We have spent the last week hunched over the vise, covered in bunny fuzz, guard hairs, and tinsel ends.
While some of the tying was work-related, most of it was for fun. We're gonna take a trip to a little river in a faraway land where the steelhead come to the surface in October, sipping stuff off the top like metrosexuals at an art opening. Normally, we would pooh-pooh the surface skater for steel and opt for the go-to bead n' bug rig that works so well in so much of the rest of the world, but...We need to know.
We're gonna give the first-light show a go with a few flies that might resemble food to these well-traveled little beasties. This is our first go at spinning deerhair and we're here to tell you that it is easy to do poorly, frustrating as hell to trim, and reinforces our belief that natural materials suck. But they do make pretty flies.
We weren't content to be normal...
If those don't work, we're goin' in after them.
And if THAT doesn't work, well...you know what comes next.
11 more days 'til Road Trip v.III