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Nymph Skin

What are everyones go-to searching flies?
Great pattern man I may have to get some guinea and tie a few, and then fish it with a heavier dropper nymph. Thanks again, Brody
Definately gonna have some zonker strips!!
The lady I got my arctic fox from sent me some pics of dyed rabbit skins and I ordered a couple, she told me she was sending me some extra ? for being a good customer.  There was a mix up and I w
Griffith's Gnat
... In the past, I have added a little spike of orange indicator material to the middle of the fly to add a speck of orange to aid in visibility.  It helps, and the fish don't seem to mind.
Hotspots.... Love to know and see some examples where you apply them
It has been my experience that a nymph tied like this with a hotspot will out fish one without by 10 to 1.        
hook size for sm bass
I use hooks ranging from size 4 up to 2/0 depending on the type of fly I'm tying. I prefer fishing top water for smallies but use bait fish, leech and crayfish patterns also. I don't usually fish nymp
Who all has tied at fly tying shows / expos???
Knowing how I am, bottle of nu skin & band aids would be necessary!
Catch & Release Mount
That grayling looks like a skin mount. Very nice indeed.
Must have flies for Salmon River trip in late Sept.?
Weight forward or double taper line is all you need. No need for any specialty high dollar lines.  King Salmon can put a whoopin' on fly line when they make a run through rocky areas, over ledges
Is there an equivalent of Mustad 34007 in freshwater hooks?
I tie on many styles & models of hooks now, but at one time my most used freshwater hooks, particularly for trout & SM bass was the old Mustad 9671 & 9672 nymph/streamer hooks. I also used
Hatches Blog Post - Jigawockie Fly – Loon
Matt from Loon shows off the Jigawockie, a hotspot deep fishing nymph. Hatches Fly Tying Magazinewill@hatchesmagazine.com,,USA[url=http://hatchesmagazine.com/blogs/Hatches/2016/08/17/jigawockie-fly-lo
Furry Foam Part 2, What to use as a substitute
new furry foam   it has been said that furry foam was just a vellux blanket   http://singlebarbed.com/2008/11/04/furry-foam-by-any-other-name-is-a-blanket/   or   foam, suede, nymp
Massachusetts
I have moderated on motorcycle boards where almost anything goes. This is, as I've grown to understand it, a much more family oriented and friendly board. Yes,  this is the Lodge and yes, things
Soft Hackle Flies
For me, soft-hackles are weirdly one of "those" flies.   They look fishy as all get out.  I know they catch fish.  I've fished alongside guys absolutely rocking them with a partridge an
Can elk be substituted for deer on a rolled muddler?
I prefer deer to elk in general for things with hollow hair. But then my deer patch is really a lot of skin with a really lot of high quality deer hair and my little elk hair patches basically all suc
FUR coats as tying materials
Greetings everyone !!   recently, while at a salvage store, I came across an old fur coat. I believe rabbit.  I said to myself. " this will make an amazing Hairs Nymph pattern. Then it hit m
Marlow Buzz Fly
I refer to this article: http://hatchesmagazine.com/blogs/Hatches/2012/8/2/ray-bergman-collection-230-marlow-buzz/?utm_source=FTFGuest&utm_medium=web&utm_content=post   According to what
Invented Flies
OK to kick this off I give you the BiColour Nymph. If you want the details of how and why these came about and the tying you will find the details here. Cheers, C.
How is a new pattern created these days?
I don't know much about trout flies but in saltwater tying (and a lot of bass tying), there is plenty of innovation and not just "variation (or variant)". Some of it simply follows the latest material
good video(s) for beginner on rotary vise
You Tube is your friend indeed!  There are tons of videos out there.  Some are better than others I cannot even imagine how folks before the internet even got started in this hobby!!! &#
RGN nymph
I was wondering if anyone has heard of the RGN nymph and knows what materials are used to make it. I've searched the internet and have seen nothing about it. Have looked at Bennett Springs fishing rep
Please give me your opinion on this fly.
I'm guilty of creating this pattern.  It was originally called a foam dragon when we did the Youtube tutorial on it, but I changed the name to make it more marketable when Fulling Mill picked it
PNW Help!
I tie mine on anything that fits into the nymph or short streamer category. I tie a series with shorter body and longer tail too and have done them on bait hooks. over time you just kind of visualize
Save the Drama
Can anybody say "Klinkenhammer"? It's hard to say but one you get  his name down there is a hook of his name that will do the same without the radical bend which will weaken the metal just at t
The Fly Review
I would brush out the thorax of the ap nymph to make it look buggier.     Nice ties, though.
I regret
You need to get thicker skin. Its the internet where the keyboard cowboys act tough. Its been that way for years. No, what I'm saying is there is more than just words. Letters to my home with treat
Hook Companies
I mostly stock Mustad, I can tie about anything with them. I do have some Tiemco ( more expensive) in 24s for some midge patterns because that's what I found in stock at the time.  I recently acq
Beginner - purchased Grizzly Saddle Hackle- wrong kind?
You can tie shorter woolly buggers and woolly worms with hen, I have a Spencer grizzly hen skin ( Spencer went out of business a bunch of years ago now) I've been using for years now just for that pur
Your Personal Best: Trout Edition
crickets...crickets...Don't everyone talk at once. Maybe too many firing up at the same time and less people jumping in? I'm game. 3 weeks of tying time coming at me and I need the diversion to keep w
August Flies From the Vise
Kimo, Do you have a video or SBS to tie your scuds? What size hook is this? Thanks Bim, Hook is a TMC 3761 #16  I sold a video for the scud and feel it would be unfair to individuals who boug
Mink Matuka Sorta... Zonker really..
Watch till the end for the underwater footage... This fly is a lightweight version of a zonker fly, that also is similar to a matuka fly.  I dub in the fibers on the front of the fly instead of
Breakfast Swap
I would call it a trout swap, but there is a lot of overlap between the great lakes steelhead and trout.   I fish for both, and an egg ahead of a small nymph is also a big brown trout taker for m
run one
out of ideas???   2 materials only 3 materials only 4 materials only a to z swap articulated flies attractor flies bait fish flies bass flies beadheads beginners only blue wing olive/baetis buck
Badger hair uses
Badger, coyote and gray fox have similar guard hair color. They can easily be separated from the under fur. The under fur is a nice cream or gray. Any light colored nymph or dry fly. I have seen peopl
One bug
I looked at all my ostrich plumes and agree it's probably too flimsy to make these legs.  You could make them, but the fly probably wouldn't last but a short while.  Any other herl suggest
Tying foam?
I like the gurglers.Panfish love the small ones and large are great for bass.I also like the marabou tails for the small ones but for the large i have used bucktail or silicone from an old spinnerbait
YouTube Tutorials
Mc Fly Your videos are just fine. You have to have thick skin on the internet. My guess is 90% of the folks criticizing you don't even make any themselves
Gallo de Len
Thanks for the information, Johnny.  It is good to know that the chickens are tortured by plucking the feathers, rather than humanely killed and skinned.Bwaaahahahaha!! There's more than one way
locally sourced /Chaeling my Grandfather
I have two Brittanies that are great hunters. I often get many birds. I waste nothing. I eat the meat from the birds, feed the innards to my chickens and grind the carcass for the dogs. I skin and bor
Beginners stab at a wingless wet.
Hoping to get some input from some of the guys on the site. I tied a few of these the other night hoping to get some interest from some Brookies in a small stream north of me. Hackle is Olive india He
Best nymphs
To all you trout fisherman. What is your best/most productive nymph? Trying to reorganize my main nymph box and want to take out alot of the random nymphs and fill it primarily with the best of the be
Quick trip home
I was liked streamers on the clinch. Used to live in Jacksboro when my wife was in residency at Tennessee. I flew Big Blue flag (UK) proudly. Kudu,my family lived in Jacksboro and Lafollette for a v
circle/khale hook questions
My experience with circle hooks is that they are great for bait hooks.  Their design is such that, if a fish swallows the bait, you can pull it out without snagging the stomach, but it will catch
Best Fibers?
    Dang Cold, you're sure cold. Pouring ice water on the poor Flats threads. /shrug   If he bothered to actually look into it, he'd see I've been far nicer and more helpful than most
White River
Most of the time I was there we caught lots of stockers and a few carryovers on Red Ass Kelso. We mostly tie them with Pearsall's Gossamer red silk thread about to barb (crushed). Tie about halfway ba
Eighth Annual Casting for Recovery Project
Mine are in route. Got a couple of flies in there for you might find interesting. Mainly for stillwater applications where Chronomids thrive and a very ragged nymph with a couple of splashes of dubbin
Most used midge pattern??
The Zebra Midge is my "go to" midge at my local stream in Northern California.  It is also very effective at Manzanita Lake in Lassen Park.  At both places I tie it on a size 16 37
Pics and Winners of "One FLy Tourney"
Well I tied an unweighted nymph with dry fly hackle for legs, so add floatant and it will float most anywhere. Skip the floatant it will sit right in or under the film (most productive on a slow swin
Palomar knot - best knot for big game fish?
The Palomar knot is great for big game fish that pull hard. The knot continues to tighten when being pulled on, and the double loops around the hook eye make for a strong and abrasion resistant knot.
Material for North Country Flies
I have been tying flies for quite some time now and have finally run out of Dotterel does anyone know a good source to find this bird skin?
Question about 10ft rods.
I dont nymph nor steelhead fish, but I have seen 10ft rods designated as rods for tbose kinds of fishing. Why? What is the advantage?
Non-typical materials
I was in a swap were I tied nymphs with cat hair and shed snake skin...I never used the snake skin again. it is too fragile and water logs easy.
Over it
Didn't happen to me but to one of my buddies while teaching a class.   The first thing he tells you to do while teaching is crush the barb. He didn't. Since he ties on a Renzetti he wanted to sho
Portable Storage
I also use a soft sided laptop bag I bought at Goowill, for travel. It goes on most trips. A big challenge is keeping your capes or necks straight--otherwise they will take a set. (Also, these are u
Hook sizes and styles
    Looking at the chart, I'd say you would just need #14-16, and I'd get them in dry fly style (1XF or 1 extra fine) and nymph (1XH or 1 extra heavy).  Looks like it would cover
Visiting south carolina soon
Those chiggers itch for weeks and leave you scarred for months. They actually can't bite through skin and they need the help of clothing. The pressure from you socks, waist bands, collars, pant legs i
Best beginner fly rod length, WT and action
Bass Pro Shops usually have fly casting classes two or three times a year.  If you're at the store and it's not too busy, you might even get one of the guys to give an impromptu class right the
Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
[attachment=57457:IMG_20160703_020435.JPG] Wish i had this skin, belly hair felt natural, don't ask how i know, clean skin has been the trend for years already!
Emu feathers
FWIW. I tied these probably 16 years ago when I received a bag of emu feathers from a friend in Texas who had a run in with one. The bodies are emu feathers wrapped and trimmed. Tails(except on the Du
Fly Boxes
It's been awhile since there has been a good discussion on the pros and cons of various fly boxes on the market today.  (C&F, Tacky, etc.).     I bring it up again as I'm frustrated
Tying Parachute Flies - How Do You Do It?
BB, okay, our poor cat has been sknned so many different ways it runs when I get out the clippers. My "skin a cat" way to tie a parachute is unlike any video I've seen, though I admit I didn't look th
July Flies from the vise
Made this crumby tutorial a few weeks ago for some dudes on instagram asking questions. The body is VIrtual Nymph skin. Rubber bands will rot off the fly after you use them once. Highly recommend usin
Bass on terrestrials
On creeks and small rivers during the summer low water I find larger smallmouth get more like trout. Smaller patterns work better at this time and they will gently suck down a beetle on the surface af
Quality Tools
I appreciate all the feed back and like all the discussion on the topic. From what I can put together in the form, fly tying is just like fly fishing in that it is all personal preference on cost, qua
Madison River, Yellowstone, September
I'll be going to Yellowstone this September with my car club (Miata).  Although our schedule is fairly tight, I'd still like to get a couple hours on the Madison. If not the Madison, perhaps the
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