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barrel rolling woolly bugger
I just started fly tying last month and started with the suggested patterns, one being the woolly bugger.   I fished some that I tied a few weeks ago at my favorite kettle pond. Every dozen or so
Hatches Blog Post - Micro Intruder Baitfish Fly
A Micro Intruder fly mixed with a baitfish best describes this one. This is a goto fly when swinging to fish who eat baitfish. For most of the Great Lakes steelhead, this is it![url=http://hatchesma
Furimsky's Bugskin Shinetail
My newest YouTube video features Chuck Furimsky, director of the upcoming International Fly Tying Symposium.  He ties a baitfish imitation that looks really killer, and between the two of us, we
Steel Bunny
These can be tied up very quickly, which is rare to find effective streamer patterns that you can tie so quickly.  I can fill up a box in a few hours, and the beauty is that its fairly simple, so
Fly Tyers Dungeon Sale
Today through Oct. 7th   40% off sale   Congo Hair, Congo Hair Blends, Congo Baitfish Blends, Water Mix & Water Silk   Use discount code: Congo40   http://www.flytyersdungeon.c
Damaged fly in the Box... what to do?
I use them first.  I am convinced that fish sense a damaged insect or baitfish as an easy meal.  A fly that looks "a little off" is just as likely to get eaten than a healthy one.
Fly Fishing the Surf in Central Florida
Which coast  (that'll really make a difference...) and when?   If you were down south I'd say get on the water before dawn (or maybe an hour before dark...) then work small (and not so small
Foam Baitfish with Gills
Foam Baitfish with Gills Body Shape: 3/16 industrial foam gills and baitfish profile are cut with a laser to match the hook Hook: EC 253 4/0 I have never been very good or fast at cutting these o
With Kids Spring Winter And Summer at City Park New Orleans
City Park is a beautiful place and you'll enjoy fishing there. It can get crowded (with park users, not necessarily fisherman) when the weather is nice but there is a ton of water so you shouldn't hav
August Flies From the Vise
Some baitfish.
EZ Cast Baitfish
EZ Cast Baitfish     Finished Length: 3-1/2" Hook: 1/0 Owner Mosquito 5377-111 light wire (For heavier wire use SSW 5180-111) Thread: White Veevus 150D or flat waxed nylon Hook Flash: FTD Pe
Fly Tyers Dungeon 25% Sale Till 7/21/2018
New Sale at Fly Tyers Dungeon! Congo Hair, Congo Hair Blends, Congo Baitfish Blends Water Mix & Water Silk 40 % off for 4 days only That is it...40% off one of the most popular materia
Boca Surf
For peacock flies, I pretty much only throw 2 patterns. Any kind of brightly colored clouser in #2-4, and then the same-size fly with marabou/finn for the tail, ep brush for the body, and then eyes. C
Killiefish/Mummichog imitations?
That will work - anywhere there's small fat baitfish - from killifish to small finger mullet.  Great looking bug!
Bug Buffet
I went fly fishing recently and there was an absolute buffet of bugs for the fish to choose from. I've never seen caddis so small, size #18-20, mixed in with big midges, size 12-14, and chironomids of
Lightning hitting water
Years ago a friend were fishing in my little 12' boat and 3 hp motor across a bay from the landing. The bay had a center reef or spine ran almost the whole length of the bay averaging 6-8'. We of cour
June Flies From the Vise
Veiled Baitfish     Alternating Chenille and Dubbing Loop (Mixed Acrylic/Macrame/Rug Yarn)   And Brushed Back
Dubby Bunny Perch
This is a popular fly!  In the last few weeks, I have been asked to tie this in different color patterns.  First I tied in a baby brown trout coloration, and then someone asked me to tie it
Tampa Fl Area
Thanks for the replies everyone! I think we will stick to the salt as $120 for us to fish both is a bit much. The idea of a snook in the surf sounds great. I remember seeing them right against the sh
Fishing report, Everglades Flamingo, 2 May
After spawning out the big fish head north following their stomachs and all the baitfish they keep finding.  A few years back I had a customer up in Virginia that asked for a few big black Tarpon
Need help identifying material (baitfish pattern)
wag http://www.jsflyfishing.com/hareline-baitfish-emulator-flash going only by the way it looks on my monitor...   Though, if it is from a local shop, why not ask them? I've always had good luck
Fly nameing
Some people crave attention, and some like a quick buck to go along with it. There's not much money in "inventing" a fly, so I'd have to go with the "attention" factor in most cases. Even a fly that g
Old Glory
25 years ago, I was at a fly-fishing expo at L.L. Bean, where Lefty was signing copies of his new saltwater patterns book. Attendance was sparse and somebody else was speaking at the moment, so I had
Super Hair
Does anyone use Super Hair in their tying of large flies? It is 11 inches long and I bought some years ago and have not used it yet. I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thanks, Tom Usually tie saltwat
Anyone Fish Out of a Float Tube
LOL Bimini; I hope you were able to hose yourself down before you got back into your car. Back in the 70s, when the movie "Jaws" came out, everybody was talking about it, and the saltwater crowd was n
Big Boys are Coming
Good looking bug.. it should draw strikes wherever you find baitfish that size.  If you were down my way I"d be looking for a few in dark colors as well....
Animal hair that sinks?
I've got a bag of musk ox that is phenomenal!I've brushed it out and used it on baitfish patterns and have used it as dubbing on nymphs and the like.I also really like arctic fox in place of marabou
Warm Water “Top to Bottom” Swap
Looks like enough interest so far so Ill host an other one seeing how the last one went so well. The Criteria/ Rules are: 4 Top Water Flies 4 Streamer/Baitfish Flies 4 Bottom Bouncing Flies All geared
Louisiana Redfish Flies - Top 3 or 4?
I'm looking for suggestions of a few Louisiana redfish flies. I'm fishing the Venice area in June. My guide provides all flies, however I want to try a few patters and give them a shot just for fun. H
April Flies From The Vise
Nope pretty sure I haven't gotten one of those yet, one of those yellow baitfish types a slider if I remember right.
Jerk Fly - walking the dog
I've tied a very similar pattern without the interchangeable tail for many years-   I put a short marabou tail in the end.   Originally tied them as a sort of floating baitfish to
DIY Shanks
    planning on tying on the tail? Split ring is not the typical method, but I suppose it should work fine. Just watch the cut end of the wire. Cuts thread like a razor.     Blueb
March Flies From The Vise
Clearly not as delicate as the previous ones... Trying to use this baitfish wrap that I received in the Christmas swap... [attachment=66866:2B59943C-8E63-402A-A903-8BBC6B3D6B2D.jpeg]
Reverse Tied Minnow
These flies are easy to tie, and very effective on many species across the fly fishing spectrum.  From freshwater fish including trout, bass and walleye, to saltwater fish like speckled trout, re
Chile Bound... advice needed!
Update ---   So ended up booking with a guide called Jack Trout (with a last name like that...) and we will go with one of the locals who guides for him. 3 full days, and we are planning 2 for bi
Diluting liquid fusion
from the internet   Liquid Fusion thins with water, and you can make it any consistency you like.    Crystal Clear Liquid Fusion This is a water based, clear urethane glue that function
Mono Eyes
Flytire, I am pretty sure I have never asked about baitfish mono eyes. I have asked a lot, just not on this subject I don't believe ...   Piker, that would take too long for me. Also, I would rat
Nymphing Baitfish - Small Fry
This fly is one I created to nymph for trout at my local river after the hatch.  On the Animas, the rainbow trout and brown trout eggs start hatching, and there are tons of little fry that become
February Flies from the Vise
Rattlesnake baitfish (it has a rattle that also keels the fly and turns it hook point up) [attachment=66216:2641D7BD-F3F1-4848-A067-C1D90D7909E1.jpeg]
Trolling Flies
You can also fly fish for walleye at modest depths -- 3-6 feet -- If you look for shoal water very near deeper holding areas and fish early and late in the day or on dark days when schoolng baitfish.r
Are all craft furs the same?
At my local "Michaels" craft store  they have a small wall of select craft furs - all short but it ties and performs similar to the stuff I get at my local fly shop.  I did wander over to th
Using google earth to scout wading areas
I haven't wade-fished the Tampa area much...   One thing that I have found out is that it is best to just go ahead and wade it, or at least go "scout" it first. Keep in mind that just because you
Saltwater hooks
Like others, I use many of the staples for SW tying and probably prefer 34007 for all around use. Certain hooks seem to fit certain stye flies better than others. One hook I really like that no one
Christmas pictures...and comments from Santa
AGN Thanks! Got yours! I especially like the clouser with the fluffy stuff! Merry Christmas all! Peace on earth! I got yours too and I love them! Some absolutely fine looking flies. I really like
Bush Pig Streamer Materials
Maybe we're thinking of different things.   The craft fur I have is one of the softest, most "flowing" fibers in my cache.  It's the one I use the least, because of it's propensity to wrap
December flies from the Vise
Here is a wool head streamer and some slight adjustments with photoshop. Thanks.Also, great ties from everyone this month so far. GP, great streamer tie and fish food there. Also some fine buggers r
Tear Mender consistency?
It soaks in well for baitfish heads.  It doesn't exactly dry clear but mostly translucent (i.e. looks fine on baitfish heads).  Gunnar Brammer has pretty good video on making heads with Tear
Crappie fly fishing
Well, I know they like gray synthetic baitfish... Minnows. Clousers and half&halfs. Mini decievers. Wooly buggers. Nymphs. Even heard many caught on small poppers. Tie up some beadheads that lo
Streamer and other fly recommendations for Hybrids and Striped bass
I used to live in Texas and learned that bigger (i.e. giant articulated) isn't always better.  I've had some great fishing days throwing a size 1 or 1/0 baitfish imitation when the really big fli
Fall Au Sable pike
There's more than enough prey/forage for them in this river, tons of baitfish/perch/minnow/crayfish and other forage. It's just the type of conditions for the river fish (constant current/moving water
November Flies from the Vise
Phly 4- Fall Colors- FlashWelded Loon Thick resins Phly4.FallColorsDSC03018.jpgPhly4.Close.UpDSC03016.jpgIMG_2673.JPG Another Phlash Phried Couple more simple baitfish [attachment=64646:IMG_2678.JPG
Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout...
2-5 on each flank, maybe 1-3 on dorsal surface on the larger baitfish, using 6,7, 8 WF to throw. Pete may be using a 10 weight to throw his, but then his baby Albies are bigger than most of our troph
Grey Drake Cripple SBS
  Found this Quigley variation on a U.K. site; change color/size to suit your needs.     hook – Dai Riki 280 #10 thread - UTC 140 grey brown rib - small wire gold tail - pheasant
HMH FLY TYING CONTEST sponsored by HMH Vises
HMH FLY TYING CONTEST!   1. Tie a fly using your HMH Vise and take a picture of it. 2. Please include HMH vise in the photo in some way. 3. Post your photo on Instagram or Facebook and use the h
Are shrimp eyes a necessity
I love that question!  Many have pondered it before you and I also.  I make eyes by the hundreds at a sitting, and I use them on most of my patterns whether for myself or my customers. I use
Start thinking Christmas Swap
This sounds pretty good...put me in for some warm water / Deer Hair / Baitfish stuff. Id like the same back....warm water or salt water stuff. Dont do much trout fishing now days. Although most trout
What flies to start with?
As Crackaig, and Bimini stated techniques are what is most important. I would add zonkers to bimini's list of patterns they make good baitfish imitations and are cheap easy ties!   As far as
Strip Rattle and Roll
If you have ever fished for bass, you know that in most instances, a rattle helps attract them.  They are also attracted big baits.  Things that push lots of water.  I created this fly
Intruders for Trout
I've used 'em, but with a trout spey not a single hander. I also used them on the swing with twitches, not stripping them. Sink tip is the way to go, intruders by design have a lot of water resistanc
Sparkle Pops
Philly thanks for explaining how transfer sheet material is applied. Was thinking it would look good on some crease flies. I believe we were both in the "Favorite Saltwater Baitfish Pattern Swap" aro
About the evolution of YOUR fly tying.
Chenille. I know it's useful for specific patterns like worms and for legs on crabs, but aside from that I haven't used it in 20 years. I always wonder why I see so much of it in fly shops because v
Dropper Fly?
I have not done it either, but when I do, I am going to try a small baitfish pattern under a gurgler. I am also concerned about the tangling.
Mop Fly Variant
Baitfish  
Swap fly caught fish pictures,
Good luck Mike..   I have caught several peacock bass using baitfish flies from the Snook swap that Islander hosted. No pics, but I'll make sure to take some next time!   Curious, anyone hav
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