The Tools for Fly Tying

Brady's fly tying bench

Brady’s fly tying bench.

Flies are expensive, easy to loose, and very brittle. Anyone who has spent any time fly fishing has come to this realization. We spend a lot of money on flies only to lose them on the bottom of the river or in the tree 15’ overhead. If we are lucky, they start to fall apart after having caught numerous fish. The natural next step once discovering this issue is to begin tying your own flies Continue reading

Learn the Fundamentals of Fly Tying

A while back, we had a vision to create videos that would teach people how to tie flies using things that we ourselves learned when we started and things we continue to learn as we keep tying. So, we came up with a series of short, bite-sized training videos that teach fly tying fundamentals! We are proud to announce that these videos have now been released and are ready to watch! We hope they equip you with the knowledge you need to start tying and creating your own flies!

Here are all the videos, just in time for #flytyingmarch! – 

Essential Fly Tying Tools
This video gives you an overview of each fly tying tool and the importance it has in the overall goal of tying your flies.

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Pueblo Emerger Fly – Video Fly Tying Instructions

Happy Fly Tying Friday! Learn how to tie the Pueblo Emerger fly! It’s small, but the fish oh so love it!

The Pueblo Emerger is a Blue Winged Olive Mayfly Emerger pattern developed for the Arkansas River Tailwater in Pueblo, Colorado. It’s a basic and life like Blue Winged Olive imitation and has no flash or bead.  This was done on purpose. The Pueblo Emerger is best tied without these additions, at least for the area in which it was developed for. It can also be tied with an olive or brown body, although the orange body is my favorite!

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Detailed Look at Our AvidMax Apparel

For a long time, we have wanted to create some functional performance apparel that people could wear while enjoying their favorite activities. Finally, after a ton of planning, research, and meetings, AvidMax is proud to launch our 1st edition AvidMax Apparel!

We partnered with Ouray Sportswear (pronounced “Ooo-ray”), a local company based out of Denver, to create our very first apparel line, and we are so glad we did! Ouray has been making clothing since 1965, and we have found their quality and comfort level to be excellent. We are proud to pass that experience and quality to you.

We brought in a selection of different pieces: men’s shirts, women’s shirts, performance long sleeve shirts, hats, and a super comfy hoody to complete the collection!

Read on to learn more about our new apparel line!

Also, through Feb. 28th save 20% off* all AvidMax apparel! Use coupon code: AVID20 Continue reading

Griffin Montana Mongoose Product Review Winner!

Congrats to Tommy Han! He was our winner during the week of Jan 31-Feb 6th, 2017. He won $25 in AvidMax.com rewards for this product review.

Item Purchased: Griffin Montana Mongoose Cam Vise

Rating: “It’s a Keeper!” 5 out of 5 stars!

Griffin Montana Mongoose Fly Tying Vise Review

Review: “I’ve been tying for a month now and knew right away that I wanted to invest in a durable vise that I can use for years to come. After reading some of the online reviews, I was drawn to the Montana Mongoose. Really loving it. The grip on the hook is very sturdy. I have yet to have a hook come off the vise (unless it breaks off!). Love the material holder, bobbin cradle, different base option, and of course, the rotation option. Definitely, will recommend it!” Continue reading

Cliff Beast Fly Box Product Review Winner!

Even more winners! Congrats to Dillon Hevener for his win during the week of Jan 24-30th, 2017. He won $25 in AvidMax.com rewards for this product review.

Item Purchased: Cliff Bugger Beast Jr. Fly Box

Rating: “Excellent ” 5 out of 5 stars!

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Review: “In my very humble and uneducated opinion this box is great looks and feels very sturdy and durable, lots of space for anything from tiny flies to my preference larger bulky streamers. Fits all needs, checks all boxes. Thanks AvidMax staff for being helpful and pleasant.” Continue reading

Fishpond Bumpy Road Duffle Product Review Winner!

More winners! Congrats to Gary Woodward for his win during the week of Jan 17-23rd, 2017. He won $25 in AvidMax.com rewards for this product review.

Item Purchased: Fishpond Bumpy Road Cargo Duffel

Rating: “Light weight roller duffel” 4 out of 5 stars!

Fishpond Bumpy Road Product Review

Review: “This is the lightest roller duffel of this size that I have found. My only criticism is that rolling this bag is slightly more difficult than the hard bottom roller bags that have extendable handles but these are usually around 10 lbs vs the 3.5 lbs that this bag weighs.” Continue reading

Ruffwear Flat Out Leash Product Review Winner!

More winners! Congrats to Jessica Hall for her win during the week of Jan 10-16th, 2017. She won $25 in AvidMax.com rewards for this product review.

Item Purchased: Ruffwear Flat Out Leash II

Rating: “Rough puppy. Tough leash” 5 out of 5 stars!

Review and win - Read the Ruffwear Flat out leash's review!

Review: “We have a 6month old puppy who is testing his boundaries with leash walking still, so a secure clip and strong attachment are important qualities for us to have in our product. We have recently started loose leash training and were in the market for a 6ft. I liked that this leash could be hand or waist held, had a short walking option and strong manufacturing. All of the reviews I read gave me a positive feeling and that has continued since we got the product and started using it. One feature that I wasn’t looking for but has been nice for me is the padded hand grip. I haven’t used it around the waist yet, but I can imagine that the padding with increase the comfort in that function.” Continue reading

Walton’s Thumb Product Review Winner!

Here is another product review winner for the week of Jan 3-9th, 2017. Congratulations to Paul Port from Arkansas! He won $25 in AvidMax.com rewards for his product review.

Item Purchased: Walton’s Thumb

Rating: “All in one tool” 5 out of 5 stars!

Walton's Thumb fly fishing tool product review

Review: “I received this as a Christmas gift and I have been out on the river twice with it. I like how it is the only tool I need on my lanyard. All of the tools that I have used function as they should. I tried to cut some heavy mono – 40 pound with the nippers and they would not cut it, but it has no problem with smaller size tippet that is used in fly fishing. I am very happy with this product.” Continue reading

Polar Buff Product Review Winner!

Here is our latest product review winner for the week of Dec. 27-Jan 2nd, 2017. Congratulations to Louise Marcoux from Massachusetts! She won $25 in AvidMax.com rewards for her product review.

Item Purchased: Polar Buff Red

Rating: “Toasty and flexible” 5 out of 5 stars!

Top rated: Buff Polar in Red

Review: “I have an original Buff Puff and decided to give a Polar Buff as a Christmas gift to my husband. He’s really happy with it. He’s worn it primarily as a neck gaiter — with the black polartec showing or with the red Buff Puff showing. Very comfortable and soft. Excellent insulation. Fabrics are very high quality.” Continue reading