I made it up to the Fly Angler tonight for their first Open Tying night of the winter. Several of us showed up and we pulled up a chair and our sense of humor upstairs in the middle of the rod shop. We had a variety of flies being manufactured from Gotcha's, to soft hackles, to the Ultimate Meat Whistle Fly.
Some of us ordered delivery from Jimmy Johns, and they delivered speedy-quick! I did my part to support the night by purchasing some 8/0 red thread as mine kept breaking a little to easily and must have been a bad spool. Oh, and I bought a fly rod on my dad's behalf for this coming year. I had two choices for the price range he was looking at, and I of course, I got the more expensive of the two. But I won't tell him that and only charge him what he thought he wanted to spend. He is getting a 9' 4-piece 5-weight Ross Essence FS fly rod with a soft case and rod tube. I thought it was a fair deal, and added that to my spool of thread.
Later this week or next I will double check the extra 5wt fly line I have, and if it is good I will spool it on one of my former Orvis reels. I just need to remember he is a south paw and to have it spooled backwards for him. I think he will like the set up.
We tied from 6pm to 8pm and it was a great way to spend a winter night. Tying with buddies (and The Jen who showed up with her glamorous haircut, fresh coloring, and big curls), terrible karaoke to the radio, and talking about future fishing trips (real and fantasy) to come.