TenkaraBum No Vise Challenge - Old Hand
by Phillip Dobson
Daiichi curved nymph hook, 12, I think
Embroidery thread, split and waxed prior to assembling the tying kit.
Dun hen hackle
A small kiridashi knife I made that I keep in my field emergency kit
I fished this fly a bit today. The spruce moths are all over, so a lot of the time I was fishing a white elk hair pattern. Then I broke my rod on a particularly ornery fish...
I ended up getting 4 trout to their photo ops on my hand-tied fly. I hooked and lost another two. The fly held up pretty well. Waxing the length of thread helped, compared to my previous attempts with embroidery thread. The fish seemed to respond about as well as to the caddis, it just wasn't as exciting to watch.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653
"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662
As age slows my pace, I will become more like the heron.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma