We tie on Monday nights at the Beer Grotto in Dexter. It's a way to pass the winter.
Might as well be called the bear grotto.
Wednesday night in the spring will see "casting night" at some local retention ponds. It isn't the fine facilities of the San Francisco Casting Club but then it's Dexter, Michigan. Snake roll, single spey, the parachute, the steeple. It's a way to get some folks out with rods in their hands and maybe practice some skills that matter in the sorts of places we fish around here.
The all-purpose early-season twin-hackled Jingler.
This Jingler has a sliver of closed-cell foam lashed to its back then wrapped with pheasant tail. Should float all day in dry-dropper rigs.
I tied these Monday night on size 13 and size 15 barbless hooks. This early season version is drab though the rust soft-hackle does a nice job. I'll dub olive and light olive bodied versions here shortly as well as a coachman style afterbody.
We'll see. I tied too few of these last year. I'll tie five dozen this winter.
Even Beargirl thought these were pretty good. At camp, they'll be a huge hit. It's a ham sandwich breakfast style. Goes great with coffee.
Fifty here on Thursday. We'll see if any of the ice on the Huron breaks. My bet is it won't.