However, as any good sea faring chap should do, I used the down time for much needed fly fishing maintenance and part of that included tying up a small amount of two different patterns. After that initial try I continued to tie until I had a good dozen or so of each.
The two patterns that were on my mind in the warmth of the fly tying room was the Copper John and the Lightning Bug. Now, the Lightning Bug was a fairly easy tie for me, but the Copper John pattern gives me a little trouble. This is one pattern, for me, that if the proportions are not exactly right then the finished product looks a bit... off.
The under body taper on this pattern is particularly important as the length of the copper body and then there is the abdomen, which also has to be well proportioned. Out of a dozen or so finished Copper John's, I may have had five that I was absolutely delighted with. The others will have to do as scrubs I think.
My first mate Drift was intently at my side over a three or four day period while I leaned into the vise tying more and more flies. He is a dedicated friend for sure and I guess if he could have tied a few flies for me he would.
For sure I am not the most organized fly tier. I tend to cram a lot of different materials on my desk at once because my mind wanders from pattern to pattern. With everything that is needed to tie different patterns at my disposal I can quickly switch gears and dive into a new pattern with ease. No, I never become confused having to deal with 38 different materials in front of me.
For the most part I concentrated on the two patterns I mentioned. After finishing the lot of Copper John's, I tackled the Lightning Bugs. Actually, there would be two different variations of Lightning Bugs.
One variation calls for pheasant tail to be used as the legging material. The other calls for that fine product CDC. Which will fish better remains to be seen, but I leaning toward the one dressed with CDC. Sunday will prove to be a fine testing day for these creations.