I had wanted to originally post some early photos of some of the first flies I tied. Well, I can't find or don't have any of those first flies I tied. The earliest photos I can find are from the 2003 time frame and up. I first started tying with foam around 2004 and I have a few of those photos. I assume the lack of photos is due to the fact that I didn't own a digital camera until 2001 and that was only 1 mega pixel. Even if a fly was tied well, it still would look like crap. The others are from 2005 and later when I got a better camera with macro.
I like to look at the first foam flies I tied and how crude they were. I am sure they will catch some fish today, but just the looks of them make me laugh. There were also some bigger streamer patterns when I used to fish the Animas River in Durango, CO and the Rio Grande and Chama River in NM.
Well take a look and see my progression from some of those flies to today's flies. Maybe in 5-10 years, I can reflect on how I thought the Hopper Juan was such a cool pattern and how I don't even fish it anymore because of all my new patterns!
One of my first Bullethead Foam Hoppers
Trying to get the legs right. There was a lot that I needed to get right!
Some early hi-Viz EHC
This is probably a really good pattern. And it looks good too.
Foam bodied EHC
Some more of my first foam flies.
A lake pattern
I tied a mess of streamers back then.
Getting crazy with the rubber legs
Some caddis pattern I tied.
This looks like it has potential
Oh, those legs!!!!
Um, a little skanky looking.
I am not sure what this was supposed be, but I don't think I got it.
I fished a lot more lakes back them too. This one looks pretty good.