Thursday, February 9, 2017

Fly tying for the not faint of heart

I've been a little inattentive to the blog this week and I apologize for that. I've been waiting for some important information regarding my last post that kept me distracted. I finally found that tying some flies kept my mind occupied while I wait.

I've always admired a good fly tier who can dream up flies that actually work, so I shifted my imagination into high gear and started tying. I've come up with a fly that I think is a winner.  I call it the Navel Aviator.

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I'm not quite ready to make a tying video, so I thought that I would first off give a little background on the most important material. You won't find it at your local fly shop.

It goes by many names, navel lint, belly fuzz to name a few. But don't cringe or laugh, the stuff makes wonderful dubbing and it's free! I've been collecting navel lint for some time.  It's just one of those quirky hobbies that I have. After several years, I've found that depending on a lot of different factors, navel lint comes in many different colors that can be separated out or mixed as you choose.

Obviously we all have our own belly fuzz manufacturing companies, but the interesting aspect is getting it from friends and acquaintances. You'd be surprised at the difference in color and texture. As a general rule of thumb, male belly fuzz comes with guard hairs while women's usually don't, so you may want to make friends with someone like the lady on the right.

Okay, in all honesty, to hell with fly tying. The fun part is harvesting belly fuzz from the ladies. Let me know how it goes.  Oh and if you actually do tie a fly using belly fuzz, let's see it!

Anyway, something new I wanted to let folks know.  There is now a Vintage Granger/Wright & Mcgill fan page on Facebook here. If you have any interest in old Granger/Wright & McGill bamboo or fiberglass, this page might be of interest to you. I'd like to also mention that if you use Facebook check out Windknots & Tangled Lines there as well.


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