Friday, April 3, 2015

Some Quick Random Friday Updates

Well it's a dreary Good Friday in Saint Louis, and every 45 minutes or so it's been raining. My dog woke me up at about 5:00 a.m. this morning to let her out, and to her credit, this was before the rain began, so now she's dry and sleeping. Maybe Norma's smarter than I thought. Not being able to fall back asleep after that, I did find some time to tie a new pattern, and I thought I'd write about that, and post some other items that don't deserve a whole post.

The Royal Wulff

First and foremost, check out this size #14 Royal Wulff I tied this morning. I'm very, very happy with how it turned out, and I've tied a few of these in different ways.

The Royal Wulff
The Royal Wulff
The only piece I'm missing is using elk or moose hair for the tail. Right now, I'm just using pheasant tail fibers, which I don't believe are stiff enough. This is also my first time tying a fly using calf tail fur for the wing, and even though this material is very slick and has a tendency to fall off the top of the hook shank, the end product has been looking fantastic. It was my first time tying a body with floss, and I'm not sure if I'm using the stuff 100% correctly. Either way, I hope these Wulffs look appetizing to the trout.

Wetlands for Kids Day

Tomorrow, April 4, 2015, I'm volunteering out at Busch Conservation Area's annual Wetlands for Kids Day. I'll be out there from 10:00-3:00 helping kids fish in the lakes. There will probably be more worms than flies, but still, it's supposed to be 60 degrees and sunny - a perfect day for fishing. If you have kids and are going to be in the area Saturday, you should come by and say hello. For all of the Russians and Israeli people who read this blog, you'll probably need to leave now if you're going to make it in time.

Colorado Trip

Finally, yesterday my boss approved my time off request for a week in July. Emily and I are heading out to Boulder and Lyons, Colorado, and she's ensured me that I'll have plenty of time to fish while we're there. If you've fished the area before, please let me know some spots I should check out. Also, I'm going to do my best to refrain from just showing up on John Gierach's front porch when I'm there, as he lives somewhere in that area.

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