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Foam Stone by Scott Patterson

Night Hawk - Brad Burden "Spey" Version - by Frank G. Swarner III

The Ray Bergman Collection - 39) Blue Quill

Ibis & White by John McCoy

Brassed Off by Dave Wiltshire

Tube Flies and Beads - Rigging for Steelhead and Salmon

Northern Pike

Spent the day yesterday on the Au Sable chasing pike on the fly. Somewhat brutal conditions with temps in the 20's, snow, sleet, sun here and there. Guides iced up about every 5th cast so was continua
Fugly Packer How well do these work?
Ok, First, We need to determine the type of fly you are tying. If your tying small flies for trout like muddlers or  small divers, than many styles of packers work fine. BUT! If you are doing lar
November Flies from the Vise
The flies in this thread are crazy good, but so is the photography.   I'm going to post some stuff, here's where my beginner status becomes evident.   I challenged myself to tie some #26s.
what would you tie.....
Top hook marabou leech jig w dumbbell eyes, bottom hook large keel pike/bass streamer also with dumbbells, would like a wider hook gap on both
Feather Thief
 Migratory Bird Treaty Act - 1918:    “The MBTA was determined to put an end to the commercial trade in birds and their feathers that, by the early years of the 20th century, had
What do folk use.
I know...   Forgot to mention, those first three pics are of the Tarpon Snake - one of my royalty patterns that is also in demand as a pike and musky fly (it also tears up Giant Trevally over in
Hares Ear
     Any recommendations for getting the info of any specific flies history? Not really.  There are just too many different traditions  -- Catskills vs Rocky Mountains vs
Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Books & DVD's
(All plus postage)   The Art of Fly Tying, by John Van Vliet (a good beginner's book) - $5 This book guides you through all the tying basics with easy to follow instructions and great color pictu
Small Creek Fishing with the New 2019 Redington Butterstick
My comment for the "GSTQ" delay was for down stream casts and takes. In that situation you have to wait for the fish to turn on the take, otherwise you will pull the fly out of the fishes mouth before
A Mickey Finn for Finnatics
It is also a great steelhead fly.   Finding good bright red bucktails is not easy.  Lots of washed out ones on offer.    Rocco  I got two new red tail cuts this year, One
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
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
Hardest fighting freshwater fish?
Pound for pound, I'd have to agree with mikechell.  But that is really hard to call if you've ever fought a carp or a pike on a fly rod. 
With Kids Spring Winter And Summer at City Park New Orleans
Looks like I'm going to be spending some time with my kids in New Orleans in the spring and winter, and a lot of time in the summer, starting as early as this winter. My daughter (12) is just getting
August Flies From the Vise
If his wife isn't as "understanding" of his fishing addiction as you are ... you're making an enemy for life.  But at least you'll keep your fishing partner !!!   Good looking pike, er ... m
Identifying Feather
A yellow shafted northern flicker wing feather ..
Favorite Brookie Patterns
I agree with the idea that brookies arent particular. At least they arent picky here on the small streams in northern New Mexico. My favorite fly, I guess, for them is Jack Dennis Western Blue Dun. It
My Take On A Couple of Reels
2 sth's and an allen here, like the sth's a lot.allen is ok. (had it pinch the line once)reel in fish?yes, laker, coho, steels, kings, a few big bass and a pike or 2. (no musky yet)when you feel that
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
Nymph Fishing Rods
Getting back to the OP's original question, as a few (shockingly few) pointed out the high-sticking or more accurately 'tight lining' techniques favored by some (previous posts have cited the CA
She cleans up well
          Hard to believe the ol' girl is almost 30 years old but believe it or not my Dad bought it brand new in 1990 and when he passed in 96 it became mine and I've tried t
Methods and Beads for egg sucking leeches   I use these beads for my articulation points on my pike flies. They are plastic, so they won't add any weight unfortunately. The dimensions are mea
My flies for my first saltwater trip
No worries Flats, I truly appreciate your input which I think is dead on. I've been casting a long time and have a decent double haul. Being an Atlantic salmon fisherman, I've cast bombers over salmon
Hello from Central Missouri
Welcome. Just over the northern border in Iowa on I-35.   Rick
Swiss Vise
I believe there's a guy here who ties allot of Pike flies that uses the Swiss master and seems to love it. I'm blanking on his name though.
Cooling shirts
Enjoyed reading this thread and was reminded that every manufacturer is hoping that some feature (or claimed feature) will make their product stand out from others - and that lots of sales (money...)
Lightning hitting water
Someone who, for the shame of it, will remain nameless, wanted to buy an old Sealey Octofly 9' split cane fly rod I had back in the mid 90's. It was what we called a "pipe smokers" rod Make the back c
best flies for small lake in late summer
Canadian lakes ... the water never truly warms up.  My family spent a couple of weeks each summer, for 3 years, on a lake in Ontario. Middle of the summer, and the water was still too cold for co
Horse flies...
The infamous green heads, the terror of the Jersey shore.  I met their Canadian counterpart up in Northern Ontario.  They call them deer flies and they look just like ordinary house flies un
Places to find Good Bucktail?
There are adequate bucktails and really great bucktails. I think northern whitetail are the best and would check out those places in the north recommended. Also, remember that the fur down close to th
Some time on the river
Quite a day today on the river. Fished from about 3pm till well after dark. I guess the river doesn't know I am trout fishing because I'm catching everything but trout so far. Not complaining though,
I really DO hate people.
No, you're right, Bimini.  Florida drivers are terrible ... but then, most of them are from Michigan and other Northern States.
Extra large Wulff patterns
I'm going to fish some remote, fast moving rivers in northern British Columbia this summer and want to tie some over sized Wulff patterns. I'm talking size 8! Those big white wings are very visible, e
Looking for panfish ideas
For surface flies, I use Bivisibles in a variety of colors.  I make them with white fronts and the back 3/4 of the fly is brown, black, olive, grey or variegated ginger.  Sometimes I tie in
Vallecito Lake in early Spring
Well lake fishing from the shore is never easy, but it can surprise you!   Its always better to have a boat or canoe but, there are good fish to be had when fly fishing from the shore.  I fi
Fly nameing
I tie a streamer that works really well for trout in Northern Michigan rivers. I've never seen one for sale, but, because it's basically a hybrid of two very well-known established patterns (the Wooll
Back on the river today
Spent 4 hours searching for steelhead today. The only thing that came out to play was the ever elusive great Northern Ghetto Trout! ;) Can't complain though, fish or not there's no better way to spen
ep fibers substitute
I just spent some time at the craft store, now that I read this I might have to go back and check out the macrame cord. I remember the Aztec. I tied a few and don't remember the fibers tangling, but I
Warm Water “Top to Bottom” Swap
Okay, okay, I'll do it. Top, middle and bottom. Half sized for the bait and half sized for the fish that eat the bait. That about right? No tags needed unless you bring enough for everybody and deer h
For $150 you can get everything you need to get started and then some. My advice would be to spend most of your budget on two items: the vise and good fly tying scissors.     For t
Demo/ Test Flies
Mike and Mike, my all time favorite way to fish bass, with the occasional big cat, northern pike, or unwanted dogfish showing up is flipping and pitching the tulies, cattails, lily pads, and heavy cov
Is the FF Industry Sacrificing Ethics for the Hero Shot
In 2015, I had an article on a Michigan lake published in Eastern Fly Fishing. The thing that was special enough about this particular lake that the magazine thought it warranted a feature article was
I have an Orvis Depth Charge on my 6 wgt.  I used it a lot up in Ontario when fishing for smallmouth and pike.  I normally cast and retrieve with it.  A couple of times I've used while
April Flies From The Vise
These are tied from extra pieces of material that I received in the mop piece swap.  Can't remember what it's called, maybe someone in the swap can refresh my memory.  Figure it would make a
White River out of Beaver Lake
Lots of talk over the years (and recently) about the White River out of Bull Shoals Lake and the Norfork out of Norfork Lake but have seen little to nothing about the White where it comes out of Beave
Casting with tippet rings/swivels
In MN it is legal to use up to 3 flies on a flyrod only. I often used a trace of wet flies while panfishing the lakes around our summer camper on seasonal lake lot. Fishing from docks it was surprisin
Leaders for large Streamers
If you are talking about streamers made from materials that readily move forward w/o much air resistance, the above advice is solid.    If casting big air resistant streamers such as large f
"PURPLE HEART NYMPH" benifit fly for Project Healing Waters
This is the purple heart nymph. I am doing 100 of these to raise money for an event at Kettle Creek in Northern PA for Wounded Veterans. I'm also giving some of these to veterans who have received the
March Flies From The Vise
Vicente: Nice tie!  I'll have to try some like that for pike. Did you put glue under the rabbit to make it stay straight for a bit? Thanks for sharing
Favorite hair for Elk Hair Caddis?
I use a few types but it seems my most productive one I tie with dark deer hair I preserve myself from hunting, usually from the back of the neck on a winter coat of a Northern PA whitetail
Spawning season
I've caught fish off beds and released them and they go right back to the bed. What always bothered me was the tournaments that favor spawning seasons in order to have the big weigh-ins for the camera
Northern New England in mid-August--worth it?
My wife and I are going to be driving my son out to Manchester, NH in mid-August to drop him off with a group that's going to go hiking on the Appalachian Trail. We'll be dropping him off on a Monday
April Fools Warm Water Swap...
Got the first half dozen easy but now the dilemna. For years I've spent fishing bass with bait and spin gear. When I did use a fly rod for bass or pike I will admit to using store bought poppers almos
Catfish on the fly
I've caught several on a fly, but I wasn't targeting them.  Fishing for sunfish, as usual, and caught a catfish. The only constant among them, they all took a bottom bouncing presentation. 
pike fly fishing
Pike fly fishing [video][/video]
looking for user reviews (vest vs. sling pack)
If you want a pack, you want a pack and you seem to be settled on one, but if you want a vest, I bought this one last year and it will hold about 12-15 fly boxes, two spare reels and has room for your
Little work on the site
Steve,   Being ignorant of what it takes to make such change Ia m reluctant to make waves.    Applauding your cleanup start, I'd also propose the general idea of getting finer granulari
9ft 9wt 4pc IM8 custom
9ft 9wt 4pc IM8 custom rod for pike & bass just out of the drying cabinet this morning. This one has a braided seat with wood insert, burl corks grip & butt, dual stripper guides, snake runnin
Pike/Muskie leader questions
First, let me state I have never fly fished for Muskie. I live in northern Indiana. A nearby lake has been stocked with Muskies for a good number of years. Many have escaped that lake and ended up in
Mono Eyes
Eyes are always fun - or not, depending on whether you simply buy them - or make them (or paint them - then bake them the way I do with Wapsi's presentation lead eyes..)   A few years back I disc
Fly Tyer's Dungeon- Thoughts?
I have had nothing but great experiences with FTD. Haven't used the Starburst dubbing, but have liked all of the 8-10 dubbing I have tried. My favorites are the Kraken (and its variants), Sand Crab, L
Rivers to salt
Hi - I live and fish in New York state.. spring is trout in creeks, summer is smallmouth in rivers and lakes, and in the fall - salmon and steelhead in the tributaries. I mostly flyfish all the above,
February Flies from the Vise
Bimini,      Looks like a pike killer.
Bugger swap #2
Got mine picked up today. Great set of buggers. I especially like to see that others are going in the direction of purple flies. I've been a purple thrower for years with conventional gear and now am
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