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  1. Here's my latest YouTube video, featuring a Hot Spot Spider (which is close to synonymous as a soft hackle). This is a fun pattern because it has lots of history, but also utilizes a modern material, Glo-Brite, for the hot spot. Enjoy! TC
  2. I love tying buggers with a variety of feathers, but especially like those that are buggier (bc you get more action in the water). Clearwater Hackle has schlappen, which is great for this. Here's a video I made featuring that kind of material: Here's another bugger, not with schlappen, but again, very buggy material: TC
  3. Here's my newest YouTube tutorial, Josh's White Lightning, a pattern created by Josh Williams. The story behind the fly is incredible; Josh is a veteran with only one arm. He was fishing the fly when an exec from Orvis told him that he should submit it for their catalog; Josh did and the fly has taken off! Enjoy the tutorial... TC
  4. Kimo, How will that fly sit in the water with a tippet on it? Thanks! TC It presents really well when you just apply floatant to the hackle. Roy Christie designed it so that the tippet would be submerged. Check out his . Kimo That's a fun video to watch! Roy is very informative and clear with his explanation. I really like seeing the way he ties in the hackle and believe that this can be applied to a lot of other patterns. Thanks for sharing, Kimo. TC
  5. Kimo, How will that fly sit in the water with a tippet on it? Thanks! TC
  6. Here's my latest for YouTube, a Zuddler Conehead Minnow. This pattern is part Zonker, part Muddler Minnow...enough said! Hope you enjoy it... TC
  7. I love all of the video post that you've made, Clear,clean and to the point. This was my favorite though,I hope in 42 more years I'm still tying like your uncle John. Thanks; I really appreciate the comments and will certainly pass them onto my uncle. He is definitely an inspiration and was actually nervous when tying that pattern. It's tough to believe that he's 82 and still tying on a consistent basis (sometimes more so than me!). Thanks again! TC
  8. As long as your wraps are uniform, the hook point will remain down. If you are looking for weight, I would suggest lead eyes, and tie them on the bottom of the hook shank. Not only are you adding weight, but you are also going to get the jigging motion out of the pattern (assuming you are fishing a strip-retrieve, which may be why you want the hook point down). Good luck! TC
  9. It's tough to figure out the problem without watching you tie the materials in, but it sounds like the issue can be narrowed down to a couple possibilities. First, ensure that you are using high quality materials. I use a lot of duck wings for various flies, and many of the feathers are simply inadequate to use for certain feathers. Next, through the resources you are using, ensure that your tie-in location for the wings matches the illustrations. By this, I mean the location on the hook and how you have the previous materials tied off (which is more essential for the delta wing). Once you have those pieces correct, make your thread turns with confidence. You are correct about this taking time and patience, but it's well worth the payoff at the end. Good luck! TC
  10. Here's a fun tutorial that I completed with my uncle, John Cammisa, who is 82. He's been tying for over 40 years and has taught me quite a few tricks along the way. He really enjoys tying the Humpy, thus I had him tie one for YouTube; enjoy! TC
  11. I really like the look of this caddis, especially with those cdc legs. Thanks for sharing! TC
  12. Here's a recent fly I tied, Doug Swisher's Madam X (color: Royal). This is such a fun fly to tie, especially with the deerhair bullethead! Enjoy! TC
  13. Here's a Rusty Spinner that I just placed on YouTube; I tied this with hi-visibility foam to improve visibility @ night, plus utilized a turkey biot for the body to add to the realism. Thanks! TC
  14. I will second what you said regarding their new barbless hooks; there is something special about them. There are a lot of other styles that I use (being that they offer great hooks with a nice discount if you purchase 100...plus free shipping), but the barbless hooks that they are carrying have been excellent. It is a completely different hook than their other models, and I prefer the barbless ones they offer over most others. TC
  15. Great looking pattern there; I really like the use of cdc! Nice work... TC
  16. It's tricky to say, since we can only view the material from a computer. It's always best to examine it closely (hence supporting local shops), but there are many times when it's not that easy. I love going to the various fly tying shows and seeing the various products, but when you need something now, that's when you have to fall back on the hackle you've trusted for years (Clearwater Hackle, Collins Hackle, etc.). If you have a few dollars to drop, try this hackle and send us some feedback via this forum; there is a new hackle guy in my area (Alsdorf Genetic Hackle) that is starting to put some great stuff out, thus I have bought a few from him to see how it looks. Good luck in your search! TC
  17. Here's my latest fly I placed on YouTube, a Schlappen Woolly Bugger; enjoy! TC
  18. Carson, I loved the look of these soft hackles; nice work! TC
  19. My newest YouTube tutorial; I chose to go over materials and steps involved with the "Crazy Charlie." TC
  20. The flies look great; very smooth transitions throughout both patterns. TC
  21. Here's an easy, yet effective (though, is that an understatement???) fly, the Clouser Deep Minnow; enjoy! TC
  22. Either way, congrats, and good luck tying in the "little kid room!" Brings back memories of the table my parents made my cousins and me sit at during Thanksgiving (sans a fly tying vise)... TC
  23. Thanks; actually, @ the bottom of the diagram, there is an explanation of each. For the tag, "With the hook shank parallel to the tying surface, the tag starts at the barb point and proceeds to the hook point. The tag may consist of several materials such as tinsel and floss." ;-) that's proportions, placement is a different issue Well Chris, we're going to have to agree to disagree on this one. TC
  24. I definitely like using jig-style hooks; I'll include two videos of patterns that I tie (hooks are from Allen Fly Fishing and Performance Flies, I believe, in these two). The biggest downside is that fish tend to get hooked in the upper part of the mouth w/ these style of hooks. Tony Spezio has told me that he does not like using them for that simple point, though concedes that they will allow for less snagging of the stream bottom. I use them for a lot of my nymph fishing, especially in instances that I prefer to have a direct connection minus any splitshot (hence with the weight fully in the fly). Bloody Mary nymph on jig hook: TC
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