The premise of my website is “classic” wet and dry flies, of course, but I also tie and fish with a lot nymphs. These flies more or less represent insects in their larva stage. And since my Woven Polish Nymph won an award at the 2021 MTFA Fly Tying Contest, I have decided to make my nymph fly tying cards (a) viewable at the bottom of my Fly Tying Cards webpage and (b) available in printed form for a small fee under the Fly Tying Cards product in my online store.
This set of fly tying cards includes the following:
Woven Polish Nymph
Tungsten Diving Caddis
Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear
Mohawk Hotspot Pheasant Tail
Sexy Walt’s Worm
McKenna’s Sexy Walt’s Worm
McKenna’s Rumble Bug
The award-winning Woven Polish Nymph has been a great fly for me. It’s a caddisfly larva imitation and the colors can be varied as much as there is embroidery floss – hundreds of colors and shades. A skein of cotton floss is under a buck and will make a great many flies. I do like polyester floss for the underside because it comes in brighter colors that don’t fade when wet. It is a little more expensive though. The weaving is what gives the fly the realistic texture and the link on the Fly Tying Card shows you how it’s done.
The other nymph patterns have been great for me as well, all of them, but the Mohawk Pheasant Tail, the Tungsten Survey, and the McKenna’s Sexy Walt’s Worm seem to work everywhere I go.
A few weeks ago I submitted 5 pairs of my tied flies to the 2021 Missouri Trout Fisherman’s Association’s Fly Tying Contest. The results have now been published and, lo and behold, I won 3 divisions – Nymph, Dry Fly, and Wet Fly! My winning entries were a Woven Polish Nymph, a Western Green Drake, and a Fontinalis Fin.
Been away so long I hardly knew the place Gee it’s good to be back home Leave it ’til tomorrow to unpack my case Honey disconnect the phone
… from verse two of “Back In The U.S.S.R.” by The Beatles
Yes, I’ve been away so long but it’s definitely good to be back home.
During my time away I made some improvements and changes to my website and my business. The website improvements are subtle but they are definitely worth it. I have a great new logo at the top of each page and a really cool new emblem that will show up on your browser tab and in your bookmarks if you link to one of my pages. Check them out …
The big change is that I’ve moved back to a northern state and changed day-jobs. And yes, it’s good to be back home and living where I did when I was young. Check out my Contact page for the exciting new location for Classic Fly Tying.
This fly collection contains 8 trout flies tied as they appear in Frederic M. Halford’s 1886 book “Floating Flies and How To Dress Them”. You can read more about Frederic Halford and his book on our Dry Flies page.