Awesome snowfall yesterday - maybe 6 inches in town - wet, heavy stuff that makes for a good skiing base and does wonders for the snowpack and ultimately our future river conditions. With the snow and cold it seems time now to get crankin on the vise to replace the casualties from the past season and to rebuild and, possibly, reinvent the arsenal for 2013.
Too many, the concept of tying 700 dozen flies would define insanity. And while it may lead to it, I find it therapuetic in many ways. Creating things that catch fish is cool in my opinion but aside from that, I enjoy the time, while tying, that I have to plan future strategy and, once in a while, think back on great moments of the past season. The brown in the photo, caught by Mark Engstrom, defines one of those spectacular events.