Tomorrow I hit the water of the Salamandre with the boys. I’m on mission rainbow. The finish on MHX F906-4 is still smoking hot, my new airflo reel is loaded with the Barrio GT140S (a line I have already tried on the lawn, and loved, but will thoroughly field-test now)…
Everything is GO.
And since you don’t catch a big trout with peanuts, I decided to enter a trance, forget about my incompetence at the vise and proceed to tie a wild orgy of streamers. I know some of you guys are first class tiers, some are even pros, so let me tell you that the following pictures are a slap in the face of the noble art, a manifesto of my inabilities. I am deeply ashamed by those flies. Yet I show them, maybe because there may be others beginners out there looking for reassurance (as you can see there are worse tiers than you), maybe because I have not yet abandoned the hope to get a good fish from them.
Also I had to tie around the many lacking items in my box. I still don’t have hackle pliers, or a hair stacker, head cement (let alone bug bond), beads, I have no marabou in almost all the good colors, no chenille, no dubbing, etc.
The tying was very fun, and I learned a lot. Whip finish is better but still not really there, but I blame the silly tool I inherited. I need a proper one.
After watching literally hours of McPhail’s vise prowess, I recognized in my own activities some gross mockery of his. Marc is right, watching him carefully is an bottomless well of valuable info.
Since I don’t want you to leave g0ne on such a note, I’ll let the other Streamers make up for this. Which makes me think, maybe I should tie a beige streamer.