Saturday, April 22, 2017

If I Remember Right......................

IF I REMEMBER RIGHT....................


When I awoke this morning, for some darn reason, I was a bit grumpy.  Well, at least I woke up.  That is a positive thing at my age.......... Anyway, back to the grumpy thing.
I pondered for a minute on why I was so grumpy.  Could be I haven't been fishing lately......... That might be it! Or, it could be that I was having a flashback to the last time  I went fishing on the ponds near my home.  That could have bee it, too.

Seriously, being grumpy comes with being an ol' geezer.  I think that's it if I remember right!  Being an ol' geezer also comes with forgetfulness, too.  So let me see if I can remember why I started this blog post to begin with............ Oh, yea, I think I remember now!
Did I say something about going fishing? Maybe, if I remember right........... All an old fly fisherman, or gal for that matter, needs to remember is that they are smarter than the fish they are casting for.  Hope they can remember that long..........

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Now, if I remember right, the wife said that it was going to be a good day and that I could buy a new fiberglass fly rod on the way to the pond!
I sure hope I remember right.................. I wonder if she will remember what she said, or, will it be a he said, she said thing? Chances are one of us has to be right.

Well, I bought it.  Now, just can't remember where I put it............................... Us ol' geezers sure pack a lot of gear around.  If I remember right, it all has it's specific use.  Darn, was that a two piece rod or was that one of them fancy four piece outfits?  I wish I could remember right.............. I wonder if I ever left the fly shop with the rod? Did I even stop at the Fly Shop? If I remember right.............Oh, there it is!

Whats more, where did that new little fly reel come from that's laying here with the rod? Did I purchase that to match the rod so beautifully?  Boy, I wish I could remember right..........................

Ok, let's see... What I left home with a box full of flies, didn't I? If I could remember right............. Or, is that a brand new fly box that goes with the rod and reel? I wish I could remember.............

There's my lunch sticking out from underneath my pillow............ If I remember right, I was planning on taking a nap when it warms up a bit.  Sure is hot out here today!

Now, if I can just remember where I was going to go fishing at..................... Oh well, I will find water somewhere to fish in.  If I remember right, I just might get there..............................................

Oh, No!  I think I can smell my box of worms someplace...........................  I wonder how they got in here, or better yet, how long they been here.......... If I could only remember?

Ok, I am in the car going somewhere to fish or take a nap or throw out the worms.  If I could only remember..........................................................................................................................................

I put my favorite song in the ol' CD player.  I hope you enjoy it!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Fly Tyin' Times - Flies At Work

Always good to hear when someone has spent their hard earned dollars on the fruits of your labor at the fly tying vise, that fruition comes from their efforts.  I thought I would share a couple of quick pictures today of my flies with all my blog readers that have been passed on to me by their users.  

Red Tag Soft Hackles and Krystal Beetles ready to go to work in Florida!  Happy hooks up,  Mike.


Iowa fly fisher, Steve Doty, has been at work on his local pond with more flies from Fly Tyin' Times....

 Nice Bluegill, Steve!  Great to see that my "Go Getter" works back that way also......

This is my Grandson, Kaleb Owens! While he wasn't fly fishing, he has been stalkin' the local ponds and getting his fair share of Bass.  What did he use? "Grandpa, I used Rooster Tails".

I am a little further behind on the fishing than I usually am as I have been homebound pretty much helping my wife through recovery of some fairly serious surgery.  So my time has been spent tying flies.........................

 
 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

What She Said.....................



All of us that write a fly fishing or fly tying blog have probably had the same thing happen to them at one time or another.  You know we all have points where we look forward to writing that next blog post.  An idea comes, and, we ponder on it awhile.  We struggle to write the words or see the full picture of where we are going with the post............ Recently, that happened to me.  I am really happy that it did!

Here is why: I have really been focused on getting Fly Tyin' Times rolled over to a lot of fly tyin' matter.  For example (the intent to include simple and effective fly patterns for fishing for Panfish, or, booting up the online shop, or, moderating the very successful Fly Tyin' Times group over on Facebook).  Things have been going well with all of that. 



Well, with that comes a lot of interest in fly tying.  I have made contact with many new tyers or those who wish to take up fly tying.   Questions abound..... What do I need to start tying flies? Should I do this or that?  Can I tie flies cheaper than I can buy them?  Those of us who do tie our flies have heard these questions from our friends and neighbors, both, online and offline.

So, regressing here, I had plans to put together a complete post to answer some of those questions and help out my readers.  As I pondered on this a bit, I read a post over on my friend, Paul Beel's blog Frankenfly. In Paul's post I read about another writer/blogger by the name of Sara Golden from The Wading Lab.  

I hit that link to the blog and read an absolutely very well done article that answered all the questions about fly tying that I had mentioned above, and, in great detail.  

So, in essence, I wish all of my readers stop over to Sara's post and read what she has to say.  I could not have written it any better.

 http://www.wadinglab.com/best-fly-tying-starter-kit-buyers-guide/
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