to attempt a huge leap forward in my fly tying this week…
This weekend while at Scheel’s in Omaha, I browsed through their fly fishing section and came across some deer hair popper flies. I believe these are the coolest looking flies that someone could fly. My experience with deer hair up to this point was only a couple of muddler minnows about a year back… and they came out so-so.
I figured deer hair flies were above my skill level. That is until my wife walked by, saw what I had in my hand, and commented “that one is neat.” Then the competitive side of me took off and said “Neat huh? I can do that…”
Above is my first attempt. Not bad; although if you look close enough you can can see the stumps of the rubber legs I attempted to tie into the fly… I broke one off and the others came out of the fly at all sorts of crazy angles… so I just cut them off.
Tonight I sat down and took a crack at it again. Deer hair fly number 2:
I have to say, for my second deer hair fly, I thought I did a pretty darn good job.
So I kept tying… Deer hair fly number 3 on the left (next to number 2):
Three flies, and I think I have the process perfected.
And I only stabbed myself on the hook point once while I had flies in the vise tonight…
There are two things that I love about fly fishing. The first is how involved you can make the experience. The second is how there is always something new to try… a new fly tying pattern, and new technique, a new species of fish to chase. The hobby constantly finds new ways to stay fresh and challenging.
And what takes a few minutes to learn, takes a life time to master.
See you hunched over the tying bench, covered in pastel colored deer hair…