The Baikal Teal, AKA Bali duck has some nice feathers on its back. These feathers are quite hard to come by, but I recently fell into some, and so, I present the first of three flies to use these exquisite feathers in the wing.
The Pompadour wing certainly not an easy style to master (and I still have some work to do), but its not exceptionally difficult to make either. This fly I called Pompeii, kind of a nod to the wing style, and also because of the materials I included in fly. I had these nice amgold crests, and really wanted to make use of them to construct a minimal looking fly. Given the great Roman city was buried by lava and ash from Mount Vesuvius in A.D 79, I figured the rich orange and red color really fit with the name.
If you're like me, you're not great a photography, the only camera you own is within the confines of your cellphone, yet, you photograph every fly you tie, and even some that you don't.
My current set up cost me about $40, including light and tent - and it does a poor job of adequately lighting the flies I want to photograph. Getting those pictures to look good is generally difficult, partly due to the camera, but also lighting. The photos are ok, but generally, for me, they look grainy and poorly lit, but I work with what I have.
UPDATE: This project has reached it funding minimum and will be put into production for a summer delivery date.
I'm always scouring the internet looking for deals, and Kickstarter is one of those places I look.
There have a been a couple of good fly fishing related projects funded there over the last while, and today while I was searching I came across The Tacky Fly Box.
I've been thinking for the last while what I could do for 2014 to put some more regularity and focus in to the flies I tie, and I've decided to embark on two projects.
1 - Project Ghost - as you can probably imagine, this will involve tying all the Rangeley Style streamers with Ghost in the name - Gray Ghost, Black Ghost, Pink Ghost etc, originals as well as some of their variants, eg , Grizzly Gray Ghost, which is essentially a Gray Ghost except with a Grizzly wing. I think there are upwards of 40 "Ghost" variants out there.
Yesterday was my second day on the water for 2013, and probably my last too. Checked the weather during the week and sought permission based on the fact it was gonna be low 30s with snow/rain mix - not ideal outside weather for the family; so permission was granted.
I decided I'd leave a little later than I normally do, in order to arrive at the fly shop close to the water right about opening time, 11am, and also given it was gonna be cold, I figured things would liven up on the stream right when the sun was at its highest, or at least closer to midday, given there was no sun.
I've found myself wondering lately what is the goal of my tying. Basically it boils down to two questions.
Am I trying to exactly replicate vintage flies, or am I trying to forge an identity for myself in the tying of classic flies? Or rather, the question is this - which of these two paths do I want to follow?
I'm certain I want to forge an identity - to see my flies lined up against other great tyers and be able to pick out my own among them as being distinct from the others.
I guess lately I've fallen in to the trap of trying to replicate how and what I see others tie and it really wasn't working for me. That's part of the problem of seeing pictures of flies in books and online. Sure, they should have the same essential look, but with distinct nuances that distinguish them apart from that of another tyer. A certain, je ne c'est quoi?
For trout flies and streamers I think I've identified that look, but with salmon flies, I was am still searching for the goal, never mind the outcome. But now I think I'm headed in the right direction at least. All the salmon fly tyers I've come across all have certain qualities about their flies that make them unmistakably the work of that tyer. Hopefully over the next year or 10 I'll be able to identify and incorporate that unmistakable 'Eunan's Fly' look to my own salmon flies, all the while avoiding the doldrums of boringly replicating the 'look' of others.
Enough reflections for now.
BTW. This was my 100th post on this blog in a little under two years on the scene. Not a bad clip of an average of about 1 post per week, enough to keep you interested, not enough to saturate the 'blogosphere'. Thanks to all who've been checking in to see my flies, whether you actively follow my ramblings or just hop in every now and again. I hope you've either been inspired to give it a go yourself, or at the very least enjoyed reading and seeing flies of yesteryear (as well as some more modern flies).
And so, on to the next one....which I believe will be to finish my Tippetiwitchet.