Thursday, January 4, 2018

Winter storm tying

We are in the middle of a strong nor'easter that is blanketing the east coast with snow, cold, and high winds.  There won't be any fishing for a little for sure.  I saw a picture yesterday of Church Pool on the Farmington River frozen solid!  Typically this tail water remains open and Church pool is well known for it's winter caddis hatches and rising trout all winter long.  Needless to say this winter has been a record cold one.  With all this cold weather, I figured it was time to change the blog background to a winter scene!

I've been tying some small nymphs lately.  This morning I was working on some small olives.   Stay warm everyone!


Olive nymph
Hends 354 #18 nymph hook
UTC 70 DN thread
Coq de leon tail fibers
XS gold ultrawire rib
2mm gold tungsten bead
olive squirrel dubbing and UV brown ice dubbing blend


Small Pheasant Tail
Hends 354 #18 nymph hook
UTC 70 DN olive thread
Coq de leon tail fibers
2 pheasant tail fibers
XS copper ultrawire rib
2mm copper tungsten bead
olive squirrel dubbing and UV brown ice dub blend


Olive quill nymph
Hends 354 #18 nymph hook
UTC 70 DN olive thread
Coq de leon tail fibers
Olive polish quill body
Loon UV fly finish over the quill body
2mm copper tungsten bead
olive squirrel dubbing and UV brown ice dub blend

12 comments:

  1. The trout will be waiting anxiously when it is finally warm enough to test those little beauties out!

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    1. Thanks Rowan! They may have to wait until next fall since the olives are done for this season!

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  2. Mark
    You guys stay safe during this unreal blizzard----can't be a better time to stock the fly box. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Bill - all is good here! Any snow in Jasper, AL?

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  3. Mark, this weather is a good excuse to hit the fly tying vise. I have a few patterns I'm going to be working on myself. Those fly patterns your working are my kind of flies. Simple straight forward ties that take only a few materials and not long to tie. The first tie is my favorite. Could probably use that all spring here and get good results.

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    1. thanks Brad! I will have to keep that in mind when it's time to pick up a certain college student for spring break

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  4. Mark
    Good idea on a cold snowy day. Might have to get tip ups and jigging rods to try out those flies. We need a January thaw.

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    1. Pete - there's certain no fishing for a while with these temperatures although the ice fishermen are probably loving it. I am just wondering when someone is going to venture out onto church pool with some bait and a few tip ups. That would be a change from the normal routine!

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  5. Mark your keeping busy on a snowy day.
    Now lets go fishing.

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    1. Alan - If this cold keeps up I will have plenty of flies for the season ahead!

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  6. Mark
    No snow here but the temps have been in the teens all week at night. It is suppose to be in the high fifties next week, which will mean some trout fishing for me FINALLY!!!

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    1. Bill - it's supposed to warm up next week around here but I'm not sure if things will thaw out on the streams since it's been so cold for a couple weeks now

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