Waters have receded and streams are fishable in the Smokies, but it’s that time of year when I start tying the flies. When most tyers sit at the vise they’ll tie a few of their favorites, then go fishing or do something else. When I sit at the vise I don’t leave until I’ve tied at least a dozen.
It depends on the pattern, but I can tie between 9 flies an hour to 2 dozen in an hour. The Rubber Leg Tellico Nymph is one of my slowest since it has so many steps. Standard parachute patterns and beadheads are much faster. I usually crank out around 18 – 24 parachutes in an hour if there aren’t any interruptions and I’m firing on all cylinders. About the same for beadheads if the beads are already on the hook. That might tip you off to another clue. I spend time just putting beads on hooks.
I’m planning to hit the stream this afternoon while the weather is still nice. I’m probably just going to tie a dry fly on and do a little dry fly fishing and not worry about chasing big fish. Probably won’t even bother with a small olive, just tie on a #14 Parachute Adams because it’s one of my favorite flies.
Speaking of flies, care to comment on what your favorites are?