Holden – From time to time (okay maybe most of the time) I have the good fortune of spending time with friends tying flies. Comes with the territory of owning a fly shop. I know, I know, it’s a tough job but somebody has to do it. I had one such opportunity a few days ago. Don “Cubby” McCubbin from Glenburn was at the Annika Rod and Fly Learning Center, AKA the Dry Fly Clubhouse, teaching a group of eager students the fine art of spinning deer hair. We tied a really cool looking moth and a mouse, complete with a chamois tail. I must admit that when granddaughter Natty saw the mouse, out came the wire cutters and off came the bend, barb and point of the hook. It is now one of her toys.
Cubby has developed a technique for spinning deerhair that is very unique and works quite well. It is one of those things that you have to see to believe. Can’t be explained, guess that is why Cubby commands such an expensive hourly rate for teaching it! haha You need to see it a couple of times before it clicks in but once you have it, voila!
Cubby spends his working hours asking “what can brown do for you” (translation, “scouting out fishing holes”), off hours he spends his share of time behind the vise or in the outdoors.
Recently Cubby has made a name for himself starring in fly tying videos for Kevin McKay at Maineflyfish.com. His videos have gone viral on YouTube.com. I am not really sure what that means but it sounds pretty cool. I am sure an internet geek somewhere has a magic number of viewings and when that number is exceeded, it is considered VIRAL. I would say that number for fly tying videos is somewhere between 15 and 20 viewings. Two of his latest, the Barnes Special and the Canadian Hopper are very well done and definitely a must see for tyers of all levels. Hats off to Kevin and the Cub-ster on a job well done.
I am very happy that I had the opportunity to spend time tying with Cubby at the vise, if you get the chance do it, you won’t be sorry!