4 of us were on hand for the Katy Navy Fly Tying (KNFT) last night, John P. Michael M, George S. and Puck. Nilo had made some goodies to go with the sourdough bread. “Arrogant Bastard” beer from Stone brewing company, and jalapeno beer from a Katy brewery, topped of the libations. That’s when we started tying flies.
The fly of the day was the Bendback. Our group was exposed to:
1. The uses of the new Mustad replacement for the 34011, and why choose that hook
2. Materials for the body.
a. Craft fur
b. Fish hair
d. Peacock hearl
3. Choosing eyes, style and color
4. Finishing the head with sealant
a. Aleenes fabric fusion
c. Booger glue (not used)
d. Epoxy (not used)
John P. and Puck took a finished fly to the pool and watched it in the water while it was still light enough to see. Craft fur dances in the water once wet. John P. and Puck had already finished one fly, all but the eyes, by time the others arrived.
Mike M. picked up all kinds of tips and trick for these larger flies. Contrasting colors seemed to be the biggest challenge for him. And yes, there is a story here.
George took what I consider a 5-minute fly, added some artistry to it, and made it into a 10-15 minute fly. His tweaks on the pattern gave the results a sleek, polished look. I should have take photos of those.