Nature Notes: My flies are amazing

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Sweet flies, right? Yeah, that's right. These are a few of the specimens I've created during my new quest: tying sweet flies for fly fishing. Last year, you'll remember, my goal was to spot 100 species of bird in Ohio. I rocked out that one by September. It's flies now, son.

As you remember from my previous post, I'm somewhat addicted to fashioning these tiny crafts. As a novice, it's still slow going for me.

From left to right:

  • Olive woolly bugger: Starting out, buggers are the the first flies you should tie. They're relatively easy to create, and they require numerous basic skills you'll use for the rest of your life. This is a medium-sized green replica of a lure that kills in the Scioto River -- and pretty much everywhere else on Earth.
  • Ross Super Cricket: I've recently gotten into foam top-water flies, and this pattern is similar but simpler than many cricket imitations sold in many fly shops. I expect the over-sized legs should give the fly good action without making its body too big and wind-resistant.
  • Bumblebee Stalker: This is one version of the famous minnow pattern pioneered by Bob Clouser. It's meant to mimic a small baitfish trying to escape a predator. You can tie these in all different colors. They're dynamite.
  • Sunburst Streamer: This is a miniature version of a pike fly I saw in a tying book a while back. By tying a smaller fly, I figured I could attract big bass with what looks like small perch or sunfish. We'll see.

(Photos by Will Shilling)