|Twist up all the bodies of your flies you'll need for a trip and stash them somewhere, that way, you can come back to them and finish the thorax. This will allow you to get in the groove and not have to deal with too many materials all at once. |
Friday, December 16, 2011
Being busier than I've ever been with barely enough time to feed myself, 'Guide Flies' are usually those that appeal to me the most. They need to be quick to tie, sturdy, inexpensive, fish catching flies that won't cause any mental distress if it gets snapped off on a fish or hung up on a rock. Having a family, a day job, a mortgage, and a brown dog, my main goal at the vise is to pump out as many flies as I can in one sitting. There's really no telling how long I'll actually be able to twist before someone has a bad dream or a conference call meeting needs to be accepted, so having materials, hooks, beads, etc pre-loaded is important to keeping the efficiency high each session at the bench. My good friend Juan Ramirez is always bitching about fact that he never has time to fill his own flybox, go on vacation or even watch TV and a few years back warned me of the evils of commercially tying, I now fully understand what he meant. Here are a few things I do to insure my time is spent wisely.