Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Fly Tyin' Times And A Resolution Pre-Christmas

Been rather quiet around here as far as blog activity goes for a couple of weeks.  However, I hope that you will soon see why......

Pre-Christmas Resolution: 
My wife (Diane) - That fly tying desk is a mess.
Me: I know it hasn't been cleaned up in at least a year of fly tying.  But, I know where everything is. (I don't think she bought that line...)
Diane: You know that old desk is about too fall apart.  The drawers are coming off the hinges, it is all scarred up, and it is warped wood on this corner.........
Me: Whoa, is me! What do you think I should do?
Diane: I have an idea, but, it will take a commitment from you.
Me: I am all ears, but a commitment, gee, I don't know.  It's fly tying season and I have a fly tying list that is growing by the day..........
Diane: Here is the deal! You organize your fly tying material and clean off that old desk and you can go buy a brand new fly tying desk that you like and looks nice in the room here and has a place to store your basic everyday needs for fly tying.
Me: Wow, thanks for the motivation! That old desk sure is a mess and an eyesore.  I am on it....

Update: Commitment met, fly tying material organized, old desk trashed, and, a new one in  place.

 A beautiful roll top fly tying desk that is spic and span (for today!), and, all materials organized and within quick reach.  The desk has locking features on the drawers top and bottom so grandchildren, cats, dogs, or other old Geezers have to have a pass key if I am not there! (Tee Hee....)  How long is it going to look brand new.  Not long, I have some Soft Hackles, Midges, Nymphs, Dries, Streamers, Leeches, Panfish Bugs, etc. on my to do list.

Here is one that would be the last pattern I tied from the old and retired fly tying desk.

I am also going to focus my blog efforts on Fly Tyin' Times.  ***Note the change in the blog name above on my new Blog Header.    This does not require any changes to the link that my readers and BlogBuddies are using to find my latest blog work.  However, if you choose too, you may want to change the blog name on your blogrolls to "Fly Tyin' Times".  Again, totally up to you, but, I will be here blogging away with a focus on fly tying.

(Disclaimer): I have a long fly tying history and have tied at several regional conclaves and have taught beginning level fly tying classes at high schools and fly shops.  I don't do that as much anymore as I have aged, but, would be more than willing to help individuals who may have fly tying questions here on my blog or via email if that would be easier for you.  My email address is:
 I do not tie commercially anymore.  Never had much fun when I was doing that for awhile.   I have been known to share flies while on the water and give some to friends and neighbors and fellow BlogBuddies.  It is my pleasure!!  For while, I marketed my own line of Nymph Dubbing and Leech Dubbing.  Sold as much of it as fast as I could make it,   Once, I even turned down an offer from a Distributor to sell the rights to my dubbing and be involved in traveling to (Timbuktu, some place) to train others the dubbing business.  Anyway, that is history and I take my fly tying and my love of fly tying quite seriously.  I hope to share some of that love as we move forward in a new blogging direction for 2017.  End of Disclaimer)

Happy Hookups in 2017...............

P.S. So as to leave my window open on the blog, you will still see the occasional fly fishing posts about fishing the Warm Water Ponds near my home and the occasional trout trip to the Big Thompson River and RMNP as they come to be...................



  1. Mel, that's a beautiful work place. Roll top desks are so classic.
    Now we can see some of your creations.
    By the way that ice dub is a great ingredient.

    1. Thank you, Alan, for the appreciative comment. I am very happy I found the Roll Top and at a pretty good price for the season also. I am really looking forward to sharing with my BlogBuddies and other readers, my love for fly tying and some of the patterns present and past. I use a lot of Ice Dub in my nymphs, streamers, etc. Love it!

  2. You wife told you to go out and buy a new fly tying desk, if I were you I'd keep her. Here's a little secret, when we moved to the new house I got to pick my fly tying desk. Not quite as cool as yours though.

    1. Mark, been hanging on to her for almost (44) years now. She is my Core! I do admit I was really surprised and happy to take on that challenge. Happy to hear you have a new fly tying desk also. If I remember right you have a Regal Vise. "Outstanding"!

  3. Beautiful desk! Love the setup. And you improved the decor to boot. Well done!

    1. Thank you, Ralph, for the nice comment. I guess I did "Kill" two birds with one choice in this matter. However, to tell you the truth, when I came across this desk visions of fly tying and material storage was all I had in mind...... Thanks for your support!

  4. Love that desk - such a classic piece! Enjoy it!
    Happy Christmas!

    1. Thank, Will, it is a beautiful desk. I still catch myself looking at in admiration of its great look. I assure you I will enjoy it and put it to good use.
      Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and happy hook ups in 2017.

  5. Brother Mel, that desk is great! I'm looking forward to some videos as well now that you've moved up town. Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family. (I miss the girl's posts)

    1. Thank you, Howard, I really appreciate all the positive comments from my BlogBuddies about my good fly tying fortune......
      I plan on featuring some fly tying videos regularly. (Not mine, but, some that I think are great for all of us fly tyers!!) Me, I am a not skilled at video work..........

      Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and Pam this holiday season.
      God Bless!!

  6. Mel
    Outstanding desk for fly tying; I am going to get into tying sometime in February. I have been looking at some starter sets, which will go on sale during that month. Glad to know I can use you as a reference when I get stated.
    Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!!

    1. Thank you, Bill, I believe it will serve my purpose wonderfully......
      Good to hear that you are going to take the fly tying leap. I predict you will love it and soon will be as addicted as all the rest of us who tie flies. By all means, don't hesitate to ask plenty of questions if you need to. No question is a dumb question...

      May the Christmas season and upcoming New Year be of excellence to you and your family!

  7. Mel - I remember a time earlier in the year when you thought that your fishing AND your tying days were done. I'm sometimes fighting that discouragement myself, so I can't describe how good it feels to see you writing this and digging in! And congrats on the new desk!

    Maybe our paths will cross in 2017. I still haven't been to RMNP or fished the Big Thompson...

    1. Believe me, Chris, it (that thought) is on my mind most everyday.........
      It certainly was discouraging, for sure.....
      Thanks to the support of my BlogBuddies and a blessing from on high, I have began to feel somewhat better. My medications have been adjusted and I can think clearly through what pain I have. With that thought in mind, I am pushing onward the only way I know how.

      Thanks for the encouragement on the new desk. Fly tying in earnest has began, again! Hope someday to have the opportunity to share some water with you out my way. Have a great 2017 and many happy hook ups.....


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