Halloween is around the corner and it seems that everywhere you look you can’t escape the color orange. While changing leaves, pumpkin patches, and snack-sized peanut butter cups abound, for fly fisherman, the color orange presents a different appeal—one that triggers a ferocious take, the arching bend of the rod, and the screeching sound of line peeling from the reel. Everyone’s go-to fall color is universally appealing for both humans and fish alike.
The Beadhead October Caddis Pupa, also know as the Great Autumn Sedge is a go to caddis pupae imitation. Tied with a soft hackle and segmented coloration this fly can be very effective if fished at the right time. Look for the emergence of these bugs to happen later in the day, sometime between September and November. The more leaves you see falling to the ground the better. It is also a great top fly in a tandem rig with a small midge imitation trailing.
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Congrats to Eric Roberts from Kentucky! He was our winner of $25 in AvidMax rewards during the week of August 1-7th, 2017. Thank you very much for reviewing your new Dr. Slick Bobbin Threader in Brass!
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.
It has been a little over a year since we started carrying fly tying materials. During that time, we have learned just how intricate and time-consuming fly tying can be, and how much patience it takes to master. After launching our very first Fly Tying Month this past March, we are even more eager to learn, so we decided to interview a master fly tyer. We sought out our partner, James Spicer from InTheRiffle, to learn more about his fly tying journey. Enjoy the Q&A!
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 “Griffin Montana Mongoose Product Review Winner!”
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!!
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!!