It’s been a while hasn’t it? And this evening’s submissions are contributed from ‘The Neighbor’. My tying den is a wreck and I need to do some serious cleaning out before I start to tie. Hopefully I’ll accomplish this and display/contribute a few ties in the next installment.
I preface tonight’s selection by saying that I acquired these fine samples last Fall. So these selections are geared toward what would have been a good selection for fishing at that time of year – Autumn 2021.
Ants are good from Summer through the fall I think. The Neighbor saw to it to provide me with several variations but I am only sharing a couple here. Parachute ants have been in my fly boxes for years especially when I know trout are starting to select them. I’ve heard it said before that trout may think of ants a ‘trout crack’. I don’t know about crack but I do know trout like ants… a LOT!
These next two, above, are rather interesting. I’ve fished, only recently, a midge and was able to bring to net a big Brown Trout Club Brown trout! It can be a very stressful situation as I was using 6X or 7X tippet and a size 22 or 24 midge sort of tie. Now some of you may think ‘Well, use a larger tippet!’. Well, that would be great if you can get a 5x tippet through the eye of that 24, 26, 28 sized hook eye. I cannot! I think this specimen above and left could pass as a cluster or a couple of midges doing the dance. If it doesn’t fool a trout as a midge maybe as a pair of ants?
Do all ants come in black? No! Now I’m not sure what’s going on as this one seems to be half black and half cinnamon – but I got to think it’ll fool a fish or two for sure.
Beetles? Who said beetles are good for trout? I don’t know but I’m guessing many.
I do not remember if I’ve ever tied a beetle. This looks like hair is tied in ‘pointing’ aft (butt ends that is) and then after the body is dubbed, it is pulled forward and over top of the dubbed body. To me, the tricky part is pulling some of the butt ends of the hair to the sides to create legs. It may just be me, but I think THAT is a technique that might take some time to perfect. Looks like ‘The Neighbor’ has got it though!
Lastly…. a cricket/hopper!
Who cares as long as it catches a trout eh? I didn’t get a ventral shot so I don’t know if this is ribbed with anything. I just remember that the entire thing was black and then those either goose or turkey biot outrigger ‘legs’ appear like a brown color.
I think (based on only the picture) the legs (the goose or turkey biots) were tied in and some dubbing wrapped over the leg tie-in point before the butt ends of the hair was then pulled aft and tied down – maybe. A great looking tie!
Well, I hope to get the den cleaned up enough that I can get to the vice and start tying over the next week or so. It’s time… ‘that’ time of year! If you want any of your ties to show up here, shoot me an email (email@example.com) and we’ll arrange to get your flies here to get their picture taken and featured here. If you take you own pictures and just want to send those along, by all means do so.
Until we see each other again…. I’m an Unintentional Blogger… aka UB!