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  • FISH CAMP 2018: Aggressive Brookies & Splake

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 14, 2018 | 20:39 pm

    FISH CAMP 2018: Aggressive Brookies & Splake High Country CampingThe ReleaseWe headed out to the high country last week and spent a few days fishing, camping and eating plenty of red meat. With the addition of a few new faces to our normal foodie fishing camp, it was a great time.Check out the video....Also, check out the fly that was responsible for a lot of the fish in this video here.

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  • Egan's Chironomid Frenchie: aka the Silver Lancer

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 14, 2018 | 20:39 pm

    Egan's Chironomid Frenchie: aka the Silver Lancer Slayer Chironomid PatternChironomid FrenchiePreface (by CF): So we've been fishing this Frenchie variation pattern almost religiously for the past couple of chironomid seasons on our local stillwaters. In two words: It slays.Now we wouldn't expect less from the fishy mind of Lance Egan, but this pattern almost borders on creepily effective. Due to the need for getting this submitted to Umpqua for an upcoming new catalog release, we couldn't let the cat out of the bag until now, but we've seen this pattern get a LOT of usage amongst a few fellow anglers and it's pretty much the same response in terms of how well it fishes.By now you know me as a pretty fanatical chironomid guy. And not to say I don't fish my other patterns, but let's say I've got a few rows in my chironomid box that is 100% Silver Lancers. Side note: Cheech came up with that codename for it and we actually call it that. Chironomid Frenchie is what you'll see it named with Umpqua most likely, but around here, it's the "Silver Lancer" (or Gold Lancer, or White Lancer as the case may be).So here's a Lance's take on the pattern:Many river anglers who are[…]

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  • Mil-Spec Parachute PMD

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 6, 2018 | 21:42 pm

    Mil-Spec Parachute PMD Techie looks, with a Simple TechniqueIt's been a few years since I really focused on fishing PMD hatches, but as many of you know, it only takes one good hatch to start losing sleep in anticipating these pale yellow sailboats in the summer time.  Curtis and I started floating the Provo river quite a bit last year, and most of our focus was on big terrestrials and crippled caddisflies.  There seemed to be one section of the river that had slower water, picky fish, and plentiful PMDs, but it was always hard to take off a big foam fly to something that was a bit more technical.  We started pulling over, lengthening our leaders, and fishing PMD patterns, and it usually added 5 or 6 more fish to our total for the day.  PMD's are now varsity starters in our float boxes.  Because I had been playing with the Mil-Spec (marker barred) body style with lots of baetis patterns, I decided that it was time to do the same thing with PMD patterns.  Needless to say, it was a great success, and we caught a lot of fish on them.  Also, the light tan dun color of hackle is the[…]

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  • The Humongous: A Bugger of Buggers

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 31, 2018 | 15:14 pm

    The Humongous: A Bugger of Buggers Killer Bugger VariationHumongous FlyWe've got another tutorial from Lance today and it's one of his favorite stillwater competition fly patterns. The "Humongous" is popular among a growing number of anglers world-wide but retains a lot stronger following in the U.K., where this bugger variation originated.So what gives here? It's basically a wooly bugger right? Well, yes and no. From my experience, the longer tail and hackle fibers throw a pretty big wrinkle into the original bugger style and are part of what makes this so effective. Plus, it's got some nice flash on the body.Lance explains much better in the video than I can right here. So give him a listen and tie some of these up. They are definitely a staple in my stillwater boxes now...Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                                  Hook: Fulling Mill 35005 Heavyweight Champ, Barbless - 10Bead: UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier - BlackBead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Nickel - 1/8" (3.3mm)Tail Accent: Flashabou - Original - 6901 - SilverTail: Nature's Spirit Strung Marabou - BlackBody: Solid and Krystal Tinsel Chenille - SilverHackle: Whiting 4B Schlappen/Bugger Saddle - GrizzlyHackle (option 2): Whiting Bugger Packs -[…]

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  • Intro to Loch Style Fishing

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 23, 2018 | 23:08 pm

    Intro to Loch Style Fishing Big Fish on the DriftChunky Rainbow on a Balanced Blank SaverAs usual, we let the video do the talking here as Lance and I head out for some Loch style fishing on a local lake. It's an fun way to fish and, as you'll see in the vlog for today, it also happens to be very effective. So check it out below and we also have a link to one of the day's more effective fly patterns.-->> Learn to tie the Balanced Blank Saver here.

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  • Foam is Home Stone

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 20, 2018 | 19:56 pm

    Foam is Home Stone A Stonefly by Tim SicklesFoam is Home StoneflyIf you've followed Tim Sickles online, you know he ties up some crazy clean foam bugs. This is one of our favorites.The nice thing here is you can mix and match colors to whatever insect you're looking to imitate.Check him out at https://www.instagram.com/tim_sickles/Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                       Hook: Ahrex 531 Sedge Dry Fly Hook - 8Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Burnt OrangeTail: Speckled Centipede Legs - Speckled Tan/Brown - MediumBody: Rainy's Cross-Link Sheet Foam - Cinnamon - 1 mmUnderwing: Rainy's Cross-Link Sheet Foam - Tan - 1 mmWing: Nature's Spirit Select Cow Elk - NaturalHead: Rainy's Cross-Link Sheet Foam - Cinnamon - 2 mmLegs: Round Rubber Legs - Brown - MediumOther tools from the tutorial:     Hopper/Caddis/Ant Foam Body Cutter - #10Fly Tyer's Z-MentRenzetti Standard Hair Stacker

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  • The Thin Mint - BUGGER Variation

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 18, 2018 | 23:02 pm

    The Thin Mint - BUGGER Variation A Solid Bugger VariationThin Mint Bugger PatternMy first couple of times seeing someone fish a Thin Mint, I thought "yeah, nice wooley bugger". And for sure it's a variation but as I've fished it, I'm starting to see this specific variation has some solid merit.Let's assume the "Thin Mint" comes from the fact it uses a sandwich of colors in the tail and possibly a reference to the tasty peacock body. Either way, the color variation here works. And at the suggestion of our trusty fly consultant, Lance, the pink bead became a favorite to finish off this theme.The nice thing, this is easy to tie and we recommend looking at the 4B Rooster Saddles for the bugger hackle since it's loaded with a lot of good hackles. And don't forget to check out the fly in action below on part 2 of our Wyoming adventure from a couple weeks back.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                                                      Hook: Hanak H 950 BL Streamer XL Hook - 8Thread: UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier - BlackBead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Salmon Pink - 1/8" (3.3mm)Bead (option 1): Plummeting[…]

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  • Morrish Hopper

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 16, 2018 | 15:51 pm

    Morrish Hopper Unreal Hopper ProfileIn my opinion, the bottom profile of a hopper pattern trumps all other attributes...  We'll start with that.  Ken Morrish is well known for lots of very effective flies, so it's no surprise that this is one of his  creations.  Back when it first came out, people would ask all the time how to cut the body correctly, and the only real answer was either to cut them very carefully with scissors or to use razor blades.  The reason I started to play with this one is that River Road Creations created a specific cutter set to considerably speed up the tying process.  Once you get the bodies punched out and trimmed, It's really a pretty simple fly to tie - with one caveat...  The legs.  The original pattern uses round rubber legs with knots, which isn't too bad until you decide to tie them in.  Again, the most important part of a hopper is the bottom profile, so it's critical to get the legs tied in at the correct angles.  I started out using separate centipede legs like the original uses, but it was really hard to get the angles on the back legs to sit correctly,[…]

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  • Big Rainbows on Hoppers!

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 8, 2018 | 20:46 pm

    Big Rainbows on Hoppers! And Droppers & Streamers...Savery Creek RainbowWe made it out to Savery Creek, Wyoming for some early season hopper/dropper fishing.The fishing didn't disappoint and we ended up with a two-parter vlog this time around since we ended up having some great times on the water.If you're interested in a chance to fish this awesome creek, check out the options here.

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  • Balanced Damsel 2.0

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 2, 2018 | 21:05 pm

    Balanced Damsel 2.0 An Update to Simplify and ImproveNew and Improved: Balanced DamselIt's been a while since I first wrote about one of my favorite damsel patterns, the Belly Flop Balanced Damsel. In the meantime, I've been fishing them a lot and, more importantly, tweaking the design for more simplicity as well as efficiency in tying. What I found is a pattern that is just as effective but takes a lot less time to tie.As mentioned in the video below, these can be fished under and indicator as well as stripped on any number of sinking lines of your choice.It's definitely accounted for a good number of fish on local stillwaters this year so far and my Balanced Damsel section of the box has grown even bigger.Give it a try!!Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                                 Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 10Bead: UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier - Burnt OrangeBead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Olive - 1/8" (3.3mm)Tail: Nature's Spirit Strung Marabou - Golden OliveTail Flash: Midge Flash - RootbeerDubbing Mix: 1: Ice Dub - Golden BrownBody 2: Arizona Simi Seal - Canadian BrownBody 3: Arizona Simi Seal -[…]

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