HOT STUFF. The November whipsaw continues to stay on the upswing as we enter the final day of the ND firearms deer season. Clouds clear out by late in the day and temps touch 50 once again. This warm-up makes for comfortable time on stand or on a walk, but isn’t that traditional November chill, so make the most of it. When things cool off, be ready with some fresh fly tying tools to get all your flies, jigs and other lure creations wrapped up this winter, our topic for today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Having the right fly tying tools – scissors, bobbin, whip finisher and others – makes short work of even the most complicated patterns, or largest allotment of jigs and other offerings. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 11/26 – Calm and comfortable. Hi 54, Lo 29, Winds L&V.
Tomorrow: Mon 11/27 – Afternoon gusts. Hi 62, Lo 35, Winds NW@20, G30.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:02AM Sunset: 4:58PM
Moonrise: 1:41PM Moonset Fol. Day
Overhead: 7:03PM Underfoot: 6:40AM
Moon Phase: First Quarter at 11:03AM
EDGE HOUR: 1:15 – 2:15PM. Start your final firearms deer hunt early this afternoon to capitalize on moonrise and light winds in today’s Edge Hour. Warm temps will keep things comfortable on stand.
CUT IT OUT. A sharp pair of fine point scissors is key to trimming materials and cutting thread close to the fly when necessary. Getting up under hair, or nicking off a few stray hackles are signs of a good scissors, and they come in many varieties, from the very basic to more complex micro-tip offerings.
BOBBIN’S YOUR UNCLE. Think of the bobbin as the brush which applies the paint to the canvas in fly tying. Having a reliable bobbin with adjustable tension helps secure materials to the hook shank with thread, and prevents thread from breaking by allowing just enough to spin off the spool. From relatively inexpensive to top-end, good bobbins can be found in all price ranges.
WHIPPED. Finishing up a fly requires a bit of practice, and having a smooth-functioning whip finisher tool is important. A pivoting top end of the tool that turns easily in the handle will help hitch a fly or jig and hold everything securely in place at the final tie-in point. With the right tool in hand, you’ll find the tricky process quickly becomes second nature.