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First stab at Materials...
I made the mistake of buying a kit about 40 years ago and although all the tools and materials were covered, they were very poor quality.  As others have said, it is difficult to create flies you
Finish that book!   Thank you. I am working on it.   It helps to get a boot in the rear every now and then.   I also have a buddy working on a comprehensive but sane and normal
Dubbing Brush
Ok then.  I'm rebuilding a new computer, around two giant hard drives.  Haven't finished.  It's booting but no image making yet. I made this one yesterday, before I started hard drive h
Natural CDC
  Is there anyone who knows how to procure bulk natural CDC (no dies, no sorting, just bulk)?     what do you consider bulk? in grams, ounces, pounds?     since youre look
Presentation case
Beyond 99% of us I am sure. But if anyone ever wants to go all out on creating fly plates and have the where-with-all to acquire the necessary mat cutting and other equipment, the most elaborate fly p
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
Jellystone -- snipped from a bass tube. Dimpled on a needle. Tied (loosely) to a thread-wrapped hook. Then glued in place. Legs sewn in with a rubberleg needle. ...........the rubberleg stitch...
Didn't catch nuthin'...
Low water flows are making fishing tough in Colorado this year. If the flows were higher you could have hit some smaller creeks and caught brookies on dries all day, but with the current flows, as soo
August Flies From the Vise
Bobber Hopper .........I didn't sew in rubberlegs on this one but I usually do. Closed cell foam and a gold colored Sharpie pen. Flat nylon thread.CA glue (ZapAGap) fixes the body to a thread wrapped
7'6" 1wt 4pc
Mine, mine, all mine ! You did a fantastic job Steve and in time for my Montana trip . Thank you !!!
Standard Nymph Hook, Standard Wire, Standard Shank, Question
There are different standards for different types of hooks.  Dry fly hooks are on "standard" weight and lighter weight wire.  The " standard" length is whatever the manufacturer says is "sta
Any news on the creature?
mystery solved
River Road Creations wing cutters?
If these are the same then check Montana Fly Company makes them. I have attached pics of the cutter as well as an unsinkable, extremely fast to tie, caddis that has worked for me :) I like them a lot
April Flies From The Vise
Montana's Hybrid Carp Fly (kinda) Playing around with ideas for something a bit different this summer hook - Dai Riki 135 #6 thread - Danville 6/0 black tail - Ultra Chenille standard red body - Krys
Mono rigging
States and national parks like Yellowstone have legal definitions of what is and is not fly fishing. Other states do not distinguish between flies and lures, grouping them into artificial baits.  
Biscayne nights on the fly, 27 February, 2018
We fished nights this past weekend - on Saturday with Jonathan Wexler from Denver and on Sunday with James Warren from Bozeman, Montana - and it was on....   We only used fly fishing gear both ni
Wading boot studs
It gets even worse. So we now know that felt does not cause didymo blooms. We know that didymo has been there all along.   But did you know that the states that outlawed felt soled boots still al
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
Brrrrr...! How low can you go?
That is an awesome name for a liquor store. I love it! Dropped some animals off in Montana to be skinned for fur once and the lady proprietors proudly wore shits called the skinning bitches. One to
Hatch Calendar SW Montana
[background=#f5f5f5]This Hatch Calendar is provided for those of you planning to visit SW Montana in particular Beaverhead County and parts of Madison County.   The rivers included are the B
Salmon Flies that Look Real and are Unsinkable
Cool idea. I also love tying salmonfly dries, it's a hatch I really look forward to every year. One of the rivers I fish the hatch on is very fast and turbulent, even flies with lots of foam won't s
Christmas brookies on a coyote streamer
Right on bowmike.  I love your attitude.  Your pics beautifully depict how unique each fish can be from the other, no matter what size.  I am born and raised in SW Montana (spoiled
Bling Midge
My $.02. i agree with McFly. 5-6x flouro. Nothing bigger than 22. 24's and 26's mostly. You can fish two flies and the hooks have to be barbless. I've had good luck fishing under a clear small Air-Loc
Time to fix a stupid choice!
Hey Everyone - A little over 4 years ago I moved from Montana to Oklahoma for work.   All in all, we like OKC, but obviously miss the rivers and the mountains.   During the move pr
Shoutout from Utah!
Welcome from Montana!  You will find a very helpful, dedicated group of fly tyers and fly fisher folks here. Ask detailed questions and you will get good results.
November Flies from the Vise
#26 Adams is my limit 26? I wish! 12 is the smallest I can decently tie. And that is arguable :)5A297834-4C84-4534-8A3C-A13E402B27AC.jpeg Nice Montana nymph, often fished sizes 12-6 out West
October flesh from the vise
  Fshng2, great tie! That makes me want to size that way down and change the mop to orange for an alevin pattern.   Thanks Haz that would work, I posted one like that in the fly tying
The River Runs Through It - 25 Years Later
This movie absolutely changed my life and my fly fishing ............. forever.  I'm a SW Montana native and have fly fished for over 50 years.  "The Movie" immediately brought thr
Intruders for Trout
Swing mostly, although I will sometimes jig it a bit to get their attention.  Floating or sinking shooting head lines.  I usually use a fast sinking head rather than weight the fly, but if y
About the evolution of YOUR fly tying.
ditto on the chenille.  I bought a skein of black and one of yellow about 30 years ago when I tied the Montana Nymph and buggers.  I still tie lots of buggers or bugger styles using dyed sea
Small Hopper Pattern Wanted
I'd not worry too much or get too technical. Something like a bullethead caddis with a yellow body and some rubber legs thrown on should suffice. Put a little foam under the body if you want a bit mor
Started shopping at new shop
jstockard advertises "10000 fly tying items in stock" which is a little misleading. they probably have multiple quantities of different fly tying materials but i doubt they have 10000 individual items
July Flies from the Vise
[attachment=63636:DSCN1273.JPG][attachment=63637:DSCN1274.JPG][attachment=63638:DSCN1275.JPG][attachment=63639:DSCN1276.JPG] Montana bugger in two variations
Moving from beginner's vise to a rotary vise
I have several vises, rotary and true rotary. I tend to use different vises types of flies. I use an inexpensive Silverado for dries because it is comfortable to place my hand on the vise when tying.
Remebering George Croonenbergs
Not really too much off topic, so here's another story about a different person that had a part in that movie, that died back in late 2010. He was the guy that played the elder Norman Maclean at the v
Fly Tying Article
1) I tie because it keeps me connected to the sport I love when I can't actually be doing it, plus I get satisfaction out of fooling a fish on something I created with my own hands. 2) Every fly fish
June Flies from the Vise
MORE MONTANA / YNP FLY PATTERNS FOR FALL – 2017…(In Progress)     FIREHOLE FLOSS NECTOPSYCHE – Daiichi 1110, #14 – #16…     PT/TB
Anyone ever tried a product called "Chew Balls"?
Ever tried hot melt glue and glue gun technique?  Don't know if I have seen it in Canada.  Bought mine out of a shop in Montana Years ago.
Invader Zim (really just an over complicated feather game changer)
It's been a long time since my last post, however ive done anything but stop tying. Between tying commercially, working in the shop, and attempting to catch fish I occasionally get time to tie funky f
Help with a couple recipe's
stone: im certainly no expert but my first thought was ostrich herl for the stonebomb. also a rusty? orange tag at the butt it looks like. and possibly a copper colored wire rib i can faintly make out
May Flies from the Vise
  SPANFLEX PSYCHO PRINCEs (Yellow)…#14’s…     FLY BOX OF NYMPHS … For Montana, Summer 2017…       PT/TB
Morrish May Day (Carnage variation) SBS
  Rivers are up around here this time of year; not a place for dubbed-body flies.  Fight foam with foam.       Tied here as a Purple Haze; change color/size to suit your ne
Fishing in Montana for a month HELP
I know your question is about Montana.  However, there are some places to consider on the way.  I live in the bay area and used to fish Idaho and Montana for over 27 years.  From the ba
April Flies from the Vise
  ZEPUPALON (Hydropsyche) – Rowan Nyman/Variant- Daiichi 1560, weighted, #16…     MVP’s CHARTREUSE…#14’s…     PT/TB
Hello from Red Lodge
Welcome Kyle, from Buffalo, Wyoming here.   Fish Montana quite often, usually have a year-round license to hit the Big Horn and Tongue River Reservoir.   You will enjoy this place!
Video from my trip to Montana!
Enjoyed the video, thanks for sharing. Montana is on my Bucket list for sure.   Mike
A new rod on the San Juan River!
Thanks Native!  :) You know I love the Durango and Navaho Lake tailwaters almost as much as my Wyoming and Montana hideouts. Spent a week camped at Vallacito Reservoir. Guys fished every day,
March Flies From The Vise
  YELLOW QUILL SILVER NYMPH – TMC 113 BLH, #12 – #16…     KREINIK C&C BUG(s)…#18’s…     Materials KREINIK C&C BUG… &#
Salt Hook Size?
IME, the chief consideration in selecting hook size (outside of pure strength) is how it affects the way a fly swims. Otherwise, tying all your flies on smaller hooks is unlikely to make enough differ
Best Fly Tying Vise for the Money Reviews 2017
The Odyssey can model would be nice so would mongoose with the cam jaws it is a bit more money though. I use an Anvil atlas and have been happy with it, I would probably go with the Montana mongoose i
2nd Australian Casting for Recovery Donation Swap
So, I'll get mine on the way tomorrow. Never was really sure of what you were looking for in flies but you can sort these out. Included are 3 Royal Wullfs with pink calf tail just bought from member.
Butte Ugly Swap-Register here-Open Feb 16
Don't know anything about the Montana butte stuff but my butte ugly fly is tried and true and also has the right colors.      
Wading Boots and Attire Advice
Okay everyone before I continue with my questions I did indeed do a search on Wading Boots from previous posts and there were a few posts out there but nothing recent.  I ran acr
South African in Latvia, Northern Europe
Hey All, I'm a South African who lives in Latvia,  Recently started tying, needless to say I'm hooked.  Fly Fishing all over Europe, Russia and Africa, hopefully one day able to fish the Ame
Getting started tying soft hackles
You made a comment about small neat heads, so I will share my technique with you for the hackle.  Before I wrap the body-- I tie in the feather, say partridge, with the tip pointing forward over
Feb flies from the vise
midge box done and ready for a possible trip to colorado/montana/wyoming/new mexico Speaking for the
some random materials
I picked up some random stuff I super cheap I figured I'd share with you all if interested. Let's say 2 bucks an item 3 for shipping no matter how many you get get 5 I'll a couple in for free limit pa
Free Hooks!
If the hook is a 6-8, I tie a bead head rubber legs stone. I like Montana Fly Co. Spekled Sexi Floss for the legs and abdomen and variegated chenille for the thorax. In size 8-10 you could also t
Stimulator Dry fly. Advice on proportions.
Montana bound ! Montana bound ! It's good to be Montana bound ! More important than the looks of your fly, have a great trip !!
Looking for a 9wt reel that won't break the bank.
Watch Cabelas for Lamson discontinued reels. I picked up two Konic's a few years back in Saskatoon for $100.00. They are great for a 8-9 wt and found some spools for $50.00 in Montana ( when the doll
Czech Style Tying
Hi group, A number of years ago, a supplier called us and offered to sell us his complete inventory of unweighted jig hooks, so we bought the bunch (10,000 or so as I remember). The way these jig hook
Creating Realistic Transparent Wings
I imagine you will want something that will rotate the number of decent rotary vises in that price range is pretty slim, I would recommend the Montana mongoose not sure if I'd capable of doing tube Fl
Last Santa thread of the year...
Guess it was the flies that I tied that got lost. Sorry L'il Dave I had requested that they be sent to you. Was looking forward to telling you some a few stories behind a few of those flies. If I ev
Favorite Wet Fly ?
  Please, I plead with you PLEASE. The Partridge and Orange is a very old traditional dressing. It consists of Dark orange, almost chestnut silk and a partridge hackle mostly grey with a hint
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