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Tying the Stud by Loren Williams

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Realism: An Emerging Caddis and a Walking Crayfish

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Half Hitch

Tarnished Silver
  tarnished silver   hook - salmon style thread - black tag - flat silver tinsel tail - golden pheasant crest ribbing - oval gold tinsel body - rear half - flat copper tinsel; front half -
October Flies from the Vise
  tarnished silver   hook - salmon style thread - black tag - flat silver tinsel tail - golden pheasant crest ribbing - oval gold tinsel body - rear half - flat copper tinsel; front half -
Nalle Puh (Winnie the Pooh) SBS
Considered the national fly of Finland, created by Simo Lumme; a caddis imitation. Original is tied with a bear hair wing; smoke 'em if you've got 'em, I guess. hook - Dai Riki 300 #10 thread - UTC
Favorite hackle colors
You could hunt for a whiting intro pack with black, cream and brown, and double up on grizzly. $65 for four half capes. Normally $25 or so a piece.
Small Creek Fishing with the New 2019 Redington Butterstick
To pick up on a couple things that you said:   1) I think your comparison with the Superfine is an apt.  I test cast a new model Butterstick 7 1/2' four weight and thought that it was so si
Roadkill question
salt in a jar will work, but I would use a tray so that it can lay flat/straight (top half of egg carton might work) and cover the entire thing with 20 Mule Team Borax from the laundry shelf at your g
Hornet SBS
Found this interesting pattern on a Finnish site; not sure of it's origins. hook Dai Riki 730 #8 thread - MFC 8/0 sand tail - deer hair body - dubbing orange hackle - grizzly head - deer hair Mash b
What do you sit on?
I have a cushioned craftsman swivel shop stool with an adjustable back that I sit in when I'm thinking about what I'm going to do next. i have a tall work bench and prefer standing at the vise. Since
I'm hour and half from M'sipi Gulf Coast, Biloxi and Pass Christian(my sister lives there). My son in law was raised in Slidell and has a bay boat and we fish Ponchatrain and Biloxi Marsh when we get
Did you add some lead line or other weight to the side of the hook opposite the point - what would be the underside of a real crawdad? I'm wondering whether doing that would help it sink faster after
The Nail Soup Swap
When I was just a kid in grade school, we read a story called "Nail Soup", which for some reason has stuck in my mind to this day. I was thinking about it tonight, and decided to see if I could locate
First stab at Materials...
I made my first bodkin from a dowel and a needle,  I made another  with a bottle cork handle and a smaller needle my whip finishers are the fancy ones, because they were the only two availab
Daniel's Coachman (Bomber variation) SBS
Making the original suitable for rougher water. Calftail wing would be more traditional but I was looking to keep the tie-down area slimmer. hook Dai Riki 125 #10 thread - MFC 8/0 brown tail - moos
Mobile AL/ Gulf Shores Fly Fishing
My wife and I lived in Gulf Shores.  West Beach was a good area to fly fish, walk the beach and wade out in the Gulf of Mexico.  The only fly shop was in Fairhope Al. about half hour away.&#
radio controlled modelling
Yep ... that jet ain't cheap !!!   I remember, when I was about 10, I was given an airplane.  Little RC two stroke engine.  P-51 with a prop and "realistic" paint job.  Two strings
Tube Fly Materials
All my tube fly parts have been purchased at Bears Den in Taunton Ma. It's a 40 minute drive for me when traffic is good so I can see in person what I'm buying. They stock a decent enough selection of
The Essential Fly Box
Congrats TC, but as for the belly and the vise I will say mine saves me a lot of things that would otherwise hit the floor. I build a seal between me and the tying table with it. Having been a proud P
September Flies From the Vise
Sandman Great ties. Not sure what you do for extended bodies but I do them in 20s fast and easy with a trick tip that uses a tube. I one upped it and use surgical tube so I can control the Feather o
furled leaders vs hand tied leaders for bass
I use both. I love furled leaders. Yes they hold onto water a little but I've never had a drop hit my glasses. I also don't have a single problem with them sinking. I rub them down with green mucilin
5wt line on 6wt rod
I have bought several glass rods at garage sales for 10 to 20 bucks in great condition.  Finding reels are harder, but when I do, there is usually line on it and half the time the line is still i
Presentation case
If I were to hang a box of flies on my wall it would have to be of superb quality. If I were paying homage to something it would be of superb quality. if I were giving something to somebody it would h
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
I use to do blood knots, when building leaders, but have long since switched to the double surgeons knot.  Super easy to tie.  I can do it in a howling gale with half frozen frozen fingers,
Guadelupe River with a 3wt...
Oh I didnt take it as you dissing, just was explaining that it was big for me. Hahahaha I would say that they fight hard but, carp are harder fighters in my opinion. I caught a 31 carp on a 5wt befo
Well all I can say is making these videos is not easy. So I imagine it takes him a long time also. I have one camera so I have to move it and re-establish shot every time I change angle. He does an
Threadfin Shad Lure
Hey hey !!! I can see what you're doing on this video !!   Much better angle than the last one.  Interesting lure.  Cut that disc to about half it's diameter, and it would cast well eno
How do you like to land larger smallmouth?
 Also, I fish big largemouth and sorry, it's not the same game  as a 18+" river smallie, the bucket mouths roll over and wave the white flag much more quickly.   that is a fact righ
August Flies From the Vise
  New Trier (Original recipe)   Hook – streamer style Thread – black Tag – fine copper wire & yellow floss Tail – golden pheasant crest Butt – peacock herl
autumn silver
All of my early tarpon (all those years ago...) were night fish up to about 40lbs and every one of them were taken on an 8 or 9wt rod with that first generation Scientific Anglers reel (actually a Har
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
I've always seen and tied this with a shorter tail - more like half a shank length.  Personal preference I suppose...  Nice video.
The new kid on the block
Good Morning Gentlemen,  I am efdjr from the state of Georgia. Like most started fishing with a cane pole as soon as I could walk. My dad was a serious outdoorsman and with 3 brothers we all fish
Looking For Advice
I learned a long time ago that rubber rots and latex disintegrates over time. The late Shane Stalcup came up with D-Rib and Glitter D-Rib. It isn't the vinyl junk that comes on spools. Hareline now di
Made some old cane poles
When I was a child, Dad and his friend hung poles in the barn loft for a couple years to dry before using them. I used to make a tiptop guide from a hay wire, so that I could use more or less line and
Nymph Fishing Rods
But as this thread developed, I also realized that the short line, tight line method of Towendolly & Fay was not really nymph specific either, a look at their favorite fly as pictured by chugbug2
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
Well Iím stoked/pumped up!!!
Last minute trip due to family that really wants to see me. I cant afford this so they paid my air fair and I dont need any money when I get there. Going to my 41st High School of my budd
MFC Boat Box review
Wanted to review a product I have wanted for a long time:The MFC Boat Box! 1) Aside from good lookin',this sucker is stout!I feel I could drop it from the truck or boat and it be just fine. 2)Water pr
July Flies From the Vise
A half dozen Dying Scuds for a friend.Have to say I enjoy my friends having success when they are on the water. When they ask for flies it is because they believe they can catch fish with my flies. Ki
My flies for my first saltwater trip
The only items I'd want to bring with your fly selection would be a couple of tools that would allow you to do a bit of modification, if needed, on the water.  A small pair of scissors for trimmi
Au Sable trout & bass
 Pictures from the past few days on the Au Sable. Spent Sun-Wed fishing streamers and dry flies for trout and bass. Weather was nice and temps weren't too high, fishing was a bit tough at times b
Best Tyer Ever?
  Or for that matter, some unknown Chinese lady tying flies commercially for the like of Umpqua. That made me laugh, there are probably some amazing Fly Tyers overseas who may have never c
Roll casting with a short 3wt.
With a short rod roll casting may be a little harder. But a double taper line will make a huge difference regardless.   Since I several rods I have played around with over lining and under lining
oh my....
the other half of the building finally gave way  
Poor Man's Airbrush
Depends on how deep you want to get into it. Make a dozen a year yeah that and the Copic is fine. Those cans are what? $4-$7 each and the markers...Copics are $7-$8 and you will go through them like d
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)
There's a little place I know...
Islander, just go on Google Maps and search Daggett Lake Orangeville Township, MI. It should pop right up.   In case anyone thinks I'm nuts for giving away the location of a favorite fishing spot
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
Whole lot'o rods!
Nope not an Anglers Roost blank. I'm actually not dealing with the guy at Anglers Roost that much now he's become extremely hard to deal with and half the time sends the wrong items other than what wa
Father's Day Fishing Stories
Great video Willie, thanks. My situation with fishing is different. Though I never knew it until he told me in my 20's or 30's, my dad hated fishing, doesn't like he water, hated boats, but took me a
DMC Cotton Embroidery Floss v DMC Wool Yarn
Noah, I like em. Amazing how effective such a simple fly is. Chug, When I tie midges like Noah posted I use 10/0 thread to start. Once I have the floss tied in I finish with the floss. Just a couple o
Im Terry, from Decatur, TX  "Eighter from Decatur, County Seat of Wise".  This saying came around during WWII.  It was a way that locals from Decatur had of identifying where they were
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
I remember at least three of Petegray's spider in the last few years.  Two on corners of the house and one in foliage near the adjacent pond.  If memory serves they have shown up sometime in
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
Sink hole in the Spring
Current at that big rock is pretty hard to manage or so I've read. It is said to be the result of blasting years ago and I suspect the state to blast off the face of that present hole and create a chu
Whiting hackles
I'm all for bargain shopping, but its not only the quality of the feather that amazes,... after tying just a little over a dozen #16 dries on my Ewing $20 half cape I started feeling like maybe I bet
Marsh or Beach swap
ATX I think you’ve got it right but it’s all one swap. So at the end everyone will end up with 12 flies with half being for the beach and half for the marsh. If we can get to 6 people I
Micro Todd's wiggle minnow
I haven't tried the Wiggle Minnow but over the years I've fooled with lipped flies.  Still have a few of them somewhere in my storage boxes.  I had similar problems with the fly twisting rat
Hackle gague
  I measure most everything against the hook shank. Somehow thats easier than measuring hackle against the gap The shank is the gauge. The gape is 2/3 the hackle size or the hackle is 1.5 the g
"The Indispensables" Swap
surgery went great just a little sore. its gonna take a freaking month to wash off all that betadine they paint on your body and all that residual glue left over from those sticky pad they use for the
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
Green Peter Muddler (Carnage variation) SBS
Had to dig a bit to find hen pheasant wing long enough for this one; a #12 would have been much easier. Tried Uni thread cuz that's what Mr. Mcphail uses; popped it twice on the head and I wasn't pu
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