Clark W. Griswold would be proud of me. It's rapidly turning into a Christmas made for National Lampoon. I managed to scatter lights across the front of the house and throughout the branches of the crabapple trees in the front yard with nary a single bulb left un-illuminated. The little lights aren't twinkling, but they're lit. Packages have been purchased, wrapped, and placed under the tree for two parents, two siblings, two siblings-in-law, two grandparents, and three nephews. I think everything's ready to go.
I'll take a moment to be honest.
At this particular moment, I don't care if I see thread, foam, bobbins, hackle, beads, or a whip-finish tool for a considerable period of time. Just five short hours before the whole famn damily descends upon Flywriter HQ for our annual Christmas bacchanalia, I've finally set aside the scissors and and vise as I survey the damage in the area around my tying table. The chaos is remarkable, even for someone with my penchant for disorganization. The clean-up will be a buzz-kill that I'll just have to postpone until the joy and revelry of an old-fashioned family Christmas fades into history.
For Doc's holiday fly-box this year, I went heavy on the hopper. I didn't fish nearly enough over the summer or fall, but during those days of bliss I did spend on the water, I developed a fascination with the hopper. It became my bug of choice after an action packed afternoon on the lower Poudre in early September. Over the last year I've supplied Doc with enough BWOs, PMDs, and caddis flies to last him well into next season, but our flyboxes have always been a little short on anything bigger than a size 16 stonefly. No more! Thanks to my end-of-year tying frenzy, he'll now have plenty of big bugs to pitch during those summer afternoons when the trout love to inhale them. I'll have to concede that they look a bit rough around the edges, but I'm getting better.
Needless to say, I'm a bit tired of foam, rubber legs, and super-glue.
As the year rapidly draws to a close, I hope you all have a most joyful Christmas with your loved ones. May the Almighty grant you every blessing. Here's hoping that visions of hopper-consuming trout dance in your heads tonight.
Joy to the world...