I tied a few rainbow streamers. I experimented on one with a Fish Skull Articulated Shank and another with a bend back TMC 411S hook which are the two flies on the bottom of the picture to the left. I plan on trying them tomorrow in the undercuts of the larger pools. It should be interesting to cast them on my dinky NAC 4'9" 3 weight but I don't care. It should also be interesting to see how the weekends storm affected the water. I intend on tying some of these in Golden Trout colors so when I hit the Sierras I can target those big browns that are eating the Goldens.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
UV Lights and Tying Material
Admittedly I am slow to adopt new things. I hunt in wax cotton. I shoot a side by side. I still buy CDs and don't even own digital music. I was late to buy a cell phone that has internet or email capabilities and only did so cause I dropped my cell in the pool. Even though I don't instantly embrace new things I was interested when I learned about UV fly tying materials. After a decade or so of working with lead, softex, epoxy in non ventilated rooms, I'm probably going to have kids (if I ever have kids) that will have a third nut or sixth toe or something. I heard that this UV stuff is nontox so I decide to look into it. I spent the afternoon at Bob Marriotts and decide to buy some of this stuff. I bought the Clear Cure Goo UV light and the Loon UV Clear Fly Finish. Since this stuff dries tacky, Hightower said I should finish the fly with some Hard As Hull.
When I came home I was anxious to try this stuff. I'll be fishing tomorrow in an area where Tuck and Chul saw a 16 inch brown attack a 6 inch rainbow. He held it in its mouth like a dog holds a bone. Tuck actually has a picture of it and I am waiting to see it. I decided to tie some rainbow steamers. This stuff is AWESOME! I love it. I hate working with epoxy. I hate mixing it. I hate how it yellows over time. I hate having to rotate the flies. I hate it all. So I haven't tied with it in years. This UV stuff is so simple and convenient and quick. I love it.