Video: How to Tie the Copper John Fly

The Copper John is the most commonly used trout fly in the west these days. For a good reason, it’s a great attractor pattern and it works! The Copper John was developed by legendary fly tier John Barr. It can be tied in a wide variety of colors, making it very versatile. The most popular color is red, and it is a favorite as well. A red Copper John catches more fish on the Arkansas River than any other fly out there. It doesn’t really imitate a specific bug, but it does resemble a stonefly and mayfly very well. What makes the Copper John so effective is its profile. It just looks buggy!  More favorite colors for the Copper John are: Copper, Chartreuse, Yellow and Black. Tie it the same way, just change the color of your wire!

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Ruffwear Flat Out Leash Product Review Winner!

Congrats to Rachel Forcino! She was our winner of $25 in AvidMax rewards during the week of Feb. 21-27th, 2017. Thank you very much for reviewing your product!

Item Purchased: Ruffwear Flat Out Dog Leash

Rating: “Great running leash!” 5 out of 5 stars!

Review: “Overall, I really like this leash for hands-free running with my dog! The buckle that creates the handle loop at the person end of the leash is very secure, to the point that it’s difficult for me to open – I usually choose to just step into the loop and then tighten it around my waist/hips. Speaking of the handle loop, it is very well padded. Continue reading

Video: How to Tie the Lite-Brite Zonker Fly

The Lite-Brite Zonker is a great little streamer developed by Bill Black at Spirit River. It’s a new spin on the traditional zonker. The Lite-Brite Zonker can be tied in several color variations, but the one tied in this video is a favorite. You can tie it with a standard brass bead or a tungsten bead for extra weight. This is a must have streamer in your fly box and it really does produce fish!!

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Video: How to Tie the EP Bay Anchovy Fly

The EP Bay Anchovy is a great small baitfish pattern for Snook, Tarpon, Tuna and Stripers! It can be tied in several color variations with Olive, Chartreuse, Minnow and Tan being the most popular colors. Enrico ties this fly in one size….a #1/0. He has found that this is the best hook size for the profile & size of the fly. This is a great pattern and pretty straight forward to tie!!

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Redington Form Game Rod Product Review Winner!

Congrats to Jeff Filkoski! He was our winner during the week of Feb. 14th-Feb.20th, 2017. He won $25 in AvidMax.com rewards for this product review.

Item Purchased: Redington Form Game Casting Practice Fly Rods

Rating: “Great Practice Rod!” 5 out of 5 stars!

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Hareline Dubbin Fly Tying Kit Review

Starting fly tying is never an easy feat. To make it a little easier, we brought in these starter kits of fly tying materials and tools from Hareline Dubbin, and we think they’re great! They come with all of the items you need to start tying some common and easy patterns — all in one box. All of the kits come with the same basic materials and vary on the tools and vise included. We did a video overview on each one of the three kits as well as a final comparison video. Check them out! They may be just the place to kickstart your fly tying journey!

Hareline Dubbin Fly Tying Kit Entry Level Review
Do you just need the starter materials? This is the kit for you! 

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Hareline Marabou Strung Blood Quills Product Review Winner!

Congrats to Megan Tuttle! She was our winner during the week of Feb. 7th-Feb.13th, 2017. She won $25 in AvidMax.com rewards for this product review.

Item Purchased: Hareline Marabou Strung Blood Quills

Rating: “Best Price!” 5 out of 5 stars!

Hareline Marabou Strung Blood Quills product review

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Game Changer Fly – Video Fly Tying Instructions

The Game Changer Streamer was developed by innovative fly tier, Blane Chocklett.  This fly has a marvelous action to it!  The Game Changer is tied on the new Fish Skull Fish Spine Articulated Shanks.  This system allows for the fly to be articulated throughout the entire length of the fly.  Coloring the Game Changer will add extra life to the fly, and some fly tiers have taken to the Copic Air Brush to make their Game Changers come alive!!  The Game Changer is a great fly for all predatory fish, such as Bass, Pike, Musky, Trout and Saltwater Species.  Give one a try!  They are a lot of fun to tie!

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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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