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The What's In A Name Swap
I'd like to give this swap a shot!  Since this is my first swap and I have only been tying since March I would like to tie the Bitch Creek Nymph if that is okay?  I watched a tier
First Ties for the Midwest
As I've mentioned in my intro and beginner posts, I'm new to fly fishing in the Midwest. So I'm adapting my western trout fishing skills to panfish and bass. So here are some of my first flies for tar
First postable Hydropsyche nymph pattern
Good Veli Auti Legs, on the hydropsyche the sections of the leg are about equal in length, yours are similar so ++ there. Working with Nymph Skin is quite easy, but it takes a bit of getting used to.
Those OTHER pheasant feathers
There isn't a feather on a pheasant skin (cock or hen,) that can't be used in fly tying.  I have found so many uses for them, I always have a couple on hand.  Most times, I get some friends
Swaps, What makes them good or bad?
This is a very interesting topic Shoebop.  I am completely addicted to swapping and I am like a kid at Christmas checking the mailbox each evening when I am expecting some. I think it is a way fo
Nice BIG surprise (and some questions for the biologists)
IMO that is definitely a lake and not a pond. I would be quite willing to bet that there are several Large bass in it. Probably larger than the one you saw. Tie you a few large ( 1/0 hair bugs ) and s
Local Tailwater and Small Flies
I was fortunate enough to spend the day fishing yesterday on a local tailwater.  Overall the fishing was tough but just productive enough.  Figured I'd share some photos and then I have a re
September flies from the bench
[attachment=48316:PeacockNymphChapter.jpg]   Here is the Peacock Nymph.   The step-by-step can be found here:
Autumn Mottled Sedge pattern
It is a very pretty fly pattern.   There is very large hatches of Northern Casemakers (or Autumn Sedge or October caddis like most flies this one has too many names) on both the rivers near
tying a fly with Slow Death hook?
Around here (Kansas that is)  that hook is deadly with a night crawler rigged behind a bottom bouncer for deep walleye. Very clever to make a fly out of it.  Oh,  I already know that
Using some dove feathers...Need some advice on killing bugs...
If the skin has any fat present mix rock salt with the borax and that will draw out the fat and the skin looking like a piece of parchment. Use repeated applications until all the fat is gone. This is
One and two-finger whip finishing
If a person works with their hands, resulting in rough skin, a whip finisher would be the answer to snagging thread. If your hands are rough I urge you to mix olive oil with dish detergent.
Classic Adams Dry 1st attempt
Jfinn,   Compared to the classic dry fly proportions you are pretty heavy on the hackle and the wings should be hen feathers not cock feathers which is looks like you used. That said, if you are
For the quality of flies in stores going down hill?
I couldn't help but notice that when I go to larger fly fishing suppliers, the quality of the flies and the selection seems to be going down fast.   About 15 years ago, a partner of mine and
Classic designs that work for panfish/smallmouth
I've had very good results using a hare's ear nymph, under a strike indicator.  More recently, I've been experimenting with squirrel leaches.  They work well too.  I think the fish take
Novice looking for nymphing tips
Been fly fishing a couple years now (novice still) and I'm having trouble setting the hook while dead drifting nymphs.  I typically use either a single nymph or a dry dropper setup.  Most of
fly type advice
Pheasant tail nymph and hare's ear nymph are the go to in the nymph family.  
Cased Caddis
Here is a really easy cased caddis pattern as long as you don't over do it on the flame!   Hook: 12-16 Curved NymphBody: Root Beer EstazLegs: Soft HackleThorax: Caddis Green I
Got it laid in my lap...
I was with a friend in his van going fishing high on the mountain when we passed an almost all white dead skunk. The smell was too bad to skin but the tail was worth getting. He was prepared with plas
"Tie your favorite" swap
                               SWAP IS FULL   So, many of the swaps running concurrently right now are winding down
I found a feather
Welcome to nanny-state America, where critical thinking is more endangered than our stupid national bird. Since America is one of the few Countries were you CAN voice your opinion, and do all the
I quit saving scraps...
Colin, no need to over do it!.   As others have noted it is often not worth the effort to save lots of bits, By far the best way is not to make them in the first place. There are lots of ways to
trip report: Skootamatta River, Ontario
When the chance to fish somewhere other then my home river arises, i grab it. Over the long weekend just passed, i had the opportunity to wet a line in the Ottawa Valley (Madoc/Tweed, Ont) on the Skoo
Dubbing Rakes...
I raked dubbing for some tiny softhackles from a mole skin this morning. I have tried a few different rakes over the years but nothing compares to the ceramic rakes I bought from Lawrence Wa
"My Trout Box Needs Help" Swap
My flies are still in work, should be finished up this week. Having issues with my partridge feathers, that's what I get for buying them in a package instead of the whole skin... Scott, I know wha
Parachute Adams
what is Cree dry fly hackle? a color?     This is what a current cree looks like. Notice that the Silver Grade saddle is much darker than the Bronze Grade Neck. It looks almost too dark, b
Difference between brookies and other trout?
Hares eat and PT nymph, wooly buggers, stayner ducktail, hoppers, soft hackles, wet flies, Adams, royal wulff, stimulator. Sizes 12-20 for the nymphs and 12-16 or 18 with the dries. A size 12-8 for th
New To Flyfishing!
The jig you tied looks very fishy! But three things. Your tail is very long! You wrapped thread around the tail itself which exposes the thread, and your hackle is all pointed forwards, you'll notice
Blackbird wings
I always thought the original was tied with a Starling because they are European Blackbirds. If you want a blacker feather, try crow. Legal to possess and a fine but I think overlooked bird by most ti
Grayling fishing
With a wooly bugger in several variations, a PT and hares ear nymph, a parachute Adams and a normal Adams, and a Griffith's gnat I'm sure you could catch just about anything.
As the others have said there is no better or worse. Many years ago A K Best wouldn't use saddle feathers for dries as, he said, they cause the fly to spin more when cast. However, that was a good num
White Peacock Herl
Mottled peacock usually refers to the wing secondary feathers, not tail feathers. A moulted wing feather is rarely in good condition for tying.   The translucent effect can also be achieved with
August flies from the bench
Two variations on my BiColour Nymph [attachment=48159:New BCN_0010.jpg] Details and SbS here. Cheers, C.
Fly hitting the water hard
Your mechanics and equipment may also play into the splash. What are you fishing with? Do you have a stiff action graphite rod designed for faster line speed and you are doing short casts? How long is
CA glues: Are the all created equal.
Cannot address the science, but I use Loc-tite extensively on my chironomid patterns, and if it does deteriorate, it does it long after the practical lifetime of any fly I have ever tied.  It is
Making deer hair bass bugs durable
  There was another thread that brought up the difference between hard head flies and deer hair flies.  I don't remember if it was on this site or another. I believe the fish's sense of
Rabbit Strip Patterns
That's a regular strip or zonker strip for hair that lies flat along the skin. The cross cut stuff is to wind around as a collar or body but gets heavy when wet and seems less popular than it did 15 y
Largest Aquatic Insect
Are we sure the aliens haven't landed. That nymph on the blue sheet looks truly odd. 
What do soft hackles represent
They come pretty close to an emerging mayfly nymph, and even closer to an emerging Caddis pupa.  Since they are so effective in faster moving riffles, they could represent either.  The thing
Hackle for smaller wet flies - size 14 and smaller.
A starling skin will also give you lots of small soft hackle feathers.
Ebay Score...I hope I did not screw myself!
Like Piker said, the sprayed quills are probably for nymph cases and such. The coating just helps keep the quill together when used. I've used sprayed quills for upright wings on dry flies also.
Brand new
There are more fly patterns for trout, than there are trout to catch.  Go to the fly tying database, and use the search tab.  Select to find flies for Trout as the target species.  You
FLY TYING with Common Household Materials
I haven't read it, but I tie hundred of patterns with common house hold materials.  Plastic baggies: they come in lots of colors, and little strips can be twisted and made into great nymph bodies
Hook bend to hook eye droppers
I have wondered the same thing myself but I have not noticed any problems with this method. It is the most effective and efficient method of tandem fishing in my estimation. It's about the only way I
First Time in 40+ years
Yea I hooked various parts of clothing over the years but first time actually into the flesh. Just pushed the hook point back through the skin, broke the hook off at the bend and pulled it through, ba
Turning curious into biter.
Piker, I usually go with a size 14 or 16 and then go smaller if need be. It will drive you nuts when they follow a fly but don't take it.  I sometimes switch off to something completely different
Jack-of-all-Trades Swap
I would like to be in with the Burk's Aggravator. This has been a great pattern that can work as a damselfly nymph, stonefly, minnow or crawdad. It has fished well on the west slope of the Sierras in
Dyna-King question
Jaymack, I know what you mean. I use a DK Pro and tie mostly trout patterns.  I can go from a size 12 nymph hook to a size 16 dry fly hook without any adjustment.  I don't question it! It ma
Fishing buddy
That goat doesn't look well. Just skin and bones...
scientific anglers sharkwave lines
On their site they don't sell more than the standard conditioner. I hadn't heard of the shark wave, looks like the shark skin line they did with an extra raised layer forming this 'triple layer textu
Jackson Hole, WY - upcoming trip
I learned to fly fish in Jackson Hole.  Haven't fished there in 25 or 30 years.  Just may have to get up there again soon.  Hoppers, PMX would be good bets.  I would also fish a sm
I have one of these little babies. When I'm not in the big bass boat I still have electronics. Yes a bank fisherman has access to electronics too. Wireless transducer mini fish finder. It Is awesome!!
Difference usage for single and 4 stranded floss
As Steve points out 4-stranded floss can be separated into one, two or three strands to match the amount of material needed to build the body. IMO the greatest advantage of single-stranded floss is th
Handloading, shooting, hunting (not nearly as much as I used to, not nearly as much as I want to), fishing, Kayak fishing, I make noises come out of guitars.... I love my bicycles -both mountain and r
Looking for SBS instructions for Caucci's Compara-nymph
Hi,   Newbie here.   After reading Caucci's Hatches II, I've followed the step by step tying instructions for the compara-dun and the compara-emergers.  I'd like to tie the compara-nymp
July 2014 swap club
Chris your flies arrived yesterday I love them both sets the prince nymph is going right in my brookie box for my next trip to Canada creek
Beginner's Feedback Requested
The proportions on nymphs vary and are not as set as for a mayfly dun. This is because proportions of the real nymphs vary quite a bit. They can be flat and squat or long and thin. They can have a lar
Fly Prices to Rise
and if you buy Wal-Mart flies it will cost you even more......... Sadly I ha
Bags just don't work for me. Neither would Mike's just-in-time inventory system. I currently have my most-used hooks in Spirit River ten compartment boxes. One for dry fly hooks, one for nymph hooks,
Fly Tying Variations
For my newest YouTube fly tying tutorial, I wanted to touch on the thought process behind tying a variation of an original and effective pattern.  In this video, I discuss variations appropriate
When Whip Finishing to post - glue 'dot'
BCT ... it's possible, that the amount of time you've exposed the cement to the air, it's already formed a skin.  Even thin cement dries very quickly.  By the time you've drawn your knot tog
July flies from the bench
Thanks guys. I wanted something a little more resilient to teeth than foam for detached bodies, but still a flexible. Years ago I heard a talk given by an respected angling author, about how fish will
Bending Hooks
Those are wet fly/swimming nymph hooks flytire, wouldn't that sink a dryfly?
BassPro's White River Fly Shop online
I've bought a lot of White River fly tying materials, over the years.  There's nothing wrong with them.  In fact, I've managed to get some unusual stuff there, like a patch of real badger sk
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