It's been such rubbish weather this weekend, I decided to stay at home, catch up on some work and tie some flies for an up coming trip to chase sea runs in the Canterbury rivers. In fly tying you always need something new to play with and for me this weekend I had the C&F epoxy fly drier.
To chase these big sea runs I've tied a stack of big bearded zonkers. They are basically a rabbit fly with a fox fur beard. I've tied these in a bunch of bright colours as attractor flies, some natural colours with silver flash to imitate the silveries that the sea runs feed on and then also a few black versions for change of light and after dark. I'm hoping for big fish so all of the flies are either tied on Partidge size 1 salmon hooks or Size 2 Black Magic B series fly hooks. I added some lead to the bodies to help get them down, I know they are going to be super heavy once wet but I'm going to fish them on a double hander so I should be able to handle them.
To finish the flies off and give them an added realism I stack on prismatic eyes, epoxied teh heads and then dried them on the epoxy fly drier. The idea of the fly drier is that it rotates the fly so the epoxy doesn't run to one side and create a buble or a drip on one side. Instead you get a nice and round epoxy head.
I find fly tying a critical part of my preparation steps to a big trip. I know I can't buy flies like this commercially so it's worth taking the time to tie up exactly what I want. I normally try and imagine what I'm likely to come up against during the trip and then make sure I have all of the right flies to meet those challenges. Anyway it beats working.