My tying activity has taken a decided turn in the busy direction. Last week I finished an order of Ultra Wire soft hackles for my blogging friend Bill over at the Fishing Through Life blog. By the end of the week I was starting to really crank out Parachute Adams for my upcoming trip to Tennessee. Yesterday I reached my goal and feel like I have enough now in sizes #12-#18. Of course, as a fisherman, I never feel truly ready so I may tie a few more for good measure.
Other flies that came out of the vise yesterday were my bead head Ice Dub caddis pupa, my variation on an RS2 that is killer in the Smokies in early spring, and some bead head Pheasant Tail nymphs. I even managed tie tie a couple little #24 Krystal Flash Midges that were the secret to my recent Pueblo tailwater success. There were probably some other patterns that I'm forgetting but progress is being made!!! Tonight, with any luck, I will tie up some more nymphs and perhaps a few streamers. The weather is looking marginal at best for my trip so I'll have to have heavy nymph and streamer patterns around in case the water levels are up too high. Slowly the box is filling up, and of course I already have more flies than I know what to do with. One way or another I'll get by and hopefully have a few flies left over to use on the trout out here in Colorado. Still, until I leave for Tennessee, I will tie on in all my spare time!
UPDATE: 5/5/2015 -- The Smokies continue to be on fire! Lots of bugs, especially on overcast or drizzly days, but you can stay in fish regardless of whether there is a hatch going on by fishing a light colored dry fly with a small bead head dropper underneath. I've been fishing a Parachute Light Cahill with a variety of nymphs as the dropper. Guide trips are seeing some fantastic numbers of fish. On Sunday during a father/son beginner trip, the son caught 27 trout on his first time ever fly fishing. Now that is a good day!
The Caney Fork is dropping into great shape for float trips. Yesterday I had an all day float that saw two first time fly fishermen each get into double digit numbers of fish! The flows will continue to settle down with the dry weather we are experiencing so go ahead and book your trip today to get out on this fine tailwater.