Twenty fly tyers kicked off the new year by applying a neat idea to tying balanced flies. Jerry McBride from the Inland Empire Fly Tyers was the first to introduce the concept of fishing flies under an indicator with a horizontal attitude instead of the conventional vertical position. I have become a big fan of this concept as have many others. Many tyers have used jig hooks to tie these flies. Unfortunately there are times where you need a stout hook to steer a fish away from the tules or bushes. This is when the jig hooks can fail. Bob Morenski from North Dakota started to experiment with using conventional streamer hooks along with TyGer leader material to make a balanced fly. Take a look at this article Bob wrote about his research. The result is a stronger duo purpose hook. You can fish the fly in a conventional way or in a balanced fashion. The concept looks excellent and we have Bob Morenski to thank for this new idea. Tie some up with your favorite patterns and give them the ultimate test.
We have 15 signed up for the Phil Rowley Workshop on March 9th. We still have room for at least 10 more students.
Next week, we are going to be using Pine Squirrel Zonker strips to make several excellent flies. See you then!
The Balanced Loop is made from TyGer wire leader material.
Balanced Las Vegas Leech
Hook: Mustad 9672 size 8
Balanced Loop: 50 pound Power Pro
Tail: Black Marabou
Body: Crystal chenille
Balanced Vampire Leech (Todd Oishi originator)
"Just like this!"
Balanced Flashback Pheasant Tail
Balanced Root Beer Pumpkinhead (John Kent originator)
...and then he said, ...
Alex concentrating on his fly construction!