go on, say that it’s about living in a world where we want everything and everything happening at the same time and i’m just a sucker like almost everyone else but, fly fishing, at least when we’re fishing is mostly about looking down.
sure, we’ll look around for casting obstacles and such and check our back cast (you better !) but most of the time is spent staring into the water, tracking our flies, looking for natural bugs or baitfish and trying to not fall in by sliding on round-slimy rocks and logs and shit.

on the other hand, if we had something like this:

behind-the-head-vision (and a built-in super-duper telescope) we could enjoy observing the whole Universe while doing the things we love and still catch a few fish.
maybe one day…

Little Boxes

beyond actual assembly methods, preserving the intended proportions of a fly is one of the finer skills a tier can acquire.
there are numerous ‘hands on’ methods such as using the bodkin needle or other tool or even a ruler or drawing compass to compare lengths, widths and heights but in my mind the best tool is the mind’s eye.
“to see things with the mind”, to envision proportions by superimposing little boxes, triangles circles or ovals as in the image below frees us from the boundaries of gadgets and superfluous tools leading to a more intuitive approach to tying and fly design.

CDC loop emerger dave wiltshire
if there was only one adage to adopt in our craft the better one would probably be:
Less is More…
give it a try sometime. as in all things regarding adapting the way we see and think about the things around us, it may take a little patience and persistence but it’s a fun and rewarding challenge.

these thoughts where inspired by Dave Wiltshire’s fantastic CDC Loop Emerger pictured above.

“Tied in a range of styles and with different materials, this fly has a hugely buggy appearance and suggests that struggling and vulnerable stage as a fly makes the change from nymph to dun.I like to tie the tips long and allow them to project over the eye, giving an even busier profile. In conjunction with the wing, this makes a fantastic footprint.”

to access the step by step for this pattern and its variations click the pic and while you’re there be sure to check out a whole slew of other fluffy goodies at Dave’s River Fly Box.  enjoy !