Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Flies On Blind Dates.

4:30 a.m. and my alarm crowed like the rooster down the road; although he, was still asleep. So Banjo stepped in and played his part, the man of the house, kissing me awake. I didn't work today. Why did you not remember to turn off the alarm, my headache scolded.

Anyhow, I was up....and my pragmatism bid me be useful. So I was. Well, I tried to be at least....
.....I tied.

Light lands differently in morning darkness than in evening. It opens. Possibilities. Sometimes overwhelmment -- for good or ill. The evening sighs with relief shrugging off the sun, but the morning's shoulders are burdened with his course.

And so I sat at my tying desk, a little nervous about the day. I was being sniffed. My shoulders felt the weight of possibilities....



....the weight of a fly on my line,
...and of a fish hooked to the end of it.

And soon I felt the weight of my flies on other lines.


Jay asked to see my fly box again. He gave one to Eve too. There is something very nerve-wracking about this, about other people using my flies. Like setting up a blind-date. Will this work out? Paying more attention to their rod tips than to my own -- I wondered about my flies, out on dates with strange leaders...will they work?

After only a few casts in, Eve answered with a grin. Yes... 



Oh yes, they work.....I am lucky.....this will work....and beneath a blanket of wool grey clouds and a spitting sky, it was the lightest afternoon I've had in a very, very long time...

27 comments:

  1. they look like siblings hehe! -e

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  2. The good thing now Erin is you can always say "they work for everyone else, it must be something you are doing wrong" should someone fail to catch while using one of your flies LOL :)

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  3. Another excellent blog Erin. I spent much of yesterday catching up on your past entries, quite a ride!

    Never doubt the effectiveness of your own flies, they always work. If they don't then its down to the users bad angling ;-)

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  4. Great post and writing Erin. "And soon I felt the weight of my flies on other lines" - very funny. I would say most fly tyers can relate to these inner thoughts. BTW, what is that fly you are currently tying - is it some sort of olive soft hackle, or spider as we would say here?

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  5. "...Light lands differently in the morning..." Interesting observation and nicely put.

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  6. Love the photo's! The smile on her face say's everything.

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  7. That's a little pig of a panfish. Nice flies EMB!

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  8. e2 - go figure, eh? hehe.

    Tom - Right?! Pull the "it's not you, it's me" except....in reverse. ;)

    Dave - I do hope you're enjoying the old ones! A bit different, eh...not so many fish. Thanks so much for reading back! And you've heartened me --- I will never doubt!

    Martin - Thanks! Yes, it is some variation of an olive soft hackle...although I just started tying and didn't really know what it was or would turn into at the time. ;)

    Herringbone - Thanks! And I very much enjoy hearing which lines grab you...thanks for pointing them out!

    a twig in water - It does, doesn't it. :) Thanks for reading and for the comment!

    JGR - This was a 'secret' pond...not over-fished...and everything was quite chubby! Thanks about the flies!

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  9. Very nicely written. I think I see a blossoming.

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  10. Yeah, I've always found fly swaps uncomfortable for similar reasons. Too many blind dates.

    I don't really want "your" flies. I like mine, a lot. And yours haven't learned how to fit in with mine. They're like awkward freshman at their first college party. They don't really fit in with the rest of the crowd and so they're off in a little group in the corner of the fly box.

    And, more so, I'm a bit uncomfortable about giving you, mine. I was with these guys right from birth. I've been nurturing them. I know how they fit in. I know how to take care of them. Will you do the same?

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  11. Steve - I'm glad I'm not the only one with this complex. "And yours haven't learned how to fit in with mine. They're like awkward freshman at their first college party." -- I loved your comment!!!

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  12. Cofisher - p.s....well, it is the season for such things, eh?

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  13. That spot looks like a great place to fish and just be. I like how you talked about the evening relief. I love to be outside and on the water at sunset. It feels like the day sighs and everything settles down.

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  14. Justin - Yes, yes it is. I'm glad you notice this about the evening too....it is a quiet end to the day, not a sharp "closed" sign and locked door, but rather like a slow and soft curtain. I love to be outside at this time too...

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  15. "I feel pretty, oh so pretty...

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  16. Cofisher - do you also feel 'charming, oh, so charming'....?

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  17. Silly, I wasn't talking about me...

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  18. It is strange how flies turn out beneath differing light qualities, early AM, midday, evening, night, rain, etc...

    Another win for your flies! That is stressful though, watching others throw your flies. Eesh!

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  19. I'm glad I'm not the only one whose snooze button is a dog licking their face...

    beautifully written as always, glad the flies did the trick!

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  20. Reminds me of how nervous it makes me to do these fly giveaway contests on the blog. Sure, I catch fish on my flies, but my flies are ugly, nothing like the ones you'll find in a shop. Doing the giveaways made me step it up and tie a little neater. No one has sent me pictures of fish they caught on them which makes me wonder.

    Good writing Erin, you have a way with it.

    JT/FR

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  21. JT - Thanks! And, if I ever win, I'll send you a pic!

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  22. Wow great post. I know exactly how you feel. I worry everytime I send an order out. I hope that my flies are perfect and will work as well for the customer as they work for me. Glad to see I am not the only one who worries. I also like to hear and see what people have caught on my flies. Makes me proud to see how well they work!

    Jeff
    J & M Flies

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  23. How do you make these connections... Fly swap with Blind Dates, Awesome!!!

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  24. Your blog is really coming alive, and I enjoy it very much. Thanks.

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  25. As long as those flies are catching fish, continue to let them in your fly box---nice looking streamers.

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  26. Jeff - Yes! When they work, there is nothing in the world like it. :) Providing the fly, which provided the fish (hopefully) which provided the great day!

    Kevin - I have no idea. Malfunctioning brain or something.....synapses connect in strange ways...thanks!

    Flyfishermanrichard - Many thanks!

    Bill - I'll keep on tying, and hopefully they'll keep on catching fish! Thanks!

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