Wide Gape, Curved Shank, down eye, sproat bend, 2X long, 1x heavy…what does it all mean? If you are new to fly tying or even someone with more experience it can be a little intimidating to find the correct hook for the pattern you want to tie. Don’t fear! Although there are many manufacturers of fly tying hooks and many more variations of hooks from each, once you understand some of the basic principles you will be well suited to pick the right hook for the desired fly pattern. Continue reading “5 Aspects For Understanding Fly Tying Hooks”
Another home run by John Barr. The Barr’s emerger can be tied to imitate many types of Mayfly emergers. This classic variation is best used if there is a BWO hatch with the majority of the bugs in the transition stages. Continue reading “How to Tie a Barr’s BWO Emerger: Video”
5 out of 5 Stars! “This Pad is a Marriage Saver!”
Congratulations to Joseph from Maryland! He was our winner of $25 in AvidMax rewards during the week of March 5th – 11th, 2018. Thank you very much for reviewing your new Hareline Mega Silicone Tying Pad
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This Water Boatman is one of my favorite all time flies simply because it is the first fly I tied and caught a fish on.
If you are a stillwater fly fisher you know the importance of the Water Boatman. They are an erratic insect that fish love to chase and slam. Continue reading “How to Tie a Water Boatman: Video”
Umpqua Feather Merchants has roots in fly tying and has the largest community of Signature Royalty Tyers today. Over 200 … Continue reading How to Submit a Fly Pattern To Umpqua Feather Merchants
Bever’s Better Buckskin was created by Luke Bever. It is an improved version of original Buckskin fly patterns. In the main abdomen/body section, we used chamois material from an auto parts store, cut in to thin strips. Buckskin patterns are designed to imitate free-ranging caddis larva that roam around rocks and river bottoms. They are effective year ’round and should always be in your fly box. Weight them down and fish ’em near the bottom, and you’ll surely tempt some unwitting trout. Continue reading “How to Tie a Bever’s Better Buckskin: Video”
5 out of 5 Stars! “I can not believe how awesome this rod is!”
Congratulations to John from Missouri! He was our winner of $25 in AvidMax rewards during the week of February 26th – March 4th, 2018. Thank you very much for reviewing your new Redington Crux Fly Rod
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There is some debate as to who really created this fly. There is no question however that it catches fish!
This is one of my all-time favorite dry flies as it works in many situations. Stimulators are a great pattern for mimicking Stonefly’s, Hoppers and even large Caddis flies. The large elk hair wing and fully hackle wrapped body makes it sit on top of the water like a T-Bone on a pile of mashed potatoes. Who could resist? (Not many vegan trout I would guess). Continue reading “How to Tie a Stimulator: Video”
Firehole hooks (sticks, as they call them), are competition style fly tying hooks that are the brain child of Joe … Continue reading You Need These Firehole Outdoors Fly Tying Hooks!
Chasing winter steelhead can be more than a challenge as anglers fight changing water levels, punishing rain, and low returns of wild fish. A little hope can go a long way when it comes to the pursuit. Wherever you can find a glimmer of confidence swinging a fly, anglers grab at it. Tying beautiful flies in unique color patterns not only inspire confidence, but also help to enhance the experience. Decompressing from a day out in the elements in the cabin, sipping on an aged reserve, while chatter fills the small space is a perfect opportunity to tie something special. So, pack along your vise and materials for your next adventure into the wild as the days are short and the nights long. Continue reading “Cabin Fever Fly Tying”