Tis the Tying Season

Bob Newman - 12/04/18

Steelheed Fly Tying

Give it a try, you may like it

So, we're at that time of year that trout fishing is still worth pursuing, but the fishing day has decreased in length and unfortunately will continue decreasing for a while. For you who are steelheaders, well, you're season is still going on.

What to do to quench the desire to still be involved in something fishing related during the short days of winter? One easy way is to start tying flies for next year's fishing, so that you don’t have to do any last minute tying for that special trip. Maybe you have a pretty set selection of flies that you know you will use. It's always good to have a few extra's stashed away. Maybe you want to play with some modifications to your "usuals". Then there all of those "new" or, "hot" patterns that show up on YouTube and across the web that you may have thought of trying.

Maybe you are into stream fishing and want to branch out into lake fishing. Yes many of the flies you will use are the same but some of the bugs are different so some extra tying will be in order. How about if you want to get into tiger muskie or pike fishing. Tying flies that are 6 to 12 inches long is a lot different than tying trout flies of less than an inch. Obviously the amount of materials used increases, and some of the tying techniques are different than you may be used to, not to mention that tying some of these flies may take an hour or more each.

Then there is bass fishing. Ever thought of fishing topwater for bass? The explosive strike will put those trout sipping mayflies to shame and keep your heart racing. But not all bass fishing is surface fishing and underwater takes can still get you going. Again, the flies are larger and different than trout flies and can take longer to tie but even though there are several "known" patterns most that tie their flies create their own patterns so your imagination is your only limit. In addition, several other warmwater species entice your fly fishing brethren, perch, panfish, and even carp abound out there.

Learning new tying styles can benefit all of your fly tying. Maybe you decide to branch out into different fisheries, tie some of the flies and later on decide fishing for that species is not what you thought it might be. Every new tying technique you learn can be applied to just about all of your other flies. Many years ago I decided to learn how to tie the classic Atlantic salmon flies. To this day I still apply a lot of those techniques to tying trout flies.
"Give it a try, you may like it."

- Bob Newman

  • Bob Newman - Fly Tier 50 plus year award winning fly tyer and commercial tyer