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Blue Spey- by Dai Jones

2011 IFTD show - Part #1

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Backstabber carp fly - by Intheriffle

Worm Fly - Holger Lachmann

Dubbing Loop

Auction score?
I like to go to auctions when I have nothing else to do. 9 out of 10 times I come home empty handed. Today I scored, possibly a major score but I'm a little unsure. My first purchase was a box contain
Royal Wulff Hacklestacker SBS
A few changes to one I found on the interweb; swapped out golden pheasant tippet tail with moose body for a bit more floatation. A calf tail wing for those who prefer to tie on the natch. hook Dai R
First stab at Materials...
Hello! Thanks for all of the replies! I appreciate all of the suggestions & encouragement; it means a lot. It's like being in a beginner class, with everyone offering their input, and where every
Snelled on dacron backing.  Yes they move a lot.  From end to end. That's what's good about the Skinwalker.   The new method (pictures will come eventually) is even more flexible yet.&#
Simple Hare's Ear jig - Thanks to flytire
Tail: natural hen fibers Ribbing: crystal flash dubbing: spectrablend nymph dubbing, hares ear collar: fox squirrel dubbing in a loop   I just used gray materials and called it hares ear(ish). It
Quick Tie - Elk hair Caddis
Rainy days are great for fly tying; here is a quick tie of an Elk hair Caddis using material on hand!   Size 14 or 16 Dry Fly Hook 7/0 Dacron Tying Thread (Olive because it was handy) Grizzly Hac
Articulated Rainbow Streamer
A while back, a subscriber and customer of mine requested that I make a large articulated streamer for him.  He wanted something for large browns pushing 30" that are primarily predatory in a lak
Macular Degeneration and fly fishing?
@mikechell That's outside of the box! That would do just fine and he can either do a loop to loop and/or favorite knot to it...  @chugbug27 those foam winders of something like this:   
Dubbing Brush
Dubbing brushes are very effective ways of creating dynamic bodies on large streamers.  Up until OPST made the "composite dubbing loop" popular, there was really no way of making a multi layered
Microfibbet options?
This thread got me to thinking, which is usually a bad thing. I Googled mayflies and got a whole host of images.   What I noticed is when at rest some mayflies have their tails splayed and some d
September Flies From the Vise
Streaking Caddis (variation) Tied here as an October caddis; playing around with a little different body. hook – Dai Riki 280 #8 thread - UTC 140 hot orange body - dubbing orange/deer hair (in d
Squirrel Hackle
I can't answer all of your questions. I have not attempted a squirrel hackle. I do use dubbing loops but not split thread. To keep my material from moving around I wax my thread. I would try to keep t
Dubbing Dispenser
FishnPhil, I keep dubbing in the packages for that very reason.  Label tells exactly what's in it.  I keep types separated in drawers of my tying desk.  That is usually mixed dubbing, s
Ice Jig Shrimp Feedback
Maybe if you add an X to each side of the jig head, the fish will know it represents a dead shrimp.    Seriously, I wouldn't change a thing.  If the dubbing seems too stiff when it's we
furled leaders vs hand tied leaders for bass
I use furled leaders for everything, made from 2 or 4lb mono.  I carry a 5', 7', and 9' with me and since I use a loop to loop of leader to flyline I can change the length pretty fast, although t
Split rings on a large articulated fly
I'm thinking about trying to attach a small split ring on the first hook of a large articulated fly to see if I can increase the swinging action much like what is on a Rapala. Currently I always tie a
Al's Rock Chuck October Caddis (Bullethead variation) SBS
A few changes to Al Campbell's version. His used marmot; I went with woodchuck. Also, Congo Hair replaces yarn for the abdomen loop and a bullethead instead of spun deer for a little different look.
Chernobyl Ant
So the chernobyl ant doesn't really look like an ant.  I guess its closer to maybe a hopper imitation?  Even that is very suggestive.  However this fly seems to produce very well, espec
Dubbing Sale at Fly Tyers Dungeon
Special for 6 days...ends Aug 25th at midnight...40% off ALL Dubbing. $15.00 minimum.   See website for discount code.   Other than being a satisfied customer, I have no other affliatio
Fly tying tools
Dubbing brush twister and dubbit tools -$50.00 obo Mayfly wing cutters size 16and18 and stonefly wing burners-$20.00
Splitsville Muddler Spruce Moth SBS
These bugs are pretty much anywhere there are spruce trees in the parts of Montana I've been fishing lately, and the fish are interested. Size varied between #10-12 but the bigger fly was easier to s
If your double surgeon join forms a kink or hindge, then I can help, and doing it the "right" way will greatly improve the knot strength. That is assuming you performed it the incorrect way. Anyways..
This is one of the RS2's that Rim tied for me. Please note the taper of the body and how tight the dubbing noodle that he creates. It really creates a defined segmented abdomen. As you would expect
The SCUD/Sow Bug swap
Shrimp will be in the mail Monday.    hook: Mustad C49S #12 thread: Uni thread olive 6/0 tail: white schlappen shellback: plastic bag cut to gape width rib: green ultra wire, x sm dubbing: h
Elk Hair Caddis
The elk hair caddis should be a staple in all dry fly fishermans boxes, if they aren't in there already.  This fly is probably one of the most effective and versatile dry flies ever created, and
August Flies From the Vise
Carp flies on sz 8 glo bug hooks. Dumbbell or bead chain eyes Hen hackle palmered at the bend FTD bug legs Very small amount of gold flash (or skip it) Rabbit for from a zonker strip in a dubbing lo
Bram's Stoker SBS
A few changes to the back end of Bram Van Houten's Deer Hair Emerger. hook Dai Riki 135 #14 thread - MFC 8/0 sand underbody - medium tinsel opal rib - turkey biot callibaetis shellback - 1mm foam ta
The WD40 was originally designed by Mark Engler.  Word on the street says that he designed this while working in a fly shop in the west.  He made a pattern that was relatively easy to tie, a
Soft Hackle Emerging Caddis
Soft hackle fly patterns have been around since pretty much when fly fishing started.  That does not mean they aren't effective now.  In fact, they are still very effective, and in some circ
CDC Hatchmaster
So the original hatchmaster I believe was tied with a mallard flank feather. However that is just too large, and would create a fly in the 10-14 size range. Great for larger mayflies, however when t
Fly Tyers Dungeon 25% Sale Till 7/21/2018
the buggier dubbings are great I highly recommend the super craken, the golden peacock starburst dubbing is excellent for streamers, the crystal web is excellent as well I used the uvx hot yellow for
Classic Smoky Mountain Flies
My husband and I love the smokies! Size 14 elk hair caddis, size 14 yellow sally (takes on these all summer although the hatch is mostly in May), and green caddis nymph with a little gold wire sparkl
my best sedge flies
Hi guys,   Thanks for your kind words :)  @Sandan,  the 4th is a fly  that I used first time in 2005 in Slovakia,  I saw it  at a local guide. It is completely made
Trouble with rod
I had a two piece rod that would slip apart. I ended up breaking that rod in due time ( by accident) and the replacement rod for it was one where you couldn't get the two pieces apart, it would always
Evil Olive - WD40 Variation
This WD40 variation is one of my favorites.  I like heavy flies for lead flies, and tying it with a Tungsten bead really helps it get down deep.  Also the flashiness of the Evil Olive fly he
Sources for dyed Muskrat Pelts
Something else to consider is that to be sure any pelt you buy has been soft tanned unless you what to go through the trouble yourself.  The only way I have ever seen muskrat in person is untanne
Splitsville Caddis (variation) SBS
Loop-dubbed deer hair head/wing to get a bit more floatation. hook - Dai Riki 300 #12 thread - MFC 8/0 sand body - Hare's Ice Dub tan loop - UTC 140 tan hackle - grizzly dyed olive dun wing/head - de
Fiber for dubbing
No have pink or purple hackle feathers so tried to improvise by dubbing the kids hair piece fibers instead. Worked out but the stuff is very slick so had to dab head cement to guarantee....Made the p
July Flies From the Vise
DHH Carnage Drake Why waste good hackle on stupid cutts? With little blue lines looking like Yankee Jim, the additional buoyancy is appreciated. hook WFC Model 11 #12 thread - Danville 6/0 tan core
Baetis time - my nymphs
Right now  I have in my fishing area a lot of baetis swimming all over. So here are my nymphs that works great  in this period of time. Simple to tie, just  biot  and a little bit
dubbing loops?
When I zoomed in on the close ups from hawkfly, they appear to me to be furled. They could be from a dubbing noodle, dubbing loop, or as Mike suggested, mohair knitting yarn. Either way I think they a
Methods and Beads for egg sucking leeches
Problem is the OP's hook choice, not the bead.  There's a reason why if you google ESL in 1/0 on upturned hooks, you will find chenille or estaz is typically used. Even if you were to find s
Shanafelt's Mongo Hopper (Carnage variation) SBS
PETA approved; change color/size to suit your needs. hook - TFS 2305 #2 thread - UTC 140 tan core - 25lb Mason underbody - moose body hair body - 2mm foam cream wing - 3mm foam tan rear legs - 2mm fo
Thread recommendations
The only time I have seen "fraying" is from nicking the thread with the point of the hook, tinsel, or wire, or from rough skin.  Also when losing control of my dubbing brush.
Best Tyer Ever?
Also love his method of dubbing bodies. He uses both hands, wrapping with his right hand and twisting the dubbing noodle with his left hand after each turn. He always gets such a nice , even taper.
Roll casting with a short 3wt.
I fish my 5'6" 3 weight a lot.  I find that roll casting with it is a challenge, but the trick is to cast ... up.   That's the only way I can explain it.  When roll casting, I shoo
Flashy CDC Emerging Midge
CDC is one of my favorite materials for emergers or dry flies when tying small tiny flies.  Buying hackle that small can cost a fortune, but CDC tends to be better priced.  And you can save
*NEW* Rolling Weed-guard
Here are the steps for my new Rolling Weed-guard, as seen in the Summer 2018 issue of Fly Tyer Magazine. The first picture was too big to upload, but it simply showed crimping the end of some hard mon
Fifty Fly Project
Tup's Indispensable,  RS Austin, 1890 As previously mentioned, alternate dubbing used.
FlySpoke's Super Bug (Carnage variation)
Foam version of an Atlantic salmon pattern. Tied here as a salmonfly; don't have a scud hook big enough to handle a bug this size so I subbed with the TFS iron (shorter shank than the Dai Riki 280)
Tying Knots
flytire's link is all you should need but can be overwhelming. There are a lot of knots!   Maybe focus on some of the ones that are more useful for fishing (this is only a list of knots I commonl
My First Bamboo Rod
Post-fishing report... 😔 Broke off the tip on my last day. The rod came with a second tip, but that second one was already short when I bought the rod... I noticed the tip top section bent and
Delaware Adams Wulff SBS
Brookie bait; tied Bomber style here. hook - TMC 5212 #10 thread - Danville 6/0 brown tail - hackle fibers brown/grizzly rib - x-small wire gold body - dubbing olive body hackle - grizzly (undersize
Can anyone identify this fly??
  Can’t seem to find any information on it when searching.    Thanks in advance!   what website did you find this fly? maybe info is there?   can you post a focused
DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss v DMC Wool Yarn
I'm trying to get the general lay of the land re uses for DMC cotton embroidery floss v DMC wool yarn... Woven flies (both?), ribbing (cotton?), dubbing (wool?), Soft hackle bodies (cotton?) Dry fly b
Tippet spool tender
I'm not at home right now, so I can't take a picture. You can buy elastic bands (for waistbands, etc.) in the sewing section of any store.  Get one in the width of the spool. Cut a section that i
Stimulator style Caddis
So this fly worked wonders for me last time I went and fished.  The fish were destroying it on the top water, and almost coming out of the water after it.  It was being hit hard!  And I
Carnage Damsel SBS
A lot of variations to the basic framework out there; just one idea here.hook - Dai Riki 135 #12thread - Danville 6/0 blackcore - 8lb Masonbody/shellback/head - 1mm foam bluewing - Congo Hair whitetho
Whiting hackles
McFly, no offense meant. Just the rusty dubbing noodle reminded me of a certain beardsman, and I thought what would you call a bearded dry fly?
Hackle gague
The main problem I have with gauges is you need a different one for each different model of hook. I include hackle size on the same slip of card I mark all the other sizes for a specific pattern &
Homemade dubbing recipes?
I have made hundreds of dubbing blends for many years, but I have never really kept track of recipes.  When I do it, I usually make more than enough to last me years.    I have used thr
"The Indispensables" Swap
  SM - Wooly Worm & Tups Indispensable Was wondering where you got the “Magic Dubbing”? The recipe I found: "1/2 fine wool from the rams indispensable part, the testicles, whic
Carp Worm
Carp are a tough fish to fish for.  However, they are really rewarding when you finally hook into one.  They pull like a freight train, and are challenging to even hook.  Many times you
Squirmy Worm Help
Dubbing works great for a simple worm. Just a very bare layer of dubbing on hook then on thread as you wrap over rubber.
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