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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
UV torches
the tying indusrty (uv retailers) is not buying anything special, theyre just charging a higher premium for the exact same light you can buy on amazon or ebay for $6.95 or even less   dont be foo
How to Make Perfect Booby Eyes (Video)
I have a similar set of foam cutters.  Never thought of putting the smaller ones into a drill.  I do mine the same way that flytire does, just tie in a foam cylinder then trim them to the si
RIP Dick Miller
I received word today that the man who taught me to tie flies has passed away. Dick Miller was an elementary school 5th and 6th grade teacher in Grants Pass, Oregon. In the mid 1950's schools had afte
Thanks for the clarification....Always wondered where the WD40 oil spray came about....WoodDuck40. Oh yeah! Haha. Not sure where the 40 comes from for sure, but some say its cause he could tie 40 a
Source of foam for fly box
Try the Hopper Store.... A bunch of foam in different colors and thicknesses, ....although it is intended for making bugs not storin
The new kid on the block
After only one year on a driving range, he shot a 2 over par.   I reckon his version of "best" is the hardest rod/line/flies to use, since that will provide the greatest challenge.  I
Looking For Advice
Any plastic/rubber material will get "dry rot" and weaken.  If you're fishing them within, say, a month of tying them, rubber bands will last just fine.  if you're tying them to fill a box t
Letís talk decals
Ready to deck out my truck with some decals. Mostly interested in fishing decals but hunting ones are on the agenda too. What artists in flyfishing/tying do yall like that makes decals? Links are appr
Jungle cockcapes
Here is a source I have used before: Lathkill Fly Fishing They are in England, shipping is around $7.00. Prices are in Pound Sterling which is about $1.30 US do
Fly Fishing and Fly Tying "Q & A"
I started a new concept for my YouTube videos, answering questions from viewers.  In my first "Q & A", I answered a variety of fly fishing and fly tying questions.  If you are able to ad
Identifying Feather
backyard find. not much tying with this one. no bird around looking for it. no feather police around either  
Soft Hackle Emerging Caddis
Nice easy pattern Sean. BTW pro video and the material list makes it so convenient when tying.
An Omen?
I thought you were going to say that at the time you were tying an adult stone and the likeness was so remarkable that the real thing flew over and tried to mate with it.
Favorite Brookie Patterns
Thanks Philly!  I was thinking about tying up some white marabou streamers for when I make my way back down the river if a dry/dropper rig is not working.
A little introduction of myself
Hello all I am Jcb68 from Northwest CT. I am a spin fisherman who has been fishing the Farmington River for 25+ years. I have always been interested in fly fishing and tying as well. So I am now going
Modern Mickey Finn
Yeah, it isn't for everyone, and it isn't meant for casting. My clients keep buying them, so I keep making them. It isn't any harder to fish than any huge saltwater fly. Remember I'm not a fly fisherm
Digital Fly Journal
I've had several different systems. I've abandoned each in favor of a new one. Ultimately the only system that seems to work for me at this time is to sit down and face my vise.  There's always s
CDC Hatchmaster
That's a cool fly, nice job tying it too ! Hah,I just ordered some deer hair and bucktail and stuff but don't own a single feather of CDC. I still tie the old fashion way I guess.
Summer Steelhead Fly
Been a few years I have fished for Steelhead. When they are running it's a two hour drive and it is crowded and most of them are aholes. I have seen people tying on a new fly and some dick steps up ne
Classic Smoky Mountain Flies
Been taking a break from tying saltwater stuff and might get to make a trip up to the smokies later this month so I've been tying stuff that is supposed to work up there. Already got neversinks, stimu
Dziendobry from Illinois
Dziendobry or Hello, My name is Mat and I am from Illinois. I was born in Poland but I have been living in USA for last 14 years. I joined USMC after high school as a machine gunner. Deployed twice,on
my best sedge flies
You tie beautiful flies.  If I may ask, how long have you been tying flies?  Thanks for showing your work.
cellulose enamel
I have used Cellire for quite a few years. As for noxious fumes or toxic side effects its certainly not as bad as regular head cement. I can't vouch for any of these sources, but a quick Google search
Marc Petitjean CDC book
Intriguing. I had not known about this book. Price seems unimportant to me if you are a Petitjean fan (it is his only book after all), but it looks like a limited printing only available currently fro
Rain please, PLEASE NOW!
Apparently it was started deliberately. I don't have any more details, lots of gossip going around, but that was from one of the fire fighters. Still no sign of rain. The way the village has come toge
Rod Recommendations
Not sure I'd start a rod building adventure with my first rod being a carp rod . I guess everyone's results vary but my first builds were not exactly stellar. I'm well pleased now some 20+ year later
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
new here
Welcome to the site, Mo.    Depending on where you are, there might be clubs/tying meetings where you can have fun learning AND tying a fly at the same time.  Might even be members who
Hallo from Kenya.
are you trying to promote your fly tying business?
Older Style Bobbin Question
Gene L, you are probably right. I never thought of that. Try to find tying thread nowadays with a wooden spool!Joe
July Flies From the Vise
Tied without glasses and a severe CTS flare up. Carpal tunnel syndrome. Wrist is swellellef double normal and fused feeling during tie. Was fuzzy because lost 2 glasses for doing small flies. Holy
My flies for my first saltwater trip
Thanks Bob for the great advice! Indeed if my guide is any good and fun to be with, He will be allowed a decent pick of my flies if he so wishes! I've already bough a Montreal Canadians Hockey te
Body Material for Saltwater Popping Bugs
Thanks to all of you guys (and/or ladies) for the responses.  The first place I'll check out is Bass Pro since we have one here in our little town (Daphne, Al).   The one that I'm tying (or
Thread recommendations
And watch out for the hook point!!!! Always. Still gets me from time to time but I avoid it for the most part. The issue isn't breaking the thread so much as fraying. But even that is secondary to ju
Tried for bass, caught cats instead
Cool video there, Willy! I like your approach with tying on some flies on a spin rod, that's how I started out before I knew how to fly-cast.    Have you ever tried fly-casting? Those golden
Best Tyer Ever?
To be honest, I am not familiar with many of these names listed above. Me being more connected with social media and the saltwater fly tying game, I see different stuff. Maybe not now, but in the fut
Maine Woods
Hey all.   I'm from Maine. Some of my favorite and oldest memories are of fishing. I love taking my boys fishing - there's nothing like seeing their face when they have a fish on and then when it
Killiefish/Mummichog imitations?
Hi,   I mostly fish saltwater in the northeast and am pretty new to fly tying. I buy the majority of my flies but supplement my flybox with some homemade flies. Recently, the area I fish in
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
I read your article with interest and plan on tying a few flies with rolling weed guards. Have you thought about how the bead might affect the motion of the fly?  Or using heavier bead to get the
Fifty Fly Project
Syl's Midge, Sylvester Nemes, 1991. Another pattern that struck me after tying it.  More of these are in my box.
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
The Amazing Dry Fly Bite!
  Put any kind of fish in a school, and they're easier to catch because they need to beat each other to the food     or I didnt know what to use, and thats why I wasnt catchin
Whip finisher for midges?
I have a rough sharpening stone that I use to sand my fingers and thumbs before tying flies.  I take the callouses and dry skin off.  You don't have to take so much that you're "extra sensit
Fly Tying Books
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Standard Nymph Hook, Standard Wire, Standard Shank, Question
I mainly use the TMC 101 for my small nymphs, as I have an aversion to down eyed hooks.  I think I have them down to a size 30.  Don't tie anything that small these days.  I use the TMC
DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss v DMC Wool Yarn
I like em. You tying the floss in with tying thread or just use the floss in the spool as if it were a tying thread body? I'm tying in with 8/0. I think the bodies would be too bulky on the smaller s
Make sure to post pictures and ask lots of questions about your flies. When I was first starting out, I was super "rebellious" and probably was a jerk, but I did listed to what these forum members had
Stimulator style Caddis
I like the fly and plan on tying and fishing it.  Thanks for the video and instructions.
Carnage Damsel SBS
Phil, Thanks for the kind words. Adam Trina came up with the original Carnage, using a heavily waxed needle to create the body. I started tying those but found I couldn't get consistent results and m
Hatches Blog Post - How to Tie an Easy Zonker Fly Pattern
An easy to follow fly tying video of a Zonker style pattern for trout or bass.[url=]View the full article[/url]
Whiting hackles
Many great flies were tied by thousands of tyers back before genetic hackle. You guys are splitting hairs. Get the color and size you want, and buy what you are comfortable paying for. Whatever you ge
Marsh or Beach swap
Got it. Don't normally look over here but being a salt guy it looked like a good place for me to start. I'll check back in the fall. If I don't sign up early, ping me on the tying side. Thanks
Micro Todd's wiggle minnow
You might try tying it on a Daiichi 1260 or 1270. These are curved hooks that I have used for terrsstials. If you need something heavier, maybe the 1760 or the Alec Jackson spey.
Hackle gague
I have been fly tying, and fishing my flies for more than 50 years, and I have never seen a trout with a hackle gauge.  Anglers are much more picky than the trout.   Yes this is true.
Homemade dubbing recipes?
Marc Fauvet put this up again on his The Limp Cobra Blog site. It is probably the best dubbing tutorial ever compiled. It was put together by Dennis Shaw on Dennis’ site UK Fly Dressin
"The Indispensables" Swap
David, there are so many qualities of calf tail for fly tying it can drive ya' nuts. I have a pile of tails and a  couple are a thing of beauty to tie with  and others are virtually impossib
Swiss Vise
Tried doing a search, couldn't find a thread about it. Adam mentions his vise here. He's the one tying all the big pike flies with one.
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
Static electricity
I've learned over the years that a few different techniques work with materials and static.. The first is quite simple - instead of using that dryer sheet on the material - I simply "dry-wash" my hand
Utah Killer Bug
Just watched the video for the 3rd time. Definitely a quick and simple tie. Perfect for some tying classes I teach. But best of all, it looks like it will catch a kreel full of fish. I like it. The pr
Squirmy Worm Help (Click "tying instructions" below the main pic to hyperlink to the sbs).
Green Peter Muddler (Carnage variation) SBS
I like these loch flies you have been tying lately! Should you want to tie these in larger sizes, mottled turkey wing would make a good pheasant sub.
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