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  • Gray Soft Hackle

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 20, 2017 | 16:28 pm

    Gray Soft Hackle A Mix of Classic and ModernGive respect to the yard birds.  Most fly tyers know that good dry fly hackle is like art to behold, and there is so much time, effort, and history that goes into those hackles that it's kind of mind blowing to think about.  But what about the common hens that seem to be populating back yards across hipster-America? What about the yard birds? Well, Those feathers tie some of the most effective fly patterns out there - soft hackles.  The beauty of a soft hackle style fly is that you can tie them out of so many different types of feathers: chickens, partridge, grouse, starling, pheasant, etc etc...  I have personally been really fond of the 4B hen capes from Whiting Farms, and they have been dominating my soft hackle efforts.This fly is really just a standard soft hackle that I added a bit of modern materials to.  The rib is made of Spanflex and the thorax is made of ice dub, but other than that, it's a pretty standard fly.  This one isn't as sparse as some people tie them (I tie those too), but I wanted to make a hackle with some depth,[…]

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  • Little Neon Caddis Nymph

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 16, 2017 | 15:06 pm

    Little Neon Caddis Nymph One of my "go-to" nymphsLittle NeonBack in college, I did a fair amount of guiding on a local tailwater and fished a lot of hatch-matchy type patterns depending on the time of year. There also happened to be a lot of caddis in this river and I found one caddis larva pattern, in particular, seemed to do well all year round. This pattern was originally tied relatively small (#18's and #20's) and on a straight shank nymph hook but I've since started tying them jig style -- especially for Euro style nymphing.Nothing fancy as far as materials go so it's an easy tie and will definitely drum up fish for you.Material List Add to Cart   View in storeHook: Hanak H 450 BL Jig Hook - 12     Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Black     Bead: Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Black - 7/64" (2.8mm)     Weight: Lead Free Round Wire - .015     Under-Body: Veevus Holographic Tinsel - Chartreuse - Medium     Over-Body: Half Round D Rib - Chartreuse - Small     Thorax: Hare'e Ice Dub - Black     Soft Hackle: Nature's Spirit Starling Skin     Other tools from the tutorial:Tiemco Razor Scissors - Gold, Half-serrated     Tiemco Tying Brush     C&F Design Hackle[…]

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  • Wiggle Whitey - Atriculated Streamer

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 13, 2017 | 22:38 pm

    Wiggle Whitey - Atriculated Streamer Browns Love White MeatWiggle WhiteyI was on a solo mission to one of those spots on the river that exist on every piece of moving water in the country.  It's the hole that you have looked at time and time again but never fish it because of whatever excuse you come up with.  I had driven past this hole for years, and finally decided that it was time for me to figure out why it was taunting me so much.  It was still pretty early and the light was low, but I could still decipher some oblong slithery movement hugging the rocks beneath the main current.  On went the good old stonefly and worm rig with the Euro outfit and it didn't take long before my line was tight - super tight.  I was sure that I had hooked the biggest brown I had ever hooked on that river until I saw it.  Purplish flash on the back.  Odd head wiggles.  Yep.  It was a whitey.  I actually gained a lot of respect for Grandpa Whitey and all of his other family members that decided to fight with me that day, because of all the fish I caught in what[…]

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  • Starling and Pheasant Blue Winged Olive Soft Hackle

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 10, 2017 | 23:47 pm

    Starling and Pheasant Blue Winged Olive Soft Hackle A Hatch-Matchy SoftieI remember one time fishing on the Firehole river many years ago in Yellowstone National Park. We ran into a phenomenal PMD hatch that saw an old-timer hip-boot wearing guy above us fishing what turned out to be soft hackles. He slayed and we caught only a few fish. I was sold.Since then, I've always made it a point to have soft hackles across most of my pattern types. I've had great days fishing soft hackles with incredible success during hatches with midges, blue winged olives, green drakes, callibaetis and whatever other winged bug you can think of.This pattern is a great emerger or even drowned adult. Sylvester Nemes mentions a pheasant and starling in his famous soft hackle book which got me thinking about this one. Plus, it's hard to beat such a good natural combination as pheasant tail fibers and the very soft and supple feathers from a starling.Although this one represents a Baetis or blue winged olive, you can mix up the colors to match whatever mayfly or bug you'd like. They're easy to tie and fun to fish.Material List Add to Cart   View in storeHook: Fulling Mill 35050 Ultimate Dry Fly Hook, Barbless[…]

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  • The Asher Stacker

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 7, 2017 | 16:31 pm

    The Asher Stacker A Killer Midge ClusterAsher Stacker Going back a few years, I posted the story of the Orange Asher and how it had become a solid part of my midge box. But, as is my usual tendency, I tinker with things. I found that the original Asher ended up doing better when more sparsely hackled. However, the problem there became that it didn't float as well. That got me thinking about ways to keep enough hackle but yet still maintain a somewhat sparse amount of hackle showing to the trout. That's when I figured a hackle stacker style Asher would do the trick.What I realized even more is that with this style, the bright orange body sits flush on the water and is much more visible. So I've basically transitioned my section of Ashers in the midge box to a section of Asher Stackers. And like the previous version, Green, Purple, Red or Pink are also great colors.Note: See the 2nd video below for a more wide-angle explanation/view of how to wrap the hackle.Material List Add to Cart   View in storeHook: Fulling Mill 35050 Ultimate Dry Fly Hook, Barbless - 16     Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Fl.[…]

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  • G Funk Stonefly

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 20, 2017 | 23:02 pm

    G Funk Stonefly You Can't Fake the FunkSeines are cool...  Several summers back, I was fishing with my brother on a very popular Utah river, and I had brought my 3'x4' seine so I could show him the importance to fly selection and how each river is very different.  Off we went to some fairly oxygenated water and he went a few feet upstream and started the seine dance.  After several minutes of making him look like a complete idiot, we had some movement on the screen.  Those samples won't be easily forgotten, not because of the sheer amount of insects that ended up crawling around on the screen, it was because the majority of them were large gnarly stoneflies that somehow found their way into a river dominated by mayflies and midges.  We all know that they didn't just somehow end up there...  Most anglers will just find something that works and stick with it (not that there is anything wrong with that) and completely ignore insects that might even help you catch more fish than the normal standbys.  By seining these waters, I not only changed the normal bugs that I fish there, but I started to fish where these big[…]

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  • 2017 Savery Creek Hosted Trip

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 14, 2017 | 21:28 pm

    2017 Savery Creek Hosted Trip June 29th to July 2nd 2017Savery Rainbow taken on a big hopperWe're excited to announce our Savery Creek hosted trip for 2017. From June 29th to July 2nd, we'll be packing our gear and heading to a legendary remote stream in the wilds of south central Wyoming where we'll hang with you for a few days throwing big dry flies and streamers to hungry trophy-sized Rainbow trout. It's truly difficult to describe how awesome this place is to those who haven't experienced it. Suffice it to say, it's an incredible opportunity to catch huge fish on big nasty flies. This hosted trip is one of the highlights of the year for us!Here's how it will go: You'll travel to Wyoming and meet up with someone Thursday to accompany you to the lodge. Thursday evening, we'll enjoy some home-cooked food and discuss the fishing plans for the next day. You can then enjoy an evening of relaxation watching a variety of wildlife from the balcony or tie flies with Cheech and Curtis. You'll then spend two full days of fishing with us. We normally fish big dry flies and streamers but nymphing can also be effective as well. Our goal is[…]

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  • Mil Spec Damaged Dun

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 13, 2017 | 03:26 am

    Mil Spec Damaged Dun Trout Love Easy FoodIf you didn't know, mayflies are like cheeseburgers.  It's a long story, but I ranted about it here (EPIC cheeseburger rant)... This is another fly from the Mil Spec series that I have been playing with to mimic a mayfly that is having a hard time growing up and incorporating itself into the adult world.  It likes to just hang in the film not knowing that there are hungry sharks seeking it out.  Yep.  I like fishing cripples.  This is kind of a takeoff of the Quigley style of cripple with the classic front-facing wing and hackle.  Anyway, it's a very simple, straightforward pattern that doesn't need a lot of explaining.  Bring on the video!Material List Add to Cart   View in storeHook: Fulling Mill 35050 Ultimate Dry Fly Hook, Barbless - 18     Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Olive     Hackle: Whiting Hebert Miner Hackle Cape - Bronze - Medium Gray Dun     Tail: Sparkle Emerger Yarn - Olive Brown     Wing: EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers - Dark Dun     Other tools from the tutorial:Tiemco TMC Adjustable Magnetic Bobbin     Loon Ergo All Purpose Scissors - 4"     Marc Petitjean Whip Finisher     

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  • Mil Spec Soft Hackle

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 8, 2017 | 22:31 pm

    Mil Spec Soft Hackle Trout Food with Two MaterialsThe latest entry to the Mil Spec lineup is just a simple soft hackle pattern.  Really, this pattern doesn't need much explanation because it's only two materials, but the subtle segmentation and a sparse hackle is a good recipe for sore fish lips.  I really like to fish this fly on a Euro rig with a small split shot above it for weight (yes...  call me a heathen).  One key to this pattern is the Whiting Farms is the 4B hen cape that is used, and we actually prefer these to the red label Whiting hen capes because of how soft and webby the feathers are.  The best part about this fly is that you can tie up a dozen in no time...  No more talky...  Here is the video.~ Cheech Material List Add to Cart   View in storeHook: TMC 2488 Nymph Hook - 18 - 25 Pack     Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Olive     Hackle: Whiting 4B Hen Cape - Natural Medium Dun     Other tools from the tutorial:Tiemco TMC Adjustable Magnetic Bobbin     Loon Ergo All Purpose Scissors - 4"     Marc Petitjean Whip Finisher     C&F Design Hackle Pliers     

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  • Mil Spec Nymph

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jan 23, 2017 | 15:47 pm

    Mil Spec Nymph Thin to WinMil Spec Nymphs"Now that was a cast," I privately assured myself as I landed my small PMD emerger about 7 feet in front of the fish that had been taunting me all day.  He was the guy that was telling his fish buddies "hey watch this," and he would rise very aggressively, and then stay subsurface for 15 minutes.  Little did he know, that I had a fresh dry fly itch, and it was going to get scratched that day.  This went on for about 40 minutes or so, and this fish had me right where he wanted me; frustrated, searching for exactly the right bug, casting hurriedly...  I had dry fly fever.  Curtis will attest that I change flies more than humanly necessary, and this trip was no exception.  On went a little curved shank bunny jobber, with all the right floaty parts in all the right places.  This bully of a fish lost that battle on the very cast that I had reassured myself that it was a good cast...  He was a brute.  All of 13" and he got a stern tongue lashing from me before being released to taunt another day.  This fish, however,[…]

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