Tron Emerger Fly – Video Fly Tying Instructions

Hi AvidMax fly tyers! Learn how to tie this ridiculously small yet deadly fly!

The Tron Emerger is a simple and extremely effective mayfly emerger/nymph pattern developed by James Spicer. It can be tied in several color variations with Olive, Brown and Black being the most effective colors. It is also tied entirely with one material called Zlon (or Antron as a substitute). As this material is twisted to make the body and thorax, it develops perfect segmentation and a semi-translucence effect. This is the key to the pattern and it is very effective on picky trout!!

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Crease Fly – Video Fly Tying Instructions

Hi AvidMax fly tyers! More, fly patterns just for you! Try your luck at tying the Crease fly!

The Crease Fly is baitfish popper imitation developed by Joe Blado. The Crease Fly is a great pattern for saltwater and freshwater species. It is favored by tuna fisherman and bass fisherman alike. The Crease Fly not only has a life-like baitfish look, but it also spits and chugs through the water, thus making it irresistible to hungry predators! The Crease Fly can also be tied in many color variations and sizes. Some tiers like to use foil or mylar for the body shine/color. In this video, James from InTheRiffle will show you how to use the glue technique by painting the color onto the fly. There are many glues on the market now including UV resins, Polyurethane finish and good old epoxy. Epoxy is still one of the most durable options, but also the messiest. In this video we use Loon Hard Head, which is the Polyurethane option. It’s very easy to work with and you can add layers for durability and color finish. Get creative and have fun!!

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The “Jassid” Video Fly Tying Instructions

Hi AvidMax fly tyers! Let’s start the year with learning some new pattern! It’s pretty small, but you will enjoy tying the “Jassid”!

The “Jassid” is a great tiny dry fly for technical waters. The Jassid was originally developed by Vince Marinaro and made to imitate a small leaf hopper. I believe the Jassid imitates all kinds of small little bugs found throughout late summer, such as beetles, large ants, spiders and even micro caddis. Whatever the trout think the Jassid fly is, they go crazy for it!! The Jassid is one of those flies you whip out when a fish has rejected every pattern in your fly box. You need good eyes to see the Jassid on the water.  The slim profile and sparse hackle allow for this fly to sit delicately on the surface, making it VERY difficult to see. Just watch for the rise in the vicinity of the fly!!

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Adventures at AvidMax: Learning to Fish Without Snoopy, Part 1

Entry the Second
(and far overdue)

Let me begin this post with an apology: I promised our readership regular content in my first blog post, and have certainly not delivered! I may have an adventurous spirit, but I act hesitantly and constantly find excuses for myself that hold me back more often than not.

I should also add, here at the beginning, that this story spans over July-October, and thus, takes longer to tell than should or would have. Such is the consequence of my inaction!

I hope you enjoy my (mis)adventures!


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Nitro Caddis Pupa Video Fly Tying Instructions

The Nitro Caddis Pupa is a great little fly developed by Andrij Horodysky. It imitates a caddis larva emerging and developing into a caddis pupa. This is the most vulnerable stage of the caddis and big trout know that! The Nitro Caddis Pupa can be tied in Olive and Orange variations, with the Olive being the most popular color. It is also best tied in #12 to #16 and makes a great lead fly on a nymph rig. This fly really “pops” and is fun to tie!

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Thames Mucilin Product Review Winner!

Here is our latest product review winner for the week of Dec. 20-26th, 2016. Congratulations to John Brewer from Washington! He won a $25 AvidMax.com gift certificate for his product review.

Item Purchased: Thames Mucilin

Rating: “Classic and very effective!” 5 out of 5 stars!

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Review: “Classic, old-fashioned stuff! But it works great; you quickly appreciate why it’s been a favorite for decades. I’ve tried Gink and Aquel and Fly-agra, but I always return to Mucilin Green. It comes with a line cleaning/conditioning pad inside — very useful for cleaning the dirt off your fly line. This extends the life of a line. But Mucilin Green works best as a fly floatant. Nothing beats it. (Apply, however, before the fly gets wet). Takes a little care — keep it in your cooler on a hot day, or dip it in the cold river after you use it. Rub it lightly into the fly — it stays on for a long time, doesn’t leave an oil slick (like Gink does) — and the fly pops back right up if you pull it under, which (an added and happy bonus!) sometimes triggers a trout to strike!”

Do you want to win a $25 gift certificate to AvidMax? All you have to do is find the product you purchased from us on our site and click write a review. Then just submit it and you will be automatically entered! Click here for more details. We pick new winners every week!

Carson Optics Cap Magnifiers Product Review Winner!

Here is our latest product review winner for the week of Dec 13-19th, 2016. Congratulations to Roger Stover from California! He won a $25 AvidMax.com gift certificate for his product review.

Item Purchased: Carson Optics Cap Magnifiers

Rating: “I wish I had gone this way first!” 5 out of 5 stars!

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RIO Tippet Rings Product Review Winner!

Here is our latest product review winner for the week of Dec 6th-12th, 2016. Congratulations to Jack Smith from New York! He won a $25 AvidMax.com gift certificate for his product review.

Item Purchased: RIO Trout Tippet Rings

Rating: “MONEY SAVER!!!!!” 5 out of 5 stars!

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Beadhead Prince Nymph Video Fly Tying Instructions

The Beadhead Prince Nymph is an all time favorite fly!! It seems to catch trout everywhere. In this video, James from InTheRifle ties a weighted beadhead version of the classic Prince Nymph. This version makes a great lead fly and the added weight really helps the fly get down in fast water. I prefer to tie my Prince Nymphs with red thread, but black thread also works. James also ties this Prince with Brown Hackle, but Partridge is another one of his favorite materials to use on this fly. Both work just fine. A MUST have fly in any fly box. Both professionals and beginners swear by the Prince. When you don’t know what to use in trout country….just tie on a Prince!!

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Fishpond Eagle’s Nest Travel Pouch Product Review Winner!

Here is our latest product review winner for the week of Nov. 29th-Dec. 5th, 2016. Congratulations to Hadley Farrell from North Carolina! She won a $25 AvidMax.com gift certificate for her product review.

Item Purchased: Fishpond Eagle’s Nest Travel Pouch

Rating: “Everything I was looking for!” 5 out of 5 stars!

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