I watched - using the term loosely - some news coverage earlier and saw something I'd never seen before - a complete Wall Street panic, with the Dow dropping so rapidly that commentators speculated about a potential temporary stop in trading. It was dramatic - irrelevant to me, but I imagine pretty harrowing for the tycoons in the financial world. At one point the index was down by over 1000 points, and finished at -347 or so. It's mostly Greek to me, and as it turns out was mostly Greek to everyone. The Greeks are rioting in the streets at the idea of having to tighten their spending belts a bit in order to qualify for a loan from the EU and avoid bankruptcy, and the working folks didn't like the government's legislative response. It was fascinating to watch the ticker drop by the second.
Mostly though, I took stock of my rapidly declining fly boxes and decided to do some tying. I've made a commitment this season to fish only what I tie myself. That's almost as scary as watching the Dow drop 1000 points.
I worked on a bunch today. I re-stocked some BWOs and tied some more cream-colored pale duns. That will take care of the local waters, but my hope is to branch out and fish some streams in North Park (South Platte, Illinois, Michigan rivers), and return to the White River near Meeker. I'll have to get into tying Tricos and some different nymphs. Fortunately, YouTube has some great tutorials.
I'm happier with today's results - I think I'm getting the hang of some basic patterns, but the proof will be on the water.