The Ostrich Mysis is a simple, but very effective mysis shrimp pattern. Mysis shrimp are the food source for huge trout in many western tailwaters. They are extremely high in protein, allowing fish to grow massive. If you are visiting a tailwater where mysis shrimp are present, then make sure you have some of these before you leave!! Continue reading “How to Tie an Ostrich Mysis Fly: Video”
Last weekend I had the chance to try out an interesting new tent. If you know anything about them though, the word tent doesn’t really describe it at all. I tried out the Tentsile Stingray Tree Tent. It’s a pretty awesome setup, that seems to be a cross between a hammock and a tent. First, let me tell you a little about my experience with it, then I’ll highlight some of the great features, and a few things that took some getting used to.
In this video, we tie a simple Foam Bass Popper. Foam Poppers are much lighter, float higher and pop better than the painted or lacquered poppers. I actually prefer to fish with foam poppers over the “fancy” painted poppers. Don’t get me wrong, I love fancy poppers. They look amazing and are really fun to tie, but there is no doubt that simple foam poppers are just as effective (if not more effective). These simple Foam Poppers can be used for Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Pike, Musky, Wipers, Striped Bass, Peacock Bass and any other aggressive freshwater fish. Foam poppers are always in my warmwater box! Continue reading “Video: How to Tie a Foam Bass Popper”
If you’re anything like me, walking into the local fly shop and throwing down $3.00 for a fly is just painful. I remember purchasing a big hopper in Eastern Idaho for a specific stretch of water. Given the cost, I “wisely” opted to buy only one. Three casts later, a large brown took it off the surface as soon as the bug hit. After what seemed like a few seconds he broke me off, and my hopper was never seen again, at least, not by me. It is experiences like this that have led me to tie my own flies, as well as times I’ve fished waters with zero luck, only to notice the hatches and make mental notes. After some time at the vise and a little creativity, I’ve come back with my own fly and left with success. But, if your Grandpa didn’t teach you to tie and you’re new to the sport, where should you start? Below are a few of the essential tools of the fly tying trade. All recommendations are items that I personally own and tie flies with. Continue reading “Fly Tying Tools Of The Trade”