I tied up a bunch of bass flies for my dad and step-mom - although, he just married her and I'm not sure if I should call her that yet. He bought her a pink fly rod and they go pond hoping. He bought me an overflow tying organizer (gear review to come) and sent me some hooks and tying materials for Christmas. So, I tied up some pond flies for he and his lady friend.
As you can see, I like to make them in sort of an older style flair. Dad likes to fly fish for trout and only hits ponds for bass and I was hoping to send him some smallmouth flies. He got one or two of my Shuckers and some "Smallmouth Charleys".
Over the past few years, I've lost some accesses on a few streams and have been hitting the same spots over and over . . . and even in finding a new stream access, I wore myself out on that location. I did hit some lakes and didn't do too bad. So, in tying up Dad some bass flies for Bucketmouths, I decided to fill up a box or two for myself.
I also bought a new rod (gear review coming soon!) for smallmouth and panfish - and possibly not so heavy largemouth flies. I have been looking at buying some nymphs from Allen's or Cabela's. I hate tying small flies. I used idolize the panfish and almost spend all of my year tying and fishing for them. And, in managing Panfish on the Fly, I really need to represent. Besides, I've got to show up Bill, right? :)