|Silvia Releases a stunning rainbow.|
|Ron Enjoying his Parklands Experience|
|A typical Parklands rainbow|
|Parkland browns are fat and healthy|
|I watch as Jerry demonstrates-Photo Courtesy of Bob Vanderwater|
Here is what I noticed and learned from watching Jerry tie;
- Most of my balanced flies, leeches in particular, use 7/64” diameter tungsten beads. Jerry likes to use much larger beads up to 5/32” on some of his leeches. Tied on these sizes the leeches looked balanced and proportioned. Going forward I will make use of larger beads as they sink much quicker especially in windy conditions when circulation currents might slow down the sink rate of the fly.
- After years of tying chironomids my instinctive method of sliding the beads onto the pin was narrow end first. Jerry slides his beads onto the pin large end first when using tapered beads. The pin head disappears flush into the bead. This also requires less thread to lock the bead tight against the pin head as the narrow end of the bead is closer to the pin diameter.
- I am a fan of up eye jig hooks, especially the Mustad32833BLN in sizes #10 or #8. Jerry prefers to use standard shank down eye hooks feeling the wire is stronger and better suited to the rigors of battling large trout. His current favorite is a 4X heavy wire Mustad R90.
- Prior to discovering up eye jig hooks I used down eye hooks all the time. The challenge is remembering not to obscure the hook eye with the body materials so you can tie the fly on. Jerry adjusts how he forms the body to ensure the hook eye is clear. When using materials such as Crystal Chenille he pushes and compresses the material to keep the hook eye clear. Standard shank hooks are ideal for tying smaller balanced flies such as scuds as up eye jig hooks are tough to find smaller than size 10.
- Jerry uses leeches tied using the small secondary aftershaft or filoplume feathers on a pheasant rump feather. Once wet, these feathers spring to life providing a seductive action trout find hard to resist. For years I used aftershaft based patterns, primarily damsel and dragon nymphs along with leeches. Time to dust of those materials and get them into the game more often.
|Jerry's balanced flies|
The learning opportunity our cabin day provided proved to be one of the highlights of my trip. Proving once again, you never stop learning.
|Jerry and I enjoying time on the water-Photo Courtesy of Scott Fink|
|Join me in the Parklands in 2013|