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Friday, January 31, 2014
|Serve on an 8-weight rod with a side of cocktail sauce|
You'd think with as cold as it's been and as much as I've been holed up inside with the rest of the eastern seaboard I'd have alot of flies tied by now. But that couldn't be farther from the truth. I've had the fly tying desk cleared off for weeks, moved some items around, rearranged materials on the shelves and in boxes but haven't sat down to tie. So last night I was determined to change that.
Scott over at Fly Paper had an article not too long ago and a certain fly caught my eye that I didn't have in my box. Lately it seems, I can get into tying a lot easier if it's a big saltwater or warmwater pattern rather than small trout stuff. So a little while later I had a half dozen Veverka's Mantis Shrimp tied and a big monkey off my back. And of course these new patterns will mean the bonefish will literally fall all over themselves in Andros a few weeks from now and double digit days will be the norm. So I'll make sure to tie like two dozen more for good measure. But as my friend Mike points out, he could still go there for a week with 12 flies and come back with 10. Mike can do that: he knows how to properly strip strike 7.5 pound fish and not break off and cross their eyeballs like some other people I know.
|Hermon and Mike with an "ok" bonefish from the west|
side of Andros Island, Bahamas