Fly swaps can be fun, but I haven't participated in one for years. Currently the Blue River Fly Fishers have a fly swap going on, and I indeed did sign up.
I don't mind fly swaps these days... I just wish I could see a little better. A fly tying magnifying glass has been on the wish list for years, but, waders, boots, rods, or other stuff always seem to trump this much needed fly tying tool in this fly tying life.
Originally, I was going to tie a beadhead pheasant tail cripple (or challenged) pattern. However, upon checking inventory, discovery revealed a severe shortage on the appropriate sized beadheads.
One material I did have plenty of was hare's ear mask and hare's ear flavored bug fur so close to two dozen classic hare's ear patterns have been churned as an offering. I hope they will fish well for many.
Speaking of fly tying... when I arrived at the prairie home today there was a rooster perched in a tree out the back of the bunk house. I have no idea where the poor chap came from and felt rather sorry for him. He had took refuge in the tree, I figure, to escape the clutches of the area felines. At first, I try to coax him down, but he wouldn't budge. And, that's probably a good thing... I may have been tempted to borrow some of his feathers.
With the weather turning, for the most part, raw the rest of this week I do plan on spending a good amount of time on the vise. After yesterday's experience with those midge blasting trout, a good number of different midge patterns or in order. And then, there is a scheduled trip to the catch & release looming on the horizon and the need for some patterns for that area is also in order.