TW67 wrote:I still buy some store ordered flies. Those small dry flies give me fits! Plus, sometimes I just like to try out new patterns w/o buying any new material. o.k.- kiskadinna, I'll bite, what's wrong with foam? PURIST???
If that was unclear I apologize. When it comes to fly tying I like to think of myself as a non-traditionalist - basically I want a bug to ctach fish, not necessarily look like a catskill dry. I see know the "whatnot" might be the problem - I like foam - I might as well admit I follow my wife around hobby lobby and spend time in the aisle with the foam sheets. It's a problem, I know but I think some purists would just as soon have me not attend their tyers meetings.
A blue damsel interpretation for bass and panfish - poly pro and plastic.
I even have discovered Super 77 and like to build my own popper bodies. Might even have to give the dremel bugs a go some time.
The only deer or elk hair i typically do is EHCs and bullet heads on hoppers.
I like high sticking, dropper rigs and bass on the fly. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I have spent even a portion of a day casting a dry upstream.
How's that for a purist. I will admit though I have developed an interest in chironomid larvae down to about 22s. The only flies I buy these days are when I'm going on a trip to a new place and I dont have time to tie.
Incidentally, my wife is doing her MS on the effects of human foot traffic on benthic invertebrates in a river system. Believe it or not, we can have two different conversations about the same exact thing. she says baetidae, I say BWO. Meh - thats the way life goes, and at least she understands my hobbies!