You'll recall that when I started this project, one of my objectives was to broaden my horizons - both on the water and at the vise - and start building an inventory beyond my typical go-to flies (BWOs, Caddis, PMDs, PTs, and Princes). This broadening will cover both ends of the size spectrum, from small midges to large streamers and maybe even a hopper or two. I've not yet made any serious efforts on any of the above.
To start, I'll be tackling some midges for a few days. Yesterday, I tied a simple Brassie. Today's fly, a variation (as always) of Charlie Craven's Poison Tung, was literally a physical challenge for me. I used a size 22 hook, which is small for my big, clumsy fingers. I had difficulty getting the midge tubing connected to the bend in the hook, and had even more difficulty getting the maddeningly small bead head onto the hook.
It's far from a perfect replica, I'm sure. You'll have to forgive the constant "variations." It's largely a function of me trying to make do with the materials that I have on hand rather than making constant trips to the fly shop for new materials I can't really afford at present.
My first attempt at the Poison Tung:
Hook: Size 22
Head: Small tungsten bead
Thorax: Hair's Ear dubbing
Body: Black midge tubing
Thread: Charcoal micro