Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The Rhythm of the Vise
There are those evenings at the fly vise when things just come together. I've been tying a lot of flies lately, to the tune of at least a dozen a night lately. It's all part of a larger project that'll come to fruition in early January at the Denver fly show. What I'm getting at is that there's a certain "rightness" to spending an hour or two at the vise, getting everything right, and putting together some really great flies. It's not like the planets have to align, and that you have to do this in the light of a full moon. All it takes is an open mind, quality feathers, and touching turns of wire and Shetland yarn. Some really good music and a glass or two of Colorado microbrew don't hurt either. Allowing a perfect hen pheasant soft hackle to spread like a tiny flower around a barbless hook, wrapping with precision, and finishing that fly with care is time well spent. May your winter tying be as rewarding as mine.