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Trout Fly Tying

Dont you hate it when...
You have worked your hardest to get the perfect spun hair fly tyed, then over trim it and ruin the whole thing.   What are some of your "dont you hate it when" fly tying moments.
Hatchmaster Green Drake SBS
  Variation of a Darbee Two Feather; not sure who came up with this version.  Cool fly, pretty simple tie; good thing because I don't see these standing up to much chewing. Tied here as a G
Backpacking and photography trip suggestions.
Joe... I live half time in western NC.  In streams, you got trout, trout and trout.  In lakes, you're in wonderland... LM bass, SM bass, white crappie, black crappie, bluegills, yellow perch
Salty Krystal Flash Shrimp
I tie this fly for fishing sea trout and redfish in the gulf. There are these dark brown shrimp down there. I like them to sink slowly so I added a weight. Let me know what u think. https://youtu
Copying " My Bookmarks"
Flytire just about covered it.  Note that many (if not most) of the flies posted on the database don't contain tying instructions.... some don't even specify materials.  If you can find the
Dominic's Reneball Hacklestacker SBS
  Does double duty as an ant and midge (for whatever reason, orange in a midge works; see Buzzball).  Emerger hook used here for the wider gap.   hook - Dai Riki 125  #18 thread -
What do you think of this mullet pattern?
No I meant what I wrote McFly sparse deerhair moves well in saltwater and catches stripers. Bob Popovics wrote a book named Popovics Fleyes, your fly reminded me of the deerhair deceiver, Ill see if
New flies
Many years ago when I got back from a trip to Manzanita lake I open the trunk of my car and found 20 or 30 dead black flying ants scattered around the trunk liner.  Evidently these ants like
New How to Series
This is a new series of “How To” videos on salt water fly fishing in CA that I have been working on. The series will include float tubing in salt water bays, equipment needed, fishing tech
question 1. bluegill flies
Generally I get Bluegill or Pumpkin Seeds when trout fishing, they mostly take what the trout take, which is sometimes midges.. If I'm specifically fishing for them, a small woolly worm works fine or
Vintage Herters K63 Bobbin
I am looking to purchase a vintage Herters K63 Bobbin.  I had used one for years when I first started tying.  Does anyone have one for sale or know where I could purchase one.   Thanks,
Anyone in Dallas, Texas area???
I would love to be there. Unfortunately my travel ability even for shorter distances like that is out for me now. You're getting a chance to meet two legends of the sport who will be remembered for ma
Dark Barred Ginger or Cree Hackle Use
Agree with above. I firmly believe shades are better than solid colour blocks and grizzle, barred ginger, badger, etc will always be my choice over solid colours for trout wets and dries.
Copper John
I have always used ultra wire and never had any problems with oxidation. The copper john is a great pattern, I have had success with it for a long time. Try tying it in many colors! Happy tying. 
Fly Fishing Show in Winston Salem, NC
I had the opportunity to meet Tradd Little this past October at the Fall Fly Tying Expo in Mountain Home, Arkansas.  He won a contest where each tier was given a set of supplies and they had to c
Squirrel tail
Snipping the bone at the butt, place in a box lid, covering with table salt and let it sit a couple months is all I do.  If needed wash with warm water and dish soap and let dry in the sun.&
fishing kayaks
I bought a Dagger Blackwater 11.5 years ago. I added a rod holder and soft rubber paddle holder (the hard plastic break off) and an anchor system.   I love it for river fishing, but it paddles li
Montana Microjig Nymph
Microjig nymphs are usually tied on special microjig hook size 16 - 18 with heavy load in the head using a special slotted tungsten bead. Montana is my favorite pattern for brownies and rainbow trouts
Houston area fly tying festival - Feb 6th
For those that live in or near Texas, the Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival is happening this Saturday the 6th in Houston.  Blane Chocklett will the guest tyer and will be giving a couple present
3 wt backing
  On a 3 wt I doubt it's going to be a huge issue about how far into the backing a fish might spool you out. After reading this line ... I started to wonder. If you have a three weight, and
Trout Creations
Winter is for tying trout flies, I'm in.
Bass and panfish swap.. Custom fly creation!!!
I'd be okay with tying two flies.
Febuary Monthly beadhead swap - Need Swapper
The fly for this month is ANY beadhead. Nymph, panfish, tarpon, etc. To give a little more variety in the swap if someone wants to go with a beadchain for the head that would qualify.  We have lo
BWO - Blue Winged Olive Dry Fly
DATE DUE:      March 15th, 2016   Nothing frustrates an angler more than when the BWO's are hatching and you don't have the right match. In the Southeast United States they hatch a
Opening Day Trout Swap
Opening day of trout season, in many parts of the West, is the last Saturday in April. This year it is April 30.   Tie 12 of any trout fly, any size, any style.   Usual rules apply; stampe
February Flies From the Bench
All of you are tying these fancy ties and I'm tying caddis emergers all the ties look amazing
The Burden of Flyfishing?
I hunt woodcock and turkey Dave.  I have two phenomenal Brittanys. I shoot one bird each hunt (cause I do like to eat them and I skin them for fly tying friends) and then only photos. I am partia
I need your opinion-Fly tying display case
Greetings fellow fly tyers and anglers,    I'm venturing into the product development world and I could really use some feedback on a Fly tying display case that I'm considering bringing to
Trout fishing with tubes
Rogans gadget minnow transfers to a tube very well. I've caught lots of trout on all black tubes, short fur tail- black tinsel body- black hackle head. I really like the needle tubes for trout as the
Here is something I did to help organize my stuff. This is right next to my tying station. All from the dollar store the tools are in those do it yourself popcicle things
Free Kindle - Rock Pool Echoes
I recommend this short story of a great trout and a strange old man.    [url][/url]  
Metz Loco Skin... What can I do with it?
Hi all... Bought a large lot of tying stuff and in it was 4 packages of this Metz Loco Skin. Anyone care to give me some insight as to what it's for?  All I can find online is that if you like Me
High Speed Spinning Tool
  One could chuck a bent pin in a drill.... Is there a need for an electric-powered loop twister? I would think ... only in production line tying.   Next time my wife drags me to Ike
Gulf Coast Florida, Destin Area Help
From what everyone is saying I am getting pretty pumped for this trip and actually started tying up some flies last night. Tied some snook snacks, designed by Cheech at flyfishfood, in a size 2 along
New guy from great lakes Ontario
Welcome to the site, Ron.  No trout in Florida (at least not in MY neck o' the woods) but the flies are the same ... if a Bluegill or Bass will eat it, most trout will, too.   You are correc
Hello from NorCal
Hello, I live in the SF Bay Area. Some of my strongest and earliest memories as a child are of fishing. I started to fly fish about two years ago after I built my first fishing rod, a 9 foot 5 weight
Old Mustad Hooks
My father called me a couple weeks ago and said a woman from church had given him a bag of fly tying materials that came from her late husband's collection.  These hooks came along with everythin
Lunn's Spent Gnat SBS
  From across the pond. In the right colors, could make some interesting drake spinners.   hook - Mustad 94840  #10 thread - Danville 6/0  brown tail - pheasant tail rib - x-small
Mustad fly clips
My father in law uses them with trout flies. I've a pack in my vest never used, same fear as MikeChell. They also add weight to your fly which may or may not be a bonus.
Need skirt help
you could try tying it like Tom Nixon's Calcasieu Pig Boat   http://www.warmwaterfly
Itty Bitty Streamers
I have "The Hook Book" by Dick Stewart. Checked it out and the VMC 9283 is in it. So here's everything you ever wanted to know about a Size 18 VMC 9283.It's a 4XL down eye round bend hookShank length=
Show me your comb
I just found this review:
Thickening head cement
I use SHAN for head cement and as a thinner use Nail Polish Remover, which I think is acetone.  Works just fine.  Goop uses a different thinner, can't recall the name off-hand, but it's I be
Vise and fly kits
P.S.  I don't advise you to buy a fly kit.  They won't help you develop technique.  Decide what fly (flies) you want to start tying, and buy just the material you'll need for them. Lots
What's the deal on fly reels?
Roland, the biggest differences are material and origin of manufacturing. If you are planning on doing run of the mill trout fishing any trout reel that will hold a 5wt line and 50 yards of backing wi
Beadhead Caddis
I agree, sink rate comes first, most of the time the fish aren't that picky when it comes to bead size.  If you really want to get specific, here is what I like for hooks to bead size
Peak Lirs vice / jaws
I dont know about those jaws but im tying 6/0 musky flies for the swap on here with the regular peak jaws
Mathews' Mayfly Emerger (variation) SBS
Minor update to a Craig Mathews pattern. Tied here as a Flav (the indicator helps me spot this fly in low/flat light conditions when these bugs come out); change color/size to suit your needs.hook - D
teaching fly tying
I get a white screen every time I try to post pics, not sure what that's about. Snook and trout mostly. Usually the trout are pretty big (6-9lbs), but this year they're running small with just a fe
Question on Mustad 34007 hook finish
Thank you both for posting and the photo.  I know it can be silly but I never really liked tying on really shiny hooks.
Whats the weather like?
21f overnight, 32f right now and breezy and that  is probably the high for the day. Looks like a snow storm coming in for the weekend here with 50mph winds. The final details aren't in yet. Right
Hook up poppers
I've seen a few attempts.  I've tried a few designs.  Two main problems I keep seeing ... Problem 1:  If you trim so the bulk of the material is on the "hook side", thus making it rid
Finishing balsa poppers
I've seen that problem, Fish.  Many of the experimental flies I tie don't float like I want them to.  The wrong paint, especially thick application paints or epoxies, can sink a small popper
make your own zonker strip cutter
scary is right! I do cut my own strips from whole skins, but I just use one single-edged razor blade. One long strip makes several flies, so I just cut as many strips at a time as I'll need for a give
Tips for teaching a kid to tie?
My local trout will hit a #8-#14 happily enough and I've found a 10or 12 seem right to keep the interest and get some material down without being too big to use loads of stuff and become a chore.
Streamer Junkies
You're hitting tomorrow for the day (trout). You can only bring 3 streamers with you....What are they? And what colors?
New to tying flies, my clouser attempts
Since we're talking about Clouser variations. Here's a way you can add flash and sound to a Clouser without tying the top hair down.[attachment=55635:095.JPG]Looking at it I realized the belly hair wa
FTF Fly Pattern - flytire - Mini Black Hole Demon
Great pattern.  Just been tying some for the seatrout here, "bit" longer hackle on my flees.
Miller's Bubble Dun (variation) SBS
  Tied here as a Flav; change color/size to suit your needs.  Racing stripe is optional. hook - Dai Riki 300  #14thread - MFC 8/0  olivetail - hackle fibers  grizzly
Favorite bench side drink?
Coffee (well sort of). The coffee "gets" to the bench but I get so wrapped up in the tying that it almost always gets cold and I rarely drink any of it. However, I "do" succeed in drinking my coffee h
Lady Caroline
Nope, way too early! Evetything is frozen (last two weeks we've had -17C....), so: no trout until april, and the salmon season isn't until june
Adding legs to spun hair flys
I tie tightly packed deer hair bugs everyday. I use the leg puller tool. It works great.    Same for me.  If you get the bug dense enough, pulling the legs through works great and t
Lesser Known Hackle Growers?
Unlike, say rod makers, it's not like there's some kind of huge hackle industry that's squashing all the little guys.  Hackle producers aren't the "Walmart" of the fly tying world.  Basicall
Acrylic Yarn Streamer Swims Like A Snake
I do like the look off that fly simple color w/eyes,and you say that it swims well in freshwater? maybe better in the salt I say? Tied it last evening when my wife asked if I could use the scraps. S
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