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  1. Crabs and shrimp are a staple food source for fish like the Redfish, black drum, pompano, and other popular saltwater sport fish. These are fun fish to catch while fishing flats as you can sight cast to them while they are eating. I fish a lot for redfish down in the Gulf of Texas and the reds down there love eating crabs. Most crabs are difficult to tie, but when you get them down they can work really really well. This crab fly has worked really well for me and my closest fishing buddies for fishing redfish in the Gulf of Mexico. It is a great representation of a blue crab, but can mimic other crab species if you want to tie it in other colors. It sits on the bottom in a defensive stance which make it look like a crab trying to use its pinchers against a redfish or other crustacean eater. They aren't easy to tie and definitely aren't quick, but do work well. So give it a try.
  2. Long time no see guys! I used to be pretty active 5 or so years ago but haven't posted in forever. Anyhow I'm heading to oahu in May and I'm wondering if anyone has any insight into fishing down there. Locations, gear, flies, techniques, anything would be appreciated. It should be noted I plan to get a guide for at least a half day but would really like to do some fishing on my own as well.
  3. The Everglades Special is an EP style saltwater streamer fly that is a specific coloration. This is a popular color pattern for, you guessed it, the everglades. Well, anywhere that fish eat mullet as its an imitation of mullet. Its a great fly for fishing Redfish, tarpon, sea trout, snook, and other saltwater predator fish. However this can be tied in other color variations to make a pattern that could work for other species of fish as well. It would be a great fly to fish for bass, pike and other large predatory freshwater fish. So I guess you could say its not just a saltwater streamer fly, but also could work as a freshwater streamer as well. As for the materials I used, traditionally they are tied with EP fiber, hence an EP style streamer fly. However I used something called Congo hair which is an inexpensive version. It works as well in my opinion, and fishes just the same. Most people will not know the difference between the two, because they are so similar. This fly works best stripped and paused where it will get a slight side to side action. But constant stripping of the fly works well, and the slow sink makes any pause seem to entice fish. The profile, coloration and action of this fly seem to entice even the most stubborn redfish. Once you get the hang of tying these also, it is quite quick to tie. You should not have much trouble at all filling a streamer box in an afternoon. Trimming these is probably the most difficult part of the entire operation, but once you get the hang of trimming a couple, you will start to speed up and get more consistent. I like to tie up multiple, then trim all of them at once. This helps with consistencies with trimming and tying as you get the hang of just doing the same thing over and over.
  4. A few weeks ago, a customer of mine sent me a picture of a shrimp that he wanted me to tie for him. I had never seen this style shrimp before but gave it a go. After tying one, I realized just how nice this design was. The dubbed body gave a sorta transparent look, and the rest of the fly mimicked a shrimp perfectly! Absolutely one of the nicest shrimp patterns I have ever tied. I really like it. To be honest I cannot find this fly anywhere, so I cannot tell you exactly what it is called. So I am calling my version the Dubbed body shrimp. If any of you know the fly, and the name. Please tell me. Thank you! Here is a list of materials used on the fly. Hook: Gamakatsu SS15 in size 4 Thread: Veevus Power Thread 140 in Hot Pink Weight: Medium Dumbell Eye Pink Egg Sack: Para Post Wing in Hot Pink Leggs: Barred Rubber legs Feelers: Pearl Crystal Flash Eyes: Crustacean Mono Eyes Dubbing: Tan Senyo's Laser Dub UV Resin: Solarez Bone Dry
  5. So obviously I named this fly after the US president's hairline. Sorry to anyone I am offending, I mean no offense. I didnt tie it with that idea in mind, but when it came out of the vice, I thought to myself, dang that looks familiar. And I am not trying to get political, so any hateful comments will be deleted no matter what side of the fence they are from. This is a fly tying channel, not a political channel. No negative comments about the president, and no negative comments about the presidents opposition please. With that aside, I want to discuss the fly itself. I tied it with an idea in mind, to create a simple and quick shrimp that will be effective. This fly can be tied in about 10 minutes when you get the hang of it, and it does seem to move very nicely in the water. In fact my buddy that still lives near saltwater gave it a try and said he did well with it. So, Im really glad with the results. I also really love these custom eyes. I think they really add to this fly, and any other shrimp fly patterns. Hook: Ahrex NS-122 in size 8 Thread: Veevus power thread 140 in fl. orange Legs: Barred Rubber Legs Eyes: Custom Mono Shrimp Eyes Body Wrap: Cactus Chenille Spike Wing: Extra Select Craft Fur in Tan Head Cement: Solarez "Ultra Thin" UV Resin
  6. This is technically a brown shrimp imitation, but I think it could work (even at this coloration) for other shrimp as well. You could also tie this in other colors also. Its flashy, and has lots of movement. This fly really does work, and I caught one speckled sea trout on it when I took my trip to corpus for redfish fishing. I only caught 2 fish, and both were speckled trout. This one was the largest of the two. Shrimp are a very common food source for many fish, both freshwater and saltwater species. Brown shrimp are very common food sources for fish like redfish, speckled trout, and flounder in the gulf of mexico. Here is a list of materials I used on this fly, and a link to where you can purchase them. Hook: Gamakatsu SS15 size 2 Thread: Veevus power thread 140 in fluorescent pink Feelers: Tan Grizzly Marabou Flash: Gold Crystal Flash Eyes: Hand Made Mono Shrimp Eyes Collar: Tan Grizzly Marabou Body: Tan Craft Fur Tail: Tan Starburst Dubbing
  7. EP style flies are staples in many saltwater fishermans boxes. And the Mullet style pattern is definitely an important fly to have when fishing in the gulf. Redfish, sea trout, and many other species love mullet. This is more a finger mullet pattern, being so small. You can tie it larger, but I find this 2.5" size is best. Mullet tend to have darker colored heads vs the rest of their bodies. Their heads are also large and wide, so you need a wide profile head for a good imitation. Also, most mullet tend to have silvery looking eyes, so I find a silver eye works best. However you could use red or any other color you want. While this fly does take a long time to tie, it will last through many fish strikes. Its rather durable when tied correctly, and is really effective. Here is a list of materials I used to tie this fly Hook: Gamakatsu SC15 in size 1/0 Thread: Veevus Power Thread 140 in Brown Fiber: Congo Hair in "Natural White", "Caddis Tan", and "Medium Brown" Eyes: 3D stick on eyes Eye Adhesive: Fletch Tite Head Cement: Bone Dry UV Curing Resin made by Solarez
  8. Crab flies are staples for many saltwater fish. Redfish, permit, black drum, and more will go after a crab before anything else. The tasty little invertebrates are treats for these fish. Its no wonder why crab flies are staples in many saltwater fishermans boxes. This crab is based off a Merkin crab, however I made it quicker and easier to tie. The legs on the side of the fly have been replaced with more feelers in the front to make it quicker and easier to tie. http://youtu.be/pihHBXSh9P Hook: Gamakatsu SS15 in size 2 Thread: Danville's 210 flat waxed in tan Claws: Hackle cape in brown Feelers: Barred rubber legs in brown Body: Congo Hair (or EP fiber could work) in caddis tan and medium brown Weight: Dumbbell eyes 5.0mm
  9. Brown shrimp are one of the most common foods for many of the fish species in the Gulf of Mexico. From Redfish, to Speckled trout, to Permit and even flounder. All of these species eat brown shrimp and eat a lot of them. This has to be one of the most common baits to mimic when tying flies or buying lures. So you bet I am tying up a few brown trout patterns for my trip to Corpus Christy in October. This pattern closely mimics a brown trout, and also swims hook point up. It will sink to the bottom quickly due to the dumbbell eyes, and has lots of movement due to the rubber legs. Pretty much a deadly combination for redfish and speckled trout. Below is a list of all the materials I used to tie this fly. Hook: Gamakatsu SS15 in size 2 Thread: Danville 210 Flat waxed in brown Tail: Black barred rubber legs Dubbing: Trilobal dubbing in brown stone Weight: Gold lead dumbbell eyes in 5mm UV Resin: Solarez "Bone Dry"
  10. The Surf Candy was originally designed by Bob Popovics and has become a staple in many saltwater fishermans boxes. Like any good fly pattern, over the years there have been many variations made. This variation utilizes a dumbbell eye to keep the hook point up which will make it a bit more weedless. While not fool proof, it will snag much less easy on driftwood or other debris on the sea floor. That means you can fish it in some places that you normally could not fish the regular surf candy. I like adding the red sparkle type dubbing right behind the dumbbell eyes to mimic a gill or bleeding spot on the fish. However this is not required and you could leave that part out. Here is a list of all the materials I used today _________________________ Hook: Gamakatsu SC15 in size 1 1st Thread: Danville's 210 Flat Waxed in Red 2nd Thread: Danville's Fine Monofilament Thread Weight: Painted Medium Lead Dumbbell Eye Bleed Spot: Starburst Dubbing in red Bottom Fiber: Unique Hair in clear/white Top Fiber: Super Hair in light blue 1st Resin: Solarez "Thin Hard" UV curing resin 2nd Resin: Solarez "Thick Hard" UV curing resin 3rd Resin: Solarez "Bone Dry" UV curing resin
  11. Many people have already asked me to tie a fly with my beard hair, so here it is! I cut some hair from my beard, then tied a clouser minnow with it. I even went out and tested it on the water and I caught a few smallmouth bass with it! Pretty funny actually, catching fish with my beard. Hook: Gamakatsu SS15 - Size 2 Weight: Brass Dumbbell Eyes - 5MM Eye Adhesive - Super Glue Thread: Ultra thread 140 - Brown Fiber: My Beard! UV Resin: Solarez "Bone Dry"
  12. This fly is supposed to mimic a shrimp, however its a bit abstract. Its more about forcing a strike based on the movement and instinct rather than just visual cues. However this fly is one of the best for bonefish and does work very well. The calf tail is the most common fur used for these, but you could use many other natural materials including buck tail, or arctic fox tail. There are also many synthetic materials that work great with this fly as well. I have even known people to fish for panfish with this fly with a smaller hook. Whether your saltwater or freshwater fishing, this fly is a great fly that you should keep in your fly box Hook: Gamakatsu SL45 - size 6 Thread: Danville's 210 waxed - brown Weight: Dumbell eyes - small, black Body Wrap: saltwater sized flashabou, clear D-wrap Wing: calf tail - tan Flash: crystal flash - light orange
  13. Brown shrimp are a very common food source for many fish. I used to fish quite regularly in the gulf of mexico, and it was probably the most common bait people used out there. Many fish like redfish and seatrout love these little snack meals. This fly mimics the looks of a brown shrimp, but also with the right fishing techniques can also mimic the movement almost perfectly. You will catch lots of fish with this fly. Hook: Gamakatsu SS15 - Size 2 Body: Starburst Dubbing - Tan Antenna: Crystal Flash - Gold Eyes: Mono Eyes - Pink Thread: Ultra Thread 70 - Black
  14. This "flash minnow candy" uses a flexible UV curing resin for the body shape of the fly. Instead of using hard curing resin which doesn't feel realistic, and is prone to cracking/breaking. This will be more durable, and utilizing a flashy material, it will shine brilliantly in the water. This fly is great for both fresh and saltwater fish. Hook: Gamakatsu SS15 size 2 Tail fiber: Unique hair - clear/white Flash fiber: Starburst dubbing - pearl, holographic silver, jet black Eyes: 3D 4mm eyes Eye adhesive: Fletch Tite Body Resin: Solarez "flex" UV curing resin Thread: Danville clear monofilament thread - Fine
  15. This fly uses a heavy dumbbell to keep the fly swimming hook point up. The way this fly is tied, the dumbbell is hidden with the craft fur and 3D eyes. This fly, being tied with craft fur, moves wonderfully in the water. The movement is much like a dying baitfish due to occasionally turning sideways slightly when being jerked. Hook: Gamakatsu SS15 size 1/0 Fiber: Craft fur (white and chartreuse) Hook Wrap: Pearl cactus chenille Thread: Danville Fly Master - 70 Denier Weight: Dumbbell Eyes - 5mm Eyes: 3D eyes - 5mm Adhesive: Fletch Tight Head Cement: Solarez "Bone Dry" UV Resin
  16. This is a small bunker type fly that I tie for many saltwater species. I like Chartreuse and white for Stripers. This one is blue and white. Its a high back style tie on both the top and bottom. I add a bit of krystal flash to this fly as well. https://youtu.be/DRksd7ItFKI
  17. Surf Candies are a great fly for a subtle presentation. These mimic a small transparent fish very well. Made originally by Bob Popovics to fish bluefish in the surf, these quickly started showing up in fly fisherman's boxes for just about all species. Traditionally tied with this olive color, you can tie just about any color you want. They will match most of the hatches in the world both saltwater inshore and freshwater. These are also very durable flies since the first 1/3 of the fly is covered in epoxy. Toothy fish will not be able to rip off the flies hairs. Hook: Gamakatsu SC15 size 1/0 Thread: Clear Monofilament (fine) Fiber: Ultra Hair in Clear and Olive(or any fine crimped clear fiber) Flash: Flashabou (fine) Lateral Line: Flashabou (thick/saltwater) Epoxy: Solarez "Thin Hard", "Thick Hard" and "Ultra Thin - Bone Dry" formula's. https://youtu.be/pVDYJToSOaA
  18. The "stay hungry" fly is one of my favorite flies to fish for striper in the north west. Here, the striper like fast moving flies, that have lots of movement in the water and use bright colors with lots of flash. These flies match all those requirements. They are large profile flies, that move wonderfully in the water due to being tied with craft fur. I like tying them in white and chartreuse, however you can use what ever colors you want to match the hatch so to speak. They are great for muddy or murky conditions due to pushing so much water, and when tied with bright colors like chartreuse. These flies do take a little time, and a bit of skill to tie. Hook: Gamakatsu SS15 size 1/0 Thread: Danville 210 Waxed (white) Fiber: Craft fur (white and chartreuse) Flash: Krystal flash and flashabou Dubbing: Ice dub (pearl) Body Wrap: EZ body (pearl) Epoxy: Solarez "bone dry" formula. Music: Funnysong, Jazzyfrenchy, Sunny, and Clapandyell - Bensound.com Dumbbell Eye Tips: https://youtu.be/1vAds9-bnhA Preparing and selecting streamer hackle: https://youtu.be/yD5mMAK-OK8 Stay hungry video
  19. This pattern is one I tie to mimic small fry. Occasionally fish will be feeding exclusively on these small fish. When they do that, you need to get a good fry imitation out there. I tied this to be very realistic and mimic the small fry perfectly. It can be tied in a number of colors, and is relatively simple to tie. Hook: Gamakatsu SC15 size 1/0 Thread: Danville ultra fine monofiliment Body wrap: Saltwater flashabou, and pink crystal chenille Fiber: Ice Dubbing Flash: Krystal Flash Eyes: 3/32" silver eyes Epoxy: Solarez "thin hard" and "bone dry" formula Music: Sunny, funnysong - Bensound.com
  20. The cone head marabou deceiver is a lot like my other video on the square tail marabou deceiver, however this has a weighted cone head to make it sink and have a jigging action. The marabou makes it have lots of great action, and the buck tail protects the softer marabou from getting ripped apart. Hook: Gamakatsu SS15 size 2 Weight: 5/32" cone head Thread: Danville 210 waxed Tail: Marabou and krystal flash Wings: Bucktail Flash: Flashabou Eyes: 3D eyes size 5/32" Epoxy: Solarez "thin hard" and "bone dry" formula Music: Sunny, funnysong, happiness - Bensound.com Preparing Bucktail: https://youtu.be/glU67iVvkc0
  21. The square tail marabou deceiver is a great baitfish imitation. Its got a wide profile, and moves nicely in the water due to the marabou. The marabou is protected from being ripped up by the more durable buck tail surrounding it. This fly can be tied in a number of colors, and sizes. Making it great for a large number of fish species. Hook: Gamakatsu SS15 size 2 Thread: Danville 210 waxed (pink) Tail: Marabou (hot pink) Flash: Flashabou (pearl) and krystal flash (pink) Wings: Bucktail (hot pink and white) Gill: Red krystal flash Eyes: Silver 3D eyes (size 5/32) Epoxy: Solarez "thin hard" and "bone dry" formulas Music: Sunny, funnysong, happiness - Bensound.com Linked video's: Preparing bucktail - https://youtu.be/glU67iVvkc0
  22. The Clouser minnow was originally created back in the mid 80's by Bob Clouser, a legendary fly tier, instructor and fisherman. Soon after the flies creation, fly fisherman around the world started realizing the flies versatility and potential to catch just about any species of fish that eat bait fish. It has the ability to catch many saltwater fish species, as well as freshwater species. I take this fly to every saltwater outing I go on, and also to every lake fly trip for bass, trout, and even pike. If tied on a small hook, you can even crappie fish with it. The fly is rather easy to tie, and can be quite durable, which means you can catch more fish without the fly shredding. You can use other materials than just buck tail, however buck tail is the original way it was tied. Synthetic fibers however can be very effective. I even know someone who ties this with craft fur, and it moves incredibly in the water. Hook: Mustad 3407 size 6-3/0 (I am using 1/0 for the video). You could also use any strong and long shank hook. I commonly use a Gamakatsu SS15 as well. Weight/Eye: Dumbbell Eyes in any size you want. The larger the eye, the faster it sinks, and the smaller the eye, the slower it will sink. I am using a 7/32" size (or 5.5MM), which is rather large. I like mine to sink fast. Body: Bucktail in chartreuse and white. Thread: Danville 210 waxed. Epoxy: Solarez "thin hard" uv curing epoxy. Music: "Happiness" & "Sunny" - Bensound.com https://youtu.be/XfcRwJ-RwlU
  23. I use this fly to fish for redfish in the flats down in south Texas. It mimics a brown shrimp really well. Its a cross between a more realistic shrimp pattern and a crazy charlie. Seatrout love this fly as well. It can be tied in a number of colors. Its super easy to tie, not too many steps. Hook: Mustad 3407 size 1/0 Thread: Danville 210 Waxed Dubbing: The Kracken Dubbing Fiber: Super Fiber Weight: Bead chain eyes Epoxy: Solarez UV curing epoxy. "thin hard formula" and their "bone dry formula" https://youtu.be/v6wID8jhaqk
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    Hi guys ... I'd like to show You a sea bass fly that i prefer over all... https://www.utube.com/watch?v=OSJKEtUOd9I THANKS
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