THE RETIRED OLD GUY: Getting Goodies!

Praise the Lord from The Retired Old Guy.

Every child lights up with smiles and joy when they get a gift or something that is new to them. As the child in me gets ready to open the new package of fly-tying goodies I just received, there is a smile on my face. The excitement brought on by getting some new things to work with just makes my day special. I just can’t help it. Fly tying brings happiness into my life, so getting new things to work with is automatically a joyful event.

Today, I got several packages of sculpin wool to play with. Personally, I’ve never used this material before, but have seen it used on a YouTube video or two and liked what I had saw, so I wanted to give it a try. I know some of you probably have used the product before, but for me getting to try a new material on some flies is just real exciting. I will follow the videos I’ve seen on the use of it, but it’s just my nature to come up with uses that I haven’t seen yet. Some uses will work quite well, I’m sure, and some will fail miserably, but the intrigue and enthusiasm will over shadow all failures. I mean, you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.

1st fly with new material!

Making flies by following an exact pattern will usually create a fly that is highly successful, but the thrill of catching a fish on a fly that you have modified and made your own is extra special. I’m sure most of my ideas have already been tried and there probably isn’t many new ways to change the good old stand-by flies, but still every twist I give to one that works for me is special.

Used the sculpin olive, tan, and the finesse body chenille in tan brown thread.

Well it’s time for a little vise therapy now to begin playing with my new toys. The next few hours and days will be fun and hopefully rewarding as I create new morsels for my trout friends. I can’t wait to take some new creations to the river and get them wet. Man, this is fun!!

About tonymccall

I’m The Retired Old Guy. I'm very happily married to my soulmate. We have 4 great children, 16 grandchildren and 7 great grands. Follow me as I try to navigate the open road of life after retirement.
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