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  • 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....

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  • 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[…]

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  • 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)

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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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  • Tubing Midge

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Apr 18, 2017 | 16:10 pm

    Tubing Midge The Easiest Fly in the WorldWhen it comes to fly tying, it's always a bonus to have a few flies in your arsenal that are both super effective, and easy to tie.  The tubing midge is probably the easiest fly in the world to tie, and it looks a bit more realistic than a good old Zebra Midge.  For me, the best part of this fly is that there are tons of different colors so you can get a really good match for your local bugs.  Another cool technique that isn't shown on this video is that you can use different colors of thread and see through colors of tubing to give it a cool effect.   Check out the colors of Micro Tubing here.  You can also use this tubing technique to make several other types of flies like caddis pupae, mayfly nymphs, and chironomids. ~ CheechMaterial ListsBuckskin Add to Cart   View in storeHook: Daiichi 1120 - Heavy Wire Scud Hook - 20     Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Cream     Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Gold - 1/16" (1.5mm)     Body: Body & Rib Tubing - Buckskin - Micro (small)     Brown Olive Add to Cart   View in storeHook: Daiichi 1120 -[…]

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  • Tactical Purple Haze

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Apr 13, 2017 | 16:48 pm

    Tactical Purple Haze Another Phase of Purple HazeThe Purple Haze is no secret anymore, and it's becoming more and more popular in fly boxes across the country.  The Parachute Adams is arguably the most versatile fly on the planet, but in certain situations, a few little highlights of purple make all the difference.  On this fly, I really didn't do anything different other than sparse up the tail, make a more realistic post that looks more like a mayfly wing, and change the color of the hackle ever so slightly. Oh yeah...  I also added a razor sharp Fulling Mill dry fly hook for maximum fish hookiness. The fly really doesn't need a lot of introduction other than explaining those changes.  Just make sure that you watch how I tie off the hackle and whip finish because those are two techniques you can use on any parachute fly.Tips:Hackle: I listed the high and dry hackle on this one, but Whiting (Red Label) and Hebert Miner are great bets too. Rest assured - If we sell it, it's going to be great dry fly hackle.Body: Change it up and tie these in various colors.  Try burnt orange, and brown...Thorax: I use a blend of[…]

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  • Early Season Chironomid Fishing Tips

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Apr 11, 2017 | 11:57 am

    Early Season Chironomid Fishing Tips Big Fish Small BugsColorado Cutthroat on a ChironomidI'm often surprised by the reaction I get from people who haven't either fished chironomids on stillwaters or who didn't realize you can catch big fish on these little-ish bug imitations when they see the efficacy and size-producing results of fishing them.With that said, I typically get right down to business busting out the chironomid boxes as soon as the ice comes off. That usually coincides with the first movement of the chironomid larva (blood worms) from the bottom of the lake as they look to migrate to the surface.In this little clip, I explain a few tactics to handle these early season chironomid situations. Here's a summary of those tips:1. Fish blood worms closer to the bottom to start off: If you don't see any actively hatching chironomids, keep in mind that at the larval stage, the bugs can still be quite active down in the mud and muck. I fish bloodworm patterns deeper to start off.Pupating Chironomid2. Rig Droppers to test depth and pattern types: If you fish just one pattern at a time, you're severely handicapping yourself. Rig a bloodworm as point fly and then you can rig one or[…]

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  • Chironomid Clinic

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Apr 4, 2017 | 00:23 am

    Chironomid Clinic Come Hang and Fish!Chironomid RainbowWe're excited to announce an exciting opportunity coming up: We're holding a special Chironomid clinic at Falcon's Ledge in Altamont Utah on April 14th and 15th. This is a must-attend event for a few reasons. First, which may or may not be all that attractive, you'll be listening to Cheech and I spill the beans on chironomid patterns, techniques and gear. Second, you'll have on-the-water fishing time on some of the most productive chironomid waters we know to put into practice what you learn. This time of year offers some of the most consistent fishing and we anticipate great chironomid hatches and lots of great fish!And lastly, you can spend the night in the very awesome Falcon's Ledge Lodge. This clinic is only $250. The normal fishing and lodging rates alone are well worth this much! If you prefer to attend only the morning session, the cost is only $150.Here's the agenda:April 14th6pm: Arrive at Falcon's Ledge.7pm: Fly patterns, gear and technique presentation.9pm: Hang out and/or retire to bedApril 15th:7am: On-the-water presentation and review8am: Fishing time with one-one-one instructor coaching11am: Departure from FalconsIf you're interested, please email me: are limited. If you'd prefer to attend only[…]

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