Fly tying can be a patience testing, time consuming hobby, but there are little ways to make it a bit easier on you. When I first began doing small commercial tying orders around 19 years old, I learned very quickly that the faster I could tie the more I could ultimately make. These are just a couple things that will save you a few extra minutes per session on the vice.
Peacock herl is a great material for an array of flies but often becomes too bulky & hard to glue without ruining its iridescence. One use for peacock herl that is often overlooked is stripping the fibres and using the quill as a body material. It creates beautiful segmentation as well as a very natural looking colour for a chironomid pupa.
Below the surface of the water on any of our interior lakes, there are a smorgasbord of options for fish to enjoy at any given part of the season. The tricky part is knowing how, when and why to imitate each of these food sources. First things first, we will discuss exactly what bloodworms are.