It’s almost time to get into Winter fly tying mode.
As Winter approaches, and I start gathering new materials, I’m reminded of why I got into fly tying back several years ago.
It really started to help pass some time. Getting out on the water is rare in the Winter, and fly tying helped when I couldn’t actually get out there and fish. But fly tying quickly evolved into more than just a time killer. It became a creative outlet for me. It became a quest to learn from others that had put the time in at the vise.
It was about replicating the bugs I saw on my local waters. I knew what the trout liked, I just needed to recreate it from feathers and fur. Fly tying was never about saving money. I don’t believe you save money tying your own flies. You might save your sanity, but money is a debatable subject.
And as I got deeper into fly tying, I realized that I enjoyed it so much that I would probably keep doing it even if I didn’t really fish anymore.
Many people say fly tying is therapeutic, and I would totally agree with that. It’s nice to sit down at the vise and have a couple of beers while cranking out some flies. It’s a great way to unwind; and it’s a great way find some peace and quiet if done properly.
Filling boxes in preparation for the Spring is always a good way to pass some time. So as I get into Winter mode, I’m hoping this Winter brings some new patterns, some better techniques, and most importantly, some much needed therapy from the daily grind.
We could all use that, I think, and fly tying is a pretty stellar way to find it.