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Pure Stimulation
Given my recent move and new fishing grounds, I am beginning to really appreciate the stimulator.  So, for this swap let's tie different versions of this awesome fly.  Any color combo, with
Short Shank Hooks?
Hey, I was wondering if you guys could recommend some short shank hooks.  I've picked up some Mustad C47SDs, but I'm not a mustad fan.     This is what I'm tying.  It works.  
old fly rods
Joe ... I think Steve ( is on a trip for two weeks.  I am sure you know, he's a moderator on this site, and is a professional rod builder. (imagine that, what's he doing
Unwinding and Doing It Again.....
    Ditto what Mike said. There's a line between "not as pretty as I'd like but will still catch fish" and "definitely won't do what it's supposed to do tied this way". If it's in the forme
HELP! cannot find this terrestrial in any shop
Just throwing something out there but the wing looks like moose mane and not deer hair to me. Anyone else have a thought on that? If you can tie a pheasant tail than you should be able to knock that
7th Annual Casting for Recovery Project
I am in. Glad the deadline is far away. Cutting watermelon and five stiches later puts me out of tying for a couple weeks. [attachment=52800:photo (10).JPG]
Reel question: Pflueger Medalist
Biggest difference is in the metal; pre 1982 made in the US were made from aircraft grade sheet aluminum.  The models stamped CJ (made in Japan) or AK (made in China) are made from a die-cas
The Red, White and Blue of July Monthly Swap
Okay, this month is wide open for whatever you feel like tying. If you can tie a size 32 red, white and blue midge have at it. Actually, we don't need all the colors of the flag in here but if you can
Reformed Lurker From Michigan
Thanks mikechell!  I'm still trying to get the hang of the airbrush system but it's getting better.  That and winding hackle through rubber legs makes me want to swear (w
Hendrickson Catskill Dry Fly...and Uncle John!
My newest tutorial is out, though it's more about the guest than the fly.  My Great Uncle John, who recently turned 84, ties a Hendrickson, and also answers some questions related to fly tying an
Anyone know how to tie Wilson's Brim Reaper???
    you have to twist a single strand. as the twist becomes tighter, it will begin to twist over itself. see the links below   no glue required
mending line??
Ok so today I was dry fly fishing for trout. I don't fish for trout much they just don't put up enough of a fight for me but that's besides the point. Anyways every time I tried to mend the line I wou
pipe cleaner mice for bass & pike
pipe cleaners rust out and rubber bands dry out and rot away   not good choices in tying materials
Mr. Rapidan Skater SBS
Don't know if Harry Murray came up with this version (probably be good for pounding up some smallies), but darned if it isn't a cool-looking bug. hook - TMC 5212 #6 thread - MFC 8/0 brown rib - x-s
New tying vise - Love it!
One of the features that vice is known for is it's gripping power on hooks and long lasting gripping power. The jaws seem not to wear out from all accounts I've read of it. The best stocked outfitter
To Skin.. or Trim... THAT is the Question....???
Well, looks like I should skin, that's a pretty overwhelming consensus to skin. So skin I shall but I'll have to wait now until I get back form a Kid's Trout Camp in a week.   I am pretty careful
Hello from Daytona, FL/Elk Park, NC
My name is Steve. Im new to this site. Currently live in Daytona but will probably be moving down to South Florida in the near future. Most of my fly fishing is done in Northwestern North Carolina for
Catgut, where to buy it?
I don't rhink he is talking about soaking the gut strings for tennis, but for unraveling them to get the individual threads separated for fly tying.
I wish there was a chart somewhere about densities of material
A recommendation seen on most forums is to pick out 5-10 that you want to learn how to tie.   Buy the materials provided in the recipes of those flies.   These materials are now the building
Substitute for Veniard Glister Dub?
Hi everybody,   I want to tye a very simple nymph: Chis Dor's Brown Glister Nymph.   The recipe says: VENIARD Glister Sparcle Dubbing - which I don't get where I typically buy my tying stuff
New from Mead Colorado
Hello new found friends. I don't know how I found this forum, but I'm glad I did. I've been tying flies for a few years but am no way an expert or an artist at it. But I have never had any of my flies
Man i really wish i could. But wont be back at the tying table for 3 weeks. Have fun and make sure to post some pictures when there done.
Need advice on my new desk
What is typically considered the optimum height for the vise in relation to where your elbows fall? Is this all personal preference or is there some sort of formula based on distance to eyes, elbows
newbie from Ontario
Glad to be here and to be a part of this community. I'm a much published international outdoor writer of some 26 years from southwestern Ontario. Though not new to fly tying and fly fishing, I am rec
Eric Snyder Mad Scientist popper
I see this bug on 'My Flies' and at Cohen's Superfly, but have not found a recipe or tying instructions.  The product notes sight 'weight at rear' so am wondering if it is weighted, and if s
Gray Wulff Hair?
As I begin studying the Gray Wulff and collecting the materials needed for tying I am confused on the correct hair to use.  Most patterns based on the original style suggest bucktail hair from a
Hello Mr. Brown trout.......
The more I look at that picture, the more detail I see.   Great composition.   Fantastic lighting. How'd you get that trout to do that on cue?
Hello from E TN
I just found this site. Years ago I tied trout flies and just started to get back into it. Have a Regal vise and fish old school Browning Silaflex rods....several, actually many!!. I fish the finger l
If you're going to buy goose or turkey biots, you might as well buy dubbing.  I think Steph is trying to avoid putting a lot of money into a burgeoning hobby she's not sure of yet.  Of cours
Some nice furs from my daughter
Wow!  Nice batch of tying materials.   
Berry's Hedgehog Salmonfly (variation) SBS
  Brian Berry's (Teton Valley Lodge) bullethead modification of Nick Nicklas' Sunken Stone, which is a variation of the Mikulak Sedge, which may have been a modification of the original Hegdehog
An update to a carp/steelhead fly I tied
I added a few changes to this pattern: and want to share them with you guys. I started tying them on jig hooks so that when i fish them under a f
First try at a hopper - Chubby Chernobyl
Hey all, as i mentioned in another post id be attempting my first hopper pattern and I decided on the Chubby Chernobyl. I did end up tying one that night and it turned out pretty good, tonight I will
Edward Scissorhands
I taught myself to keep my scissors in my hand while tying. It took a little while to get used to it but I don't ever recall stabbing myself. It actually feels odd when I don't have them in my hand wh
Few days on the Au Sable
Glad you had a good time Steve! I'll be up for the Kid's Trout Camp after the 4th but my trout fishing is pretty much done for the year now. Now if only the lake here would GO DOWN!... lol.. Not much
Foam Wing Midge
Interesting to hear your take on the tails. I must admit that was my first reaction, "but it has a tail". The shuck idea sounds likely. If you really want to see some variation in midge patterns loo
The Unsung Bug Swap
I am going to do my version of the stealth bomber. The bass and the gills thinks a moth. Have not fished it as a trout fly might have to try it this summer.
Easy hopper pattern?
The Klod-Hopper is an excellent pattern and is featured in the July edition of Fly Fishing and Fly Tying.   I also found this video online: 
I like the look of it.. but....   In my mind I think.... crayfish swim 'backwards'... the tail is the direction that the crayfish goes.. yes? I don't know but..... I think that prey-fish would
Heading to Montana on the 3rd of July
Not heading out for a few hours but thanks, you gave me a good idea. I am not bringing my laptop and I fear boredom during travel. I should bring a couple lengths of cord to practice tying knots on th
Casting dry fly problem
When i'm dryfly fishing, i'm almost always using a 7'6" 3wt Jet or a 8' 4wt Zenith, 12' guideline trout tapperd leaders with about 1metre of tippet, same size or one smaller. Tappered leader should be
You gadget addicts
but....if the bottle is not in direct contact with a uv source inside the house in your tying room does it make a difference what color the bottle is??   I don't know....   you take the resi
Clouser Swap II
I'll take part in this one. Do I have to tell you what I'm tying or just any old clouser will work as long as they are all the same.
Charleston in 2.5 weeks
Cheapest? Go to Shem Creek rent a kayak and fish bay or fish creek. Our favorite local spot to eat? Shem Creek Bar and Grille. See the owner at Low Country Fly Shop for information. Nice guy. htt
Finishing Popper Heads
For those that haven't used a turner here's a pic or two of my setup -used for production tying but it could be a lot smaller/simpler.  Years and years ago barbecue rotisserie motors were what we
Popper Heads
This subject comes up a few times a year, it seems. You don't specify what you're tying for? Looking for show piece quality flies, painted pretty for fishermen?  Or are you tying to fish? If you'
Mayfly Swap
Brandon, I've been looking over several of your flies on your Instagram. Looks good. You missed a good carp swap on here recently. I think you'd be a great addition to our swap community and look forw
Looks like you had a nice day with Scottish Brown trout Crackaig... eh ? Those pictured.... Scottish Browns aren't they?
Round Bead heads?
I still have a few hollow brass beads that I bought from Herter's many years ago. These are not solid brass but are hollow when squeezed onto the hook with pliers. I used them behind some propeller sp
Epoxy Question
I used to use the Devcon 30 minute epoxy in a different environment than fly tying and will attest to it's durability and long life. I didn't know it was still available, good to know !
Southern Oregon Tying Hangout
Calling all Southern Oregon Fly Tyers and People who want to learn the art of tying. I want to do a get together tying session/ teaching thing. Free of course cuz I'm not good enough to charge for tha
First Week of Tying
"Welcome" and yes - fish your flies. I've been tying only 5 months and as soon as I was able to cast, I fished and found that the fish here were not too picky. It's so great to have a fish take a fly
And that's why it's nicknamed the idiot box! Posible almost 2000 channels? What!??????? Would not be bad if 20 or 30 were 24hr fly fishing or tying channels! But then would be repeat aftet repeat afte
Braided and Tapered Leaders
you should be fine with adding 6lb tippet to an 8 lb leader, but if you are breaking off 8lb leaders on trout something else is going on.  Knots are the obvious suspect.  8lb leader probably
tutorial about tying tails for dry flies
I wrote for beginners a small  tutorial about tying tails for dry flies. if somebody is interested and is curious to read it.       cheers,  Lucian
Braided loops
I also agree with Heavynets. I would add to step 1 that besides the strength of the line core to the coating there is also the actual strength of the coating tensile strength.   I do believe
Who has the best necks for Bass Bugs..?
I've used Indian necks, they're cheap and work fine.  Although small.  I think a Grade 2 Indian neck is about $5.   Here's one link.
First Few Flies
pheasant tail fibers (looks like it to me) are too soft to support the caddis (and they dont have tails)   hackles are too long for dry flies   thread heads need a little work. remove trappe
license holder
Missouri you just have to have it in your possession unless you're fishing in one of the state trout parks, then you have to display your "daily" trout tag.
Improvised Fly Tying
I'd say you're doing as well with improvised materials as many others are doing with "proper" materials. (Nothing wrong with improvising, by the way--a lot of great patterns have been created that way
Hellekson's Yaak Bug SBS
  Named after the river, not the animal; simple, generic fish-food fly.     hook - Dai Riki 280  #12 thread - UTC 140  grey brown tail - elk hair  dark abdomen -  
UV Resin Shootout
I just watched the new tightlinevideo tying video and he uses one that I hadn't seen before - Bondic. The resin and light are all in one device. Pretty convenient and less than $25 and that includes a
Black wooly buggers and tongue depressors.  Trying slumpbusters this summer :)  love them for trout and bet they'll clean up for bass. 
TLJ 9ft 4wt 4pc
              Just off the bench is this 9ft 4wt 4pc ready to head out to UT to it's new owner to be put to use on some of the more famous Western trout streams. Bla
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