March came in like a lion, and isn’t quite going out like a lamb. Maybe “out like a lion cub” is more appropriate? Anyway, it was a fun month at the vice to be tying up some new and old patterns for the boxes. Read on!
Right before writing this I finished up just over a half dozen Walt’s Worms for the more practical end of things. Most of the flies from this month are ones that I hope to use both now and into the summer not only for trout but smallmouth and other species as well. Each photo below has a caption describing the pattern, just in case you’re curious (hover your clicker over the picture for the caption to appear).
Chartreuse/White Clousers with large beadchain eyes.
An assortment of Morlock’s Beast Bait streamers.
Some Purplish/Chartreuse Clousers (I like the call the color combo, “The Joker”).
Cohen’s Mud Puppets.
Olive/Yellow and Olive/Tan/Yellow Clousers.
Some smaller Craft Fur Clousers, along with two Mud Puppets.
Cohen’s Jiggy Cray, kind of.
Something sculpin-ish that I concocted with some leftover materials.
A pair of Ted’s Swimming Hex Nymphs.
Some Beast Bait variations with a sculpin helmet.
A pair of SF Minnows with Fishskulls
Olive/White Strolis’ Headbanger Sculpins for a local shop.
A crayfish version of Mauser’s Hackle Crab.
Strolis’ Headbanger Sculpins for the personal stash.
Two attempts at Marabou Muddlers.
Brown Strolis’ Headbanger Sculpins for a local shop.
Experimental tie on a Damcraw, tied in cream for a molting crayfish.
A handful of Walt’s Worms, BH and heavily weighted.
Whitlock’s Fox Squirrel nymph variations – half tied BH Soft Hackle, half tied like Carp Bitters.
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What have you been tying at the vice this month?