When the water is too high to swing flies, which is not that often, or has too little visibility, which is more often the case, or a combination of both then it's time to sit at the vice and get some work done.
Currently I'm tying up a bunch on Lion's Mane streamers. This is a pattern I started tying last spring. I hesitate to call anything I tie an "original" pattern since virtually all fly patterns are slight variations on an established theme. So, I'll say it's original to me and leave it at that. And given the fact I don't really consider myself a "tyer" that's not saying much...
Really nothing special; rabbit, flashabou, ice dub and plastic bead chain eyes. This fall I've been working on various color combinations and which colors fish best under what conditions. I CAN say that all of them have caught fish as both myself and clients have had plenty of opportunity to swing flies for steelhead this fall and winter. In fact, if you look close at some of the pics I post you'll see them stuck in the corner of a fish's mouth.
Anyway, Greg has convinced me that some of you may be interested in purchasing the Lion's Mane streamer (and I have had a handful of clients already ask) so sometime in the next couple of months they will be available for purchase. NOTE: A complete selection of colors will be available soon, these pics show just of a few of the colors I tie and fish.
For now, if your interested in purchasing them contact Greg Senyo at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the future they will be available directly from the Steelhead Alley Outfitters website.
Also, if you are interested in learning how to tie the Lion's Mane streamer shoot Greg an email and let him know. If there's enough interest, I'll put together a post for the Steelhead Alley Outfitters fly tying blog site.
The fly tying blog site has excellent step-by-step fly tying instructions. Check it out at http://www.steelheadalleyflytying.blogspot.com/
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