Last night I felt well enough to venture out to a fly tying class. I was particularly excited because I signed up for these classes months ago, but have not been able to attend. I knew they were going to be tying a March Brown which was a fly I have attempted to tie as a wet, never dry.
Of course some very patient teachers and in my opinion expert fly tiers amongst about 15 beginners. They demonstrated a couple of times their variation on how to put the fly together and then let us go to try it on our own. With materials in hand I hesitated as I walked to the table. I struggle putting wings on any fly so I have not practiced this much.
My first fly turned out okay, but I had one of the teachers show me a proper figure eight wrap so that the wings would separate. I didn’t even crowd the eye. The second one went okay, but the wing didn’t turn out so well, but I felt confident enough to move to a smaller hook. What we practiced on was a size ten which much to large for a March Brown in this area. I only moved on size down-12, but it actually turned out pretty good.
Not bad for two hours-three okay flies to add to my fly box. I will practice some more tonight-especially on the wing part, and hopefully will get a chance to see if they will catch a fish.
Neither of the fly images I posted are mine, as I did not have my camera on me, but they are good examples of what they look like, or should look like.