When choosing the best thread to use for a fly pattern, there are 3 main characteristics to understand: material type, size, and flat-ability. Of course the color of the thread is also very important, but once you narrow down your search by these 3 characteristics, you can choose the best color available in that type. Continue reading “3 Things to Consider When Choosing Fly Tying Thread”
Welcome to our 2nd annual Fly Tying Month! Last year was such a success we decided to do it again! … Continue reading Your Fly Tying Month Bench Guide
We have been hearing a lot about this fly over the last few months at the AvidMax store. The name varies but the fly is very productive in the different variations we have seen. The creator of this fly is a little bit of a mystery to us still so if you know who came up with this gem please let us know!
I like to fish my emerger patterns in a “drop shot” (if you are familiar with conventional style fishing) style rig. Use a larger weighted jig fly as the point fly with this 6-10″ above and you will see great success. If you prefer to have the smaller fly on the point of your rig no problem. Add some weight to get it down and you are good to go. Continue reading “How to Tie a Foam Back Midge: Video”
The Copper John. Do I need to say more? Created by the infamous John Barr, just about anyone who has fly fished has heard of or thrown this fly. It is a go-to attractor pattern year round. It will imitate a wide range of bugs from mayflies, stoneflies, and even caddis or midges. Fish it smaller in the colder months and larger in the summer. Most commonly the copper john is tied using copper or red wire but there are many color variations out there. If you want to get the skunk off get the copper john tied on! Continue reading “How to Tie the Copper John Fly: Video”
Congrats to Steve H. from Idaho! He was our winner of $25 in AvidMax rewards during the week of November 14, 2017 – November 20, 2017. Thank you very much for reviewing your new Loon Outdoors UV Clear Finish
When we talk about buggy flies what else comes to mind but the Hare’s ear. This is a personal favorite for me, it is a fly that I am constantly fishing and tying variations of. An extremely versatile fly that can imitate a wide range of aquatic life. I find most often that I fish it in a size 16 matching smaller stoneflies and some mayflies. Don’t be afraid to run the gamut with this pattern and have a wide size range available in your box.
Now let’s see what you can do. #avidmaxflytyers Continue reading “How to Tie a Gold Bead/Gold Ribbed Flashback Hare’s Ear Fly: Video”
The Griffiths Gnat, one of the few dry fly patterns out there that you can have the utmost confidence in during the winter months. An imitation that will work as a midge cluster when tied in larger sizes or as an individual midge when tied in the smallest of sizes. This is a great pattern to throw by itself if you have rising fish to a midge hatch (using the high vis version helps greatly when trying to spot your fly), or in tandem following a larger dry fly in the warmer months.
Now let’s see what you can do. #avidmaxflytyers Continue reading “How to Tie a Griffiths Gnat Fly: Video”
Developed by Forest Dorsey, son of the famous fly tier, author and guide Pat Dorsey this is a go-to midge emerger for all tailwaters. I was recently fishing this pattern on clear creek outside of Idaho Springs in Colorado and it put some of the bigger fish in that river in my net. Fish it as a dropper below a Parachute Adams or in a tandem fly rig with weight or a heavy lead fly.
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Need a very effective fly for big trout? Look no further than the Egg Sucking Bunny Leech. While it can be fished year round it will be most effective in the spring when rainbows are running or in the fall when browns are on reds. Using the bunny strips along with the McFly foam for the Egg this pattern has the best of both worlds. If you missed our last fly tying post, check it out here to learn how to tie an October Caddis Fly.
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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.
As the weather cools and you hunker down in your fly tying cave before sneaking out for some pre-winter time on the water, it’s important to embrace orange and use it to your advantage. Here are four great ways to put a little more orange into your fly box. Continue reading “Fly Fishing: The Season of Orange”