The authors say:
“This John Barr pattern is enormously popular –and with good reason. It catches fish. This is not a difficult pattern to tie, but pay attention to proportions”. The author should write to persons like me: “…but pay attention to proportions” + pay attention to having the right materials J
Ok, now I have the right materials, I hope my result is good enough to catch fish, because I really like this particular one despite that some of the materials at the book’s recipe doesn’t work for me. The first recommendation of the author to the tail is Brown Goose biot, I have seen that the goose biots are thin and not strong at all, so when you’re tying it to the hook, it doesn’t look good for me, besides they are translucent. Yes, 1. Maybe they work really well for different patterns or 2. I don’t know how to work with it.
In my first fly I use the goose biots with the results that I didn’t like. With the black thin skin, the author say : “Cut strip of Thin Skin one hook-gap wide”. First, the hook-gap is the space between the long part of the hook and the arrow of the hook, is gap formed by the bend. Second, for my fly, I think this is too big, so I cut it not too wide. Instead, I use my rule to cut it 4mm wide. How I decided? Working with my eyes and put it beside the hook to see the proportions. Sometime the technical info doesn’t work; sometimes you want to trust your own judgment. My first result, I Think looks great. To make the wing case, bright and hard, I use 5-minute epoxy.
But…I have missing something…the legs, I did not put the legs, I have seen that when you’re tying flies, you need to be concentrate and pay attention to the details and why not, checking that you have everything on it, at this case I wasn’t concentrate, I didn’t put attention to the details and I didn’t check my recipe..You want to do it. I think is not that critical to not have the legs, the fish won’t notice the difference (I hope so). I have known that trout has really good vision, that they can see you far away and that’s why when you are fishing, you need to be approaching the water just quiet….and slowwwly….BUT I’m not sure if the fish is going to say: Ohhh is a nymph on the water! I’m going for it!! Wait wait wait it doesn’t has legs…is a trap!
Anyway, I tied another one. At this time I use turkey biots, these are really different, are stronger and wider than goose biots, I like these the most. I use the same 4mm Thin Skin and Partridge hackle barbs. The barbs are not too long, so is a little bit tricky to put it in the hook, I took like 10 barbs and I end up with 4-5, these are tiny. The author does not say that it must be weighted, however the bead head and the wire is enough to make sink. The wing case, I think is what stands out the most. The flashabou look really good and inside the water should a killer. Also I make a body with the black thread; I want it to look like a body so I wrap enough thread giving the appearance of a body.
Every time, the patterns star to be more and more challenging, that’s nice. This book really has good patterns, many of them you can find it at the internet, but the step by step on the book is outstanding and for someone like me that have no idea about fly tying is the best. The book + the advice of my Good Friend Randy is the best Christmas’ gift.
I have an important lesson today: you have to have the right materials, that’s it.
Please, don’t forget to follow your heart, keep going! Follow your passion, share your passion.