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The Winter Process

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My fishing ended over a month ago now, and I am finally getting into my winter tying. I got me wondering, what's your off season process?

 

I know what I should do. I should pull out all my boxes, take inventory, make a tying list and tie the flies I need to fill in. That would be the smart way to do it redface.gif . But instead I just tie. I tend not to even open my fly boxes until an hour before that first trip of spring. And all the flies I tied over the winter get lumped into one box. If at some point during the early season I have some down time I might actually sort out my flies and get them organized.....sometimes that doesn't happen at all redface.gif.

 

I sometimes make false promises to myself, resolutions of sorts; THIS will be the year that I have an organized tackle bag. I get inspired by pictures of others' fly boxes with neatly arranged flies organized by pattern, size and color. I think THAT could be me cwm40.gif !!

 

But it never seems to work out that way.

 

How do you do it in the off season????

 

Alan

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i tie what i typically use during the season, clousers, creases, gurglers, flatwings ect... and then realize i have 100 of clousers, decievers, creases, gurglers & flatwings left over from last year... however there is something about going to the water with a box of new flies as opposed to last years that gives a unique confidence and satisfaction. besides every year you become a better tyer

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My winter process...

I organize and store my NE flies in winter according to the species they mimic. Each in their own storage...thing. A quick review of the contents tells me where I am lacking and what needs to be added.

 

They are usually augmented by old "go-to's" and "new and exciting" patterns. When I think I have to many of a particular pattern, I end up giving older ones to friends. What number is too many? Beats me.

 

And so it goes that I am continually tying to better myself and my learn new tricks. When I no longer get excited about tying old patterns I look towards other tying arenas for inspiration. Currently that arena is found in Salmon & Steelhead fly patterns. Learning new patterns teaches new tying methods and allows me to improve upon the old, incorporating newly learned skills to tweek a fly in a manner that makes it seem fresh and new. For me, when it is no longer fun, that's when I stop.

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I don't think I could handle doing all my tying in the winter months. I like the ritual of preparing for the following day the night before, or during snook season preparing that afternoon for a night on the water.

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View PostI don't think I could handle doing all my tying in the winter months. I like the ritual of preparing for the following day the night before, or during snook season preparing that afternoon for a night on the water.

 

 

But do you really have an "off" season like we do up here?

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Since this is really my first off-season this may be different from others, but I'm actually re-tying most of my flies. This is partly due to the success of some, and issues I had with others - mainly those issues involved casting, tracking, floating, etc and not actual catching ability. In both cases I have room for improvement, and I've gotten better at tying since this time last year.

 

I'm also not tying up alot of repetitive flies. I might do 4-5 of a single type, but they vary in size and I'm moving on. I'm also sticking with a fairly small selection of colors.

 

Some I may only do 2 of in order to try them out first and evaluate how well I did. Replacing 1 or 2 flies is less frustrating to me than tying up 5 that I never use, and all of this should make it easier to select a healthy variety of flies when I'm filling up my flybox.

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i usually tie about 6-12 flys at a sitting usually start with some clousers or decivers untill i get board and then a few flat wing/ poppers something a little more "fun" that i dont tend to fish as much

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View PostBut do you really have an "off" season like we do up here?

 

 

 

We had four category three hurricaines make landfall in my county within 2 weeks of each other a couple years back, I think that's about as close as we've ever come to an "off season". I wasn't making fun of your weather, I just can't imagine tying flies that won't see water for 2-3 months. Maybe I just need a few more years under my belt, but I have my hands full keeping up with conditions on our waters from day to day.

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i tye when i am inspired; no matter when; usu when i am preparing to fish , i am excited about that so i wont tye then; sometimes when fishing, i see the the fly could be improved so i generally tye an improved version upon returning while the spirit still moves me and the idea is fresh. i really dont have a tying season. 40.gif

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A little of both I guess...I know what I need to tie to replace all the stuff I lost last season, but I also impulsively buy needless tying materials and just mess around here and there tying stuff I'll probably never use. Then I panic in April and realize I need to tie all the stuff I'm missing, so I spend my late winter tying wooly buggers, clousers, poppers, and the like.

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i'm doing what I did last year - not tying until late March and early April.

 

For now i'm reading, thinking about how i fished last year and where, where I want to fish this year then making lists of flies, materials and tackle i want.

 

I'm also looking at msn and google map, googling parking lots, searching various forums posts etc, emailing or PMing forum members and looking at tide charts.

 

then when I start tying in March i'll have a list of flies, lines, spots, times and tides that I want to fish.

 

I'll tye the last few flies in late April which will be epoxy ones (candies, pamets etc ) then i'll be ready to go with 4 boxes - day, surf, flats, night.

 

90% of my fish will be caught on one of five patterns and i'll refill those as I go during the season, and i'll refine existing patterns and steal new ones cwm27.gif

 

cheers

 

GB

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