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  • Carp Crawler

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 23, 2017 | 14:58 pm

    Carp Crawler Crawl Some Carp into Your Net!This pattern kind of started out as a bug that was quick to tie and that I could pass out to buddies who were trying to catch carp on size 2 wooly buggers.  I also wanted to create a fly that would gently tickle the bottom as it crawled slowly through the Carpocalypse zone...  It started that way anyway... It ended up being my #1 confidence carp bug, and I have caught fish on it in all kinds of color variations.  The keys to this fly are the hook, leg placement, and weight.  The hook is a Gamakatsu SL45 which is designed to tie inverted hook flies for bonefish - I also just so happens to be an excellent carp hook.  The leg placement is critical because it they help balance the fly correctly with one leg on each side and one in the middle.  The weight needs to change quite a bit based on where you are fishing, and what depth you are fishing.  You don't want something that will plummet and hit the bottom hard.  You want it to fall at a moderate pace, and just "tickle" the bottom.  Tie some of these[…]

  • Egan's Red Dart

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 14, 2017 | 09:21 am

    Egan's Red Dart A FLASHY ATTRACTORRed DartThe Red Dart is a design combining the best parts of a couple of old favorite fly patterns and applying current materials.  The result is a fishy attractor.  I came up with the fly at the 2011 World Fly Fishing Championships held in Bolzano, Italy.  Fish were being caught on red tags (old school style with yarn tail and peacock body), and prince nymphs.  I was having the best success on prince nymphs tied with red thread (hotspot collar) and with peacock ice dubbing instead of natural peacock for the body.  My thought was that if I combined the two flies I might find something the fish really liked.  So, the red tail from the red tag replaced the biot tail from the prince.  I used brightly dyed hackle fibers for the tail instead of wool yarn found in the old school red tag.  Peacock ice dub has replaced natural peacock for my prince nymphs so I used the flashy synthetic.  I removed the white biots normally found on the back of a prince nymph but kept the prince's brown soft hackle.  One more addition and the fly was finished.  The hotspot.  Hotspots are very common in[…]

  • High Country Edit

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 12, 2017 | 11:08 am

    A QuickieNothing grand, but a quick edit we did in between wrestling Brookies and Cutts for a few days.

  • The Iron Lotus

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 31, 2017 | 09:50 am

    The Iron Lotus A dense Baetis with a subtle hotspotIron LotusThe Iron Lotus is a quick sinking imitation of a mayfly nymph.  Its slick, coated body aids in the sink rate, its subtly segmented body adds realism, its sleek silhouette matches the naturals and its gold tungsten bead and subtle red thread hotspot give just enough flash and color contrast to pique the interest of feeding Trout.  If you are a fan of dumb humor movies (like me), then you likely know where this fly got its name.  Shortly after designing this fly the movie, "Blades of Glory", came out.  My team watched "Blades of Glory" several nights while tying flies leading up to a National Fly Fishing Championship.  In the movie was a dangerous, yet wildly effective (if executed properly) skating move called the "fabled iron lotus".  I thought the name was a catchy, and kind of summed up this pattern so I borrowed it for this fly. I tie these in size 12 to 16 using jig hooks and size 18-20 on regular nymph or scud hooks.  Because Baetis nymphs do not have anything red or gold on them, I've tried several versions of this fly with black or black nickel[…]

  • Uncle Ken's Mopster

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 19, 2017 | 16:27 pm

    Uncle Ken's Mopster The Best Fly on the Planet... BAR NONEUncle Ken has taken some time out of his busy schedule of trapping coons, teaching the local girl scouts how to weld, and yelling at his wife to grace us in the fly studio.  He has been keeping this one under taps for quite a while, but he felt this was the appropriate time to share the Mopster.  In his words, "If you take this'n here out and you don't limit out in a half hour...  it ain't the fly - YOU SUCK."  He's not necessarily one with words.  Just give the video a watch and you will see what we mean.~ Cheech THE RECIPE FOR THIS FLY IS CLASSIFIED....

  • Egan's Frenchie

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 15, 2017 | 20:04 pm

    Egan's Frenchie A SIMPLIFIED, MORE EFFECTIVE PHEASANT TAILRainbow who fell for a FrenchieEgan's FrenchieThe Frenchie is one of my go-to patterns for sure.  It's quick to tie, and fish love it.  The Frenchie is my version, or my favorite color combination of a common competition fly.  When I first entered the world of competition fly fishing I was introduced to many fly patterns that seemed too simple to work, or too flashy, gaudy & outrageous to take fish. Yet, my boxes are now adorned with similar atrocities.  Anyway, the Frenchie was one that seemed tolerable.  Though I never had great success on standard pheasant tails, I had caught a few fish on them and I'd certainly taken note of the regularity with which customers purchased pheasant tails, so somebody was getting them to work.  ;)  The Frenchie style fly I first saw used natural pheasant tail fibers for the tail and body and had a hotspot behind the bead which varied in color.  I simply found a color combination that consistently caught fish utilizing the standard "frenchie" theme.  So, for clarification, I did not invent this style of fly.  Egan's Frenchie is a variation on the original theme and the color combination[…]

  • Bead Organizing Hack

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 11, 2017 | 22:20 pm

    I've been doing it wrong all these yearsThis is quick and dirty. Until I finally took Cheech's advice on organizing beads, I never knew what I was missing out on. Turns out there's a much better way to organize those little suckers.Here it is...(oh and you can snag those tweezers from Tiemco here or the Beadzers here)

  • The Rainbow Warrior

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 9, 2017 | 11:20 am

    The Rainbow Warrior Flashy FantasticThe Rainbow Warrior was my first commercially available fly pattern, and is still my best seller.Rainbow Warrior Despite its flashy looks, it works well for selective tailwater Trout, and of course for eager freestone/pocketwater fish too.  This pattern is easy to tie and very effective.  The Warrior's flashy body and red thread hot spot don't imitate anything in particular, but that is a good thing.  Fish can mistake it for many food forms.  I find it works well in waterways with sow bugs, scuds, midge pupae, and even as a chironomid imitation in lakes.  The bottom line....don't worry about "why" fish eat it.  Just be happy they eat it.  Tie a few for your nymph box and I'm confident the Rainbow Warrior will be productive enough to keep you tying them (or buying, if you don't tie. Buy here )Material List Add to Cart   View in storeHook: TMC 2457 Caddis Pupa, Nymph Hook - 16     Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Red     Beads: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Nickel - 3/32" (2.3mm)     Tail: Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails - Natural     Body/Wingcase: Pearl Tinsel - Large     Thorax: Wapsi Sow Scud Dubbing - Rainbow     Other tools from the tutorial:Renzetti Master Vise […]

  • Non Copper John

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 1, 2017 | 11:22 am

    Non Copper John Variation of a classicI think everyone on the planet has fished a Copper John before.  Big thanks to John Barr from Colorado for coming up with this fly, and a great selection of other fish slayers.  When I was just getting started I'd always have problems wrapping the wire for the Copper John because it never laid down perfectly and I was a savage with thread wraps.  The solution to that was to use a very flat thread in order to put a flat surface down before wrapping the wire.  I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner, but you can ditch the wire altogether.  Tubing has become one of my very favorite materials due to the huge variety of things you can do with it.  In this case, I just swapped wire for tubing and it's a hit!  Tubing also comes in a wide variety of colors, so it's pretty easy to tie flies that match your local hatches.  Obviously this is nothing original, I just swapped out one material for another and it seems to work out fine.Happy Tying!~Cheech Material List Add to Cart   View in storeHook: Daiichi 1530 - Heavy Wet Fly Hook - 12 […]

  • Bucktooth Callibaetis Nymph

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Apr 26, 2017 | 10:32 am

    Bucktooth Callibaetis Nymph Lightweight and SoftI look at my stillwater boxes and besides my Chironomid box, the Callibaetis collection usually gets the most pattern swapping from season to season. Like any pattern you fish with, you end up tweaking it over time. I've been working more and more with similar pattern versions just mixing up colors and, most importantly, weight. The Bucktooth Callibaetis is a simple nymph or emerger pattern that has no added weight. It's a good dropper on a weightless rig or a rig with a weighted anchor fly. I've also used it dropped from a dry fly. A floating or intermediate line is a good way to present this type of pattern, although we've done really well lately with the RIO Midge Tip lines (currently very difficult to get in the US).But at the end of the day, as Cheech and I have been finding, a good soft hackle selection in your callibaetis box is a must. We had some crazy good results with his Callibaetis Soft Hackle (you can see the tutorial and material list here) and a few other patterns still in the works. A nice Brookie that was gorging on Callibaetis nymphsThe genesis for this pattern was driven mostly[…]


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