I think fly fishing is about a rolling series of obsessions.
When I started, I very quickly got into throwing tiny dries on a #000 at the Swift. Then, it was about Euronymphing for wild Farmington browns. After that, I went through a wet-fly phase, and then I got into throwing big, articulated streamers. Thereafter, it was about finding waters farther away, ones with fewer fish but bigger ones. All along this personal journey, I went deep down the fly-tying rabbit hole, as I have a personal rule to fish only flies that I’ve tied.
Now, I’m getting more obsessed about Montana (we have family out there) as well as bodies. That’s right: fly-body materials.
I’ve been playing with goose biots, turkey biots, Delaware River Club spectrumized dubbing, stripped quills, and synthetic quill materials. I find some materials and colors can work at certain types of the year, but I’ve yet to find a “magic fly” or to find a consistent pattern.
But I do know that on some slow days, a “different” looking fly often gets a take.
I’m happy report that I got off the waitlist for Concord Outfitters‘ annual Montana trip (write-up here from last year’s). We’ll be fishing private water on ranches, and I’m looking forward to it. It’s giving me an incentive to tie up a bunch of PMD nymphs, emergers, and dries. I can’t wait to get back out there: wild fish, a big sky, and unbelievable sunsets!