The name of this fly pretty much sums up my summer so far. With only a handful of days out so far because of really really high water and rain, I’ve been a bit fish deprived and well, grumpy. Clark Pierce ties up his popular Grumpy Frumpy attractor pattern in this video. It was shot on location at the 2009 Wasatch Fly Fishing and Tying Expo. The rain is sheeting down again today, and so I think I’ll have to head back to the vise to tie a few extra for my dry fly box. Be sure to watch to the end to see his technique for barring the leg color, and the sweet looking completed fly.
It’s been a while since I last strapped on a chicken sized fly in pursuit of a Snot Rocket. I’ve been following Simon Graham’s blog [http://pikeflyfishingarticles.blogspot.com] reading about the flies and techniques use the hunt them down. He’s just posted a step by step tutorial on how to tie up the oddly named Ballydoonah Bomber. The fly is designed by an Irish tyer, Alan Hanna and the end of the article includes some great video highlighting his flies and the movement that they exhibit in the water. Check it out.
Every morning I walk through a swarm of Crane flies or Daddy Long Legs on my way to the garden. I don’t see many people stocking their boxes with these flies in North America, but it seems to be quite a bit more popular in the European community. Here is another well spent 10 minute with Davie. Enjoy.