This afternoon found me wrapping up some work and settling down to a cozy fire and a little instruction in the art of tying flies - or as the kiddos call it Fly Tying. After finishing up a bunch of nymphs (More on that later) My daughter wanted to tie her own bugger and after a short demonstration she settled in and took feather and thread in hand.
Along with some instruction on the way, she began to create her own Woolly Bugger.
After a little trouble trying to get those little fingers to do what she wanted them to, do she began to get the hang of it and before I knew it she had a good first attempt on the vice.
I promised her that when we next visited the stream (or bass pond ;-) we would give her hairy bugger a chance to hook into some fishy gills. Her hopes were high and inevitably she brought up the last time she had a hand in making a fly. We called it the Grinch due to the season and the color she had chosen for the non-traditional Tenkara fly. It had done well - 5 fish in about as many casts - and she never has forgotten it. Hopefully this time with a fly tied by her hand, she will not be disappointed. As it is I am tempted to set it aside as a memento but I will probably wait till she gets a chance to fish it.
As for my attempts at tying, I took inspiration from Frank Sawyer and his Killer bug to create this little bug. It doesn't have any name and is NOT made from the legendary Chadwicks 477 wool yarn ($200 a pop !!! My word, that stuff better hook fish!) but I think it might do just fine. I added a little tuff near the head for effect. I thank my wife and her yarn box for the use of a few strands of her Acrylic/Polly blend.
And finally here is my take on the southern inch worm pattern The Green Weenie. Basically I added a green pearl bead. Nothing to imaginative but I made it my own and the next chance I get I will try it out.