Armed with lots of rabbit fur, some deer hair, a book on tying deer hair bugs and the Warm Water Journal open in the background, I told the wife to get out the vacuum cleaner and keep the first aid kit ready.
|Come prepared is my motto|
It did not start of well. The first few clumps of deer hair ended up on the floor and I was getting worried. Once the first clump was successfully tied on however, things started to look a little brighter, and I was starting to spin hair like a pro. (Well, not quite)
Tying on the fins proved to be a challenge, but soon even they were ready to flap in the water just like the real thing. Once all the material was on, my wife started to rev the motor on the vacuum cleaner and I was ready to start trimming my creation so that it actually resembles something else than a ball of fur. Now from previous experiences with deer hair, I know that I tend to trim too much. After the first few times tying Bass bugs, I realized that you should probably keep some of those materials that you have spun onto the hook, well . . . on the hook.
After the first few snips, I also learned another valuable lesson. Switch of the air conditioner that is blowing hurricane strength cold wind on you. Those finely clipped hair does look pretty fluttering in the wind though.
|Quote from wife "Just look at that pretty face"|
At the end it didn't turn out all that bad (that is my opinion and I'm sticking to it). The vacuum cleaner had a serious workout and luckily the first aid kit stayed closed. Those who know me will be aware that my flies always end up with some red "gill marks"when I start playing around with razor blades.