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Fly tying has become an integral part of my preparation. Learning what works from others is not only an educational process, but a great way to share our experiences with fellow anglers. Fly swaps become the channel to both learning and making new, like-minded, friends from which we share our love of the sport.
I've participated in fly swaps remotely, two via connections made on Instagram and a one from a now quiet fly fishing board, and through these remote swaps have met some great people, learned new ties and landed fish with their great flies.
Last November, I saw some local water posted on Instagram and connected with @shakeyfly (Ryan). Ryan invited me to join a New England Fly Fishing board that he started last year. I've joined dozens of fly fishing boards over the last 5 years, and actively participated in a couple, but my interests in these other boards waned as the social platforms became more active in the global fly fishing community.
|Home Brew Swap Beer|
The swap was for streamer patterns, fresh or salt, and I picked a couple to tie that I've had success on our local trout streams and bass ponds. Our swap host not only was a great tier, but blessed us with incredible home brewed beer & some excellent pork chili. Others brought food too and as we all got to know one another, the swapping of flies itself became secondary. It really was about sharing our local fishing experiences, gear discussion, favorite spots and starting new friendships. While I drove only 5 minutes to the host's house, some came from western Connecticut, over 2 hours away, to meet others and share in the fun.
Here are all the flies from the swap along with a few extras thrown in by some. Many of the names I made up or may have mixed up. I'll update with any corrections sent to me through the board.
|Bluegill "Tiger Slayer"|
|Bonus Fly - Simulator|
|Millers River Special|
|Black Ghost Variant|
|Brown Ghost Variant|
|Articulated Baitfish Beauty|
|Big Eyed Minnow|
|Bonus Crab Fly|
Needless to say, all these flies are excellent. Looking forward to getting them wet and hope to do so with some of the guys who tied them.
Many thanks to Ryan for organizing and our host for sharing his home, food and excellent beer.