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Little work on the site
If you see thing moved / changed on the site over the next day or two don't be alarmed, I am doing a little work on the site to make it a bit more streamlined and easier to use / find things. Few thin
Real vs Faux Bucktail Comparison
This video is a bit different, its more of a comparison between two materials.  The synthetic bucktail, and real bucktail.   From my opinion, I think they both have unique properties and dif
Exotics - carabou and camel?
Finished tying spinners and started going through "the materials box" into which anything and everything that I've used or acquired over the last five years has been tossed. I was mostly feathers and
Sad News, Member Passed
Everyone, I wanted to take a moment and share some sad news my cousin and FTF member Joe Beck passed last night. Some of you may know him as Atroutbum2, he became a member in 2004 and I know he was a
A simpler floatier Rusty Spinner?
Well the bass poppers, Clousers, crabs, shrimp, and spoon flies are done, and am moving on to trout flies. Next up is Rusty Spinners. I have been tying them with hackle wings, microfibbet tails, and b
Diluting liquid fusion
So... I have been tying some biggish head flies recently, and I am wondering if diluted Liquid Fusion (clear) would be a good alternative to UV (expensive) and Tear Mender (white residue). Has anyone
okay. which one of you guys....
....hid my box of salmon fly hooks and salmon flies i have been tying?   i cleaned of my tying desk and put them in a box for future tying and cataloging the flies.   ive searched every nook
A Neat Body for Soft Hackles
While doing some experimenting in various aspects of tying flies, as all of us often do, I found a neat way to make a somewhat shinny but slender body when tying soft hackle wet flies. Use any kind of
pink
I have browsed thru a few salt water patterns. It seems that pink is a legit color for Florida saltwater patterns. I noticed a u tube video touting bubble gum pink, paddle tail soft plastic as a top c
For guys who tie a Tarpon Fly
this thread (from another site...) should answer most of your questions about tarpon flies... It rambles a bit along  the way but does cover the ground.  I started tying for shops at the ver
Black Licorice Candy Cane Annelid
This is a fly I created specifically to fish the San Juan River during a time of the year that the water turns off color.  The San Juan River, for those of you who do not know, is a tailwater. &#
thread life
Natural materials (cotton, silk, wool) can be degraded with time and exposure to humidity. Synthetic materials (nylon, polyester, etc) are less likely.
Musky Fly, what is your favorite type of fly to tie
I enjoy tying the big stuff most. But having a a young son really limits my fishing time for now. Lately I just wanna catch something. The little stuff gets bites. So I'm trying to enjoy tying that as
HAPPINESS IS ... TRV
Congrats on the fine addition to your tying stations. Well made tools are a treat to use. This HMH model is on my wish list so please give us a full report on the function and workmanship. Killer mo
2018 has not been.....
being without heat sucks, or of the reasons I will always try to have a woodstove. I just did a couple small additions and a full re-roof along with additional framing on all 4 sides of the roof, 2 m
Western Marylander
Hello folks, I am glad to see a forum like this. I caught the bug for fly fishing in the 90s on western PA streams. Then I progressed to fly tying over the years and enjoy that during down time chasin
What weight dumbbell eyes for Clousers?
Here's a quick "how to" on outriggers... Tie up the eyes and just before tying in the wing - tie in a mono loop first, then the wing with the loop under it and facing forward.  As you finish up t
Hook Size for false albie flies
hey every one!   I am looking for some help, i have never fished for false albies, but i am heading to the gulf to fish for them the first week of march, and i am tying flies like crazy for them,
Not very common emerger
Here it is: materials: Demmon BL D400 hook size #14 Body made of biot Hackle made of guar hair fur from Hare Wing: CDC in loop         It works on trout in slow and medium fast
Need A Last-Minute Replacement For The Jig Swap
We have had a member to have to drop out because of a death in the family. And we certainly understand the necessity for that. I know it's last minute, but jigs tie up quickly, and you would only need
Fly Tyer's Dungeon- Thoughts?
Have you ever posted any bass patterns made with The Fly Tyer Dungeon's materials? I recently have begun to tie bass, musky and pike patterns. This is the box I tied for the Christmas swap, which I
Share your peeping caddis
Hi guys,  I'm curious how are your peeping caddis. Years and years I used this fly.  During time I modified the hackle position, dubbing texture,  materials , profile and so on until I
NFL
Screw that I'll be tying flies Flats I am tying flies while listening to the game on the radio instead of tv. I hope the Eagles win. I do NOT like New England.      Kevin 
Few more tubes
Very nice Piker.  I'll have to get the tube tying stuff out of the closet. Did you ever try boar bristle brushes for a hair supply source? I'm going to cut one up and steam set a curve and try it
Best Regal knock-off vise ?
why not take what you already have on your traveling fly tying excursions?   or   google "terra fly tying vises"
Magnifing Glasses or Lamp
A few years ago, while I still had 'Eye' insurance, my doctor suggested that I could get a pair of glasses for tying. The first pair was a straight 5.0 power. They were alright but I was always lookin
Atlanta fly tying show
Went there today.  It was north of Atlanta, but close enough.  It was a good show, crowded which is encouraging.  A LOT of boats, a lot of tiers, kinda slow on components.  Althoug
Useful fly catalogue
Interesting the "Snaelda" technique using the stripped cock stems...Lotta salmon/sea trout stuff...https://www.deneki.com/2016/08/the-franc-n-snaelda-tying-instructions/
6wt Blues
Tying is tying, Salty.  It's a rod, but this forum is just fine for it.
Nymphing Baitfish - Small Fry
Only place for tying stuff for me and 70 mi away...and bad about not restocking in timely manner. If you just gotta then order from flycraft, etc. Hobby shops helps on some substitutes.... Those eye
Spun Bodies
I haven't used spun hair a lot, it seemed a big hassle: but, I see on the video tubes a thing that would have made it a lot easier to learn; After cleaning all the fuzz from the butt ends of the hair
Welcome new mod- Plus news
Yay! Does this mean the fly tying database might get fixed?
Connecticut Fly Fisherman Association Expo
Small one day expo, I have always enjoyed it, good group, if you are local to CT and have nothing planned for Saturday.       Saturday, February 3 CFFA Expo & Banquet featuring Jen
Newby - Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle
I'm an old geez that's new to fly tying and fly fishing.  I started tying last fall and so far have really enjoyed the journey.  I'm tying up some flies to be gifted to a good friend that li
scissors
Any idea when you'll be restocking scissors?  Most of them are out of stock. Also, how much larger are the loops on the large loop scissors as compared to the regular loops? TIA   go to
February Flies from the Vise
GP here is most of materials. Thin skin is 1/4 inch and tapered after first 3rd of hook. Use lead wraps from that point tan thread also for better eyes use stretch craft cord from Walmart. Will provid
International Fly Tying Symposium 2018
I'm sure some of it has to do with the cost of being an exhibitor or vendor at the show.  I knew a rod builder from the FF@ list, Dave Lewis, who was at the show for several years, talking to him
Pearsall's gossamer vs Orvis Nano silk thread
Thanks. I tie simple patterns for fun and my own use. I hope to learn more patterns and the idea of using the long-time, traditional materials, like Pearsall's gossamer and floss is appealing. Fortuna
Edison Flyfishing Show review
I was there, I thought it was great.  Went all day Saturday, had a great time.  I agree, parking was very good, just like Somerset.  Last year when I was at Somerset all the tiers were
Bugger swap #2
Gents-My materials have arrived and I started banging them out this evening.Pleased with results thus far after some tweaks.Will send them out when first chance i get!
Trying to find a tool that splits quill barbs evenly
This, maybe? https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-OLD-FLY-FISHING-THOMPSON-WING-FORMER-D-H-THOMPSON-FLY-TYING-ILLINOIS/312050564576?hash=item48a7a9bde0:g:EhwAAOSwndZaZRe2 Or? https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINT
Musky Fly Swap 2018
Thanks gents, I will get to work.   All the of my Skis have came off the same fly in the past year.  Needless to say that will be the one I will be tying!
Trolling Flies
Many of the famous streamers out of Maine were designed for trolling.  I'm sure that Carrie Stevens would have been very surprised to hear that trolling her flies wasn't fly fishing.   I'm n
Fly tying scissors reviews.
Tiemco deer hair scissors. Lightweight, extremely thin, fine point, razor sharp. Cuts the little bits on small flies. I've been able to clean out materials at the hook eye when tying too close to it.
Quill Body
The body in the picture is probably 2 moose mane quills, one white and one brown.  Plumbob used to do a lot of those (remember Plumbob?).  Like Flytire, I use inexpensive capes and saddles f
HMH TRV Edison NJ Show
Lovely vise ! Enjoy it ! May it bring you many hours of great tying.   Been cranking out flies the last couple of nights when I get home from the show....   Already know I made the right
Big stuff
Those are all really cool. I have no salt tying experience but sure do appreciate what you're doing.
Wading boot studs
Not so funny, so much for emoticons. So is it that felt transmits it more than other materials, or is it that bleach wrecks felt but not so much the new rubber soles, or just the obvious that felt nee
Substitute for jungle cock eyes
Honestly there is no substitute. I wouldn't spend the money either , for years trying this and that and the fakes too. Never satisfied I tied my flies without cock eyes. Then for my birthday my wife d
Richmond VA free fly tying class
Peartree , if you have the time , come take the class again . I go every time they offer it but I bring my own materials to keep it interesting .
Bunny Leech Light
I use this bunny leech the most for nymphing.  I know it sounds weird, but this streamer works great for an attractor.  I will drop a small midge behind this, and fish it under an indicator
Our Favorite Things?
As you can all expect ... my favorite tying materials are Flip Flops, Raccoon Tail, bead chain and anything I can get for cheap.   My least favorite materials are anything I have to shell out lar
For the Love of Golden Pheasant Tippets
I have always loved the look of the colorful orange and black golden pheasant tippets. While tying up some pheasant tail nymphs which use only pheasant tail fibers (except maybe for some peacock hurl)
Danville not marking colors on thread spools?
i wouldnt think that the color of the thread is that hard to determine without putting it on the spool sticker (unless youre color blind then its helpful)   its not like tying threads comes in th
Dragons tails?
Rabbit strip tails (or any synthetic substitute) come with built in liabilities - particularly as the tail used gets longer.... Mostly that has to do with fouling around the hook bend once you lay one
Suggestions for tying Sparkle yarn on bottom of hook curve
So I tied my 5th LaFontaine's Sparkle Deep Sparkle Pupa, and I have just one problem:  what is the secret to tying the Sparkle Emerger Yarn (or any frayed material) on the underside curve of
Return from Hiatus...
I'd like to say hello to all, as I return to this forum after a nearly 7 year hiatus - my last login was June 28,2011. Much has happened in the past 7 years, including much fly fishing, graduating fr
Patagonia Report
Norm, Thanks for transforming the numbers and letters into pictures, much like you transform materials into beautiful flies. I really enjoy the pictures of your work and appreciate your responses to p
Synthetic peacock dubbing for bodies....
competetive angler is very good at sending out orders in a timely manner. highly recommended   sign up for their special emails   they have a lot of european tying materials
Leader making
Over the years I have put a lot of money into buying tapered leaders.That ends now.   that's funny-  back when I thought I was a Really Smart fly fisherman, I put a lot of money into bu
Soft Hackled Nymph Swap
I'll come up with one that's going to make that look like it was done by a fly tying demigod. 
What's laying on your table swap
Shucks Man, I just re-organized my bench, down to orange level alert from Code Red flashing.   I am in for a dozen Gunfire-noise-suppressing poppers made from various foam ear protectors probably
How much does a large muskie fly weigh when wet?
I would recommend tying it using mostly synthetic materials as they won't soak up much water. Check out fly tyers dungeon for done good deals on flash and other synthetics.
Driving around Richmond, VA
Literally, I drove AROUND Richmond.  I started at the airport (East side) and headed north to Ashland.  There I met with PowerShooter (Bo Hamby) and visited with him for about 4 minutes.
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