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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
FTF Fly Pattern - ShoneFly - StoneFly nymph - FTF pattern by ShoneFly
That's a real pretty nymph !!!
Clingerf Nymph...
Anyone ever seen one of these? Or better yet what is the nymph pattern that would be used to imitate it? I was on the river yesterday and couldn't get a fish to rise on a dry so I flipped over a coupl
The Bugger
Mike, you gotta start tying some buggers because the bass and the pan fish will knock each other out of the way to get to them.  When I chimed in before I just mentioned a few variations but I ha
Floating fly line loop
I like my fly line tip to float. I don't find any benefit from a sinking floating line tip.   When I nymph I use the short line technique and do it without a cheater, bobber, strike indicator. Wh
Southern Appalachian Trout Variety Swap
March brown nymph, emergents or drys?
Swapmeisters, Your Help Is Needed!
I have just gotten started with trout fishing and need lots of the basic patterns of flies; I don't even have an Adams Dry Fly! My fly box is woefully empty! I can't run another swap because I'm alrea
Critique on Bead Headed Hare's Ear Nymph
This is my first decent Hare's Ear Nymph on an Orvis size 12 bead headed nymph hook.  In addition to the bead, it has about 11 wraps of 015 lead free wire..   It seems the tail is too long.&
Today's Fly Fishing Exploits
Today I decided to get out and do a little fishing before we get some badly needed rain. Caught a few little brookies in the riffles pictured below, hands were kinda wet to take a picture. As I made m
Indicator Nymph Leaders
leaders as you mention already exist
Need Advise on Pheasant Tail Nymph
Mayfly nymphs are split into 3 basic classes based on the type of water they inhabit. Their body morphology has adapted to their environment.
Flies with bad reputations swap
Man Tim, that's nice to hear. You just made my day. If I can remember how I did it you might just find another one in your stocking. As for this swap, I checked and I have enough props left to do a do
Some recent ties
Overall your flies show good skills, and a creative mind.   There are some things you can work on.     It looks like your using a very heavy (possibly sewing,) thread on a lot of the f
My son's first two flies....
You can make a few dozen three step leaders,  Start with 30# then 20#, and finally 12#.  A 60% butt section, then 20% middle, and 20% tippet.  Blood knot the butt and middle sections, a
Wanting to give up..
Nick,   I think what you're experiencing is pretty normal for people just starting out. Becoming an accurate, efficient fly caster takes time, especially if you're throwing larger patterns, which
11ft 4wt Czech nymphing rod
Wow that's an AWESOME Nymph O Rod .
fishing for trout
Is that picture for real? I hope this doesn't sound snobby but... Do people really fish like that? As for suggestions as to what to use fish for life's is a good one. Hang a p.t. nymph and a hare's e
Nymph Swap For Pan Fish And Trout
I'm in stonefly Nymph
Caddis Emergers
Hello all, I have a question about caddis emergers,   During June/July one of the rivers I fish has an overlap in various caddis species emerging (spotted sedge, black caddis and tan caddis).
Mustad, Egg, Caddis Hook Question
You can use whatever hook you like for any pattern. Deciding if a hook is appropriate is where the skill comes in. The original hook for the Klinkhamer was described as a nymph / pupa / caddis hook. T
Interested in Starting Out
I'm new to fly fishing and interested in learning to tie my own flies. As I've done some reading, it seems like kits are generally not recommended, though the convenience of just making one purchase r
I use the Umpqua U-Series hooks for 2x (u103) and 3x nymph (u104), 4x long streamer (u302), Standard dry fly (u001). I am also pretty sure that my scud hooks/curved nymph hooks and curved multipu
Peacock Herl
You can make your peacock herl rope a bit stronger by twisting the herls around your tying thread, and then wrapping the whole thing forward, with the thread as a core.  Don Ordes demonstrated th
Provo River
I have fished the Provo for many years (since 65,) I will be fishing it again today.  Right now the PMDs are hatching on the lower part of the Middle Provo,  A size 18 or 16 flash back Pheas
I need help identifying, and then finding this feather
It's not one feather.   It is a standard grizzly saddle hackle over white marabou.     It's not a dry-fly quality hackle.  Looks like you'd do well with the link you post
couple questions.
What you are describing doesn't sound like a Zonker. On a Zonker the fur strip is tied across the back of the fly extending further back to form the tail. It is not wrapped around the hook.   The
What to do with wings
The majority of the mayflies I tie, I used bundled fiber wings, either mallard flank or wood duck flank.  With these, there's very little waste.  Each flank feather has approximately enough
Lacking Inspiration today. Looking for a suggestion.
Puyans AP nymph, Slattery's Triple Threat Caddis, Whitlock RFSN, Skip's Nymph.  Nothing exotic in those patterns.  Pics are all over the place.   Here's a different style I found in a b
LOL  No envy this time.   I just can't "like" saltwater.  I don't like the taste, the feel of it on my skin, what it does to my equipment ... anything.   If I ever win the lottery,
Universal Mayfly Nymph
The Universal Mayfly Nymph will help you in many different situations..   Have fun, Wolfgang
Coq de Leon Question
I was thinking of ordering some Coq de Leon feathers for tailing dries and some nymph patterns. I'm trying to decide whether I want to order the tailing pack in medium, a few different colours of the
Rubber Leg Prince
One of my favorite patterns when the water is a bit off color   Rubber Leg Prince   Hook: 12-16 NymphTail & Legs: Fine Rubber LegsRib: Fine Oval Tinsel GoldBody: Peac
looking to get into tying in Houston
fly tying lessons   i'll post this again   This list of beginner tying materials is simply a list based on my 30+ years experience in fly tying. The list provided below is for a new tyer who
Some of my recent flies
These are some of my recent flies. Feel free to critique. They are: Hare and copper, soft hackle zug bug with a hot spot, olive pheasant tail with sparkle thorax, Carey special, brassie, red and black
Genuine Hare's Mask vs Rabbit
I have some pine squirrel tail that I sometimes use for hare's ear nymphs, along with natural hare's ear dubbing (from a package, not from a mask.)  Almost any natural fur, that has reasonably lo
Storage, organization, and care of materials
I store my hooks in a stackable, cylinder-like thing. That's the only way I can describe it. I'm traveling right now and don't have a picture. Michaels crafts sells them for a couple of bucks and
First attempt at pheasant tail
Jbieg,   I have been fishing for a bit so I apologize for the delay in my response!   Looking at your PTN (Pheasant Tail Nymph) the wings are VERY in Colorado where I am learni
copper johns
is there a way to tie copper johns with other than the UV cement and the skin stuff
I'm in.  Fox squirrel nymph.
Opinions on materials and supplies
Mike,   You are correct about hooks. The way to minimize hook costs is to use each hook for multiple purposes. So minimize the models of hooks you buy. Then buy these hooks styles from a low cost
Another Mystery
Click "Fly Pattern Database" at the far left of the gray bar at the top of the page   On the Fly Pattern Database page, click "Search"   on the Search page, scroll down to where it says "tex
FTF Fly Pattern - Realistic Stonefly nymph - Shonefly
FTF Fly Pattern - Realistic Stonefly nymph - Shonefly
panfish flies help
AGN, a lot of people just say "rubber legs" for legs whether silicone or not just like I say "Xerox" for a copy. I use silicone exclusively and the fish don't seem to mind. You are correct about the h
June flies from the bench
I recently tied a Prince nymph on a jig hook to use in various nymphing situations.  For those of you into European nymphing, you may already use this fly on a regular basis, though there are few
Home made dubbing
Another thing you can do is check the auction sites (ebay) for fur scraps. I have gotten beaver, mink and other fur scraps really cheaply, and they make excellent dubbing. I also picked up an entire m
Best light fly rod for trout?
I purchased a 8' 3 weight TFO BVK and the conversion kit to make it a 10' rod and I love it. I have used it more than either of my other two (a 4 weight and 7 weight). The 8' set up casts dr
Quality Rod at an affordable price. - GreenCaddis Ruby River Fiberglas
GreenCaddis Ruby River Fiberglass Fly RodQuality Rod at an affordable price.I received my 7'8 4wt last week. First impression was a very nice reel seat, excellent handle and a beautiful red color bla
Gold Rib Hare's Ear.....kicking my butt!
You can tie them with a standard shank hook (e.g., TMC 3769) vs an XL hook (e.g., TMC 3761),...bead or no bead.  There's no rule.  You can tie a well proportioned GRHE on a 1x short or 3x lo
Ladybug or Ladybird..... whatever :-)
Nice shot ... amazing to think those little bugs are predators.  That close, the parts all look like painted metal.  Pretty shot, Terje.  Good to see Spring has graced your neck o' th
Thread heads, are they needed
For most nymph larva and dry flies I just finish what I need to secure materials then do 1-2, 3-5 turn whip finishes and call it done.   For streamers and wet flies, I feel like a thread head rea
Are Fly Patterns Tried and True?
Frank Sawyer, the river keeper of the Avon invented the pheasant tail nymph. He ties it below using copper wire.   Frank Sawyers original copper
Dubbing Questions...
That's a nice nymph, hairwing!
Dark Spruce Fly
Nice set. The nymph really stands out to me. Definitely tying a few of them, I'm certain they will crush fish!
Panfish Flies
Anything that imitates a bug falling in the water. [attachment=46961:Cricket popper - no finish.JPG]   [attachment=46963:crunchy bumble bee 001b.jpg]   [attachment=46965:Chell's floating ant
Wulff Swap
You really didn't have to do that. Yes, it's a beauty and now I feel like razoring all mine and trying again. Though I was getting near done. Biggest problem I have with them is my stick out the front
Fly boxes on the stream
I use the compartment box as we'll for my dries, another box I use is the orvis dropper rig box, I like to have my dry dropper and nymph rigs ready to go while out on the stream if possible. Here's a
Sculpin heads
The coyote I think I used and bear are both tanned. Not sure by who. The coyote is a damaged pelt with many bald spots but the leather is very soft and pliable. The bear is very stiff. No odd smell to
Fly Tying finally paying off lol....
Just got back from a school in the states... once I hit Germany again I was able to tie some flies up and hit the Nagold River. I have to say, I appreciate all of the advice everyone has given me on t
Rynoskin anyone?
Avon's Skin So Soft is an old wives tale. Every test I've ever seen where they rate all the repellants against each other, SSS always come in last.  It seems that SSS is just a not-so-urban myth.
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