5 ways to get rid of tyer's block
|Yes. That is a dime, and tying like this is NOT healthy|
It's the tail end of winter, and midges are a must in my box if I want to be able to catch dry fly eaters this weekend. I really like to create new stuff at the vise, but all of my creative juices are being used up at the moment with big bulky streamers like articulated complex twist buggers and shiny dangly sliders. Midges were causing me to get something that we all dread - tyer's block. Instead of packing it in and watching Storage Wars for the evening, I decided to spin up some #30 bunny midges while I tried to force myself to be more creative. The result? Nothing groundbreaking on the midge front, but now I have a dozen tried and true midge patterns to fish with! (and they all fit on a dime.)
Have you ever had a time where you sit down in front of the vise and you lose all motivation or inspiration to tie flies? I have at times had to deal with sitting at my tying desk and staring at the clutter that has overtaken my work space. Sometimes I throw a hook in the vise and hope inspiration will hit me betwixt the eyes, but more times than not, it doesn't happen this way and the fly that gets tied is an uninspired piece of junk that gets hucked into a corner of the desk that is the graveyard for junker flies. See, for me... I HAVE TO TIE. It's kind of like breathing - so I came up with 5 ways to get that motivation back to turn up the tunes and crank out the flies.
1- Revisit past effective patterns - I like to think back over the last year and think of all of the
|Premo Grumpy Frumpy|
3- Organize your work space - This perhaps doesn't apply to you OCD types who know how many
|That is a MESS|
4- Tie for an upcoming trip - Whether it's a trip coming up on the weekend or a trip in a few months, it's always a good idea to visualize the fish you are going to catch, and the bugs that are going to do the job for you. It can be hard to tie bass poppers in January, but if you get pumped for that trip coming up in July it becomes a lot more appealing. It's March, and I'm throwing down a foam bug here and there to get ready for the summer.
These tips have helped me many a time, and they have turned a day of sitting and staring at my vise into a productive day of tying flies.