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  • Mini Flopper

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Apr 18, 2018 | 16:40 pm

    Mini Flopper Downsizing a FavoriteEveryone loves a big uneducated fish that like to gorge on huge foam pool toys, but fish don't always have that big of an appetite.  Several years ago I created a fly called the Stoneflopper that would imitate both a hopper and a stonefly, and it quickly became a favorite fly of mine due to the wide range of colors in which it could be tied, but it was designed to be around size 6-10. Last summer I both simplified that original pattern, and made it smaller so it would mimic smaller terrestrials.  It still isn't a dead hatch-matching ringer for any bug specifically, but it has attracting powers that give it s starting spot on my team!  Feel free to mix up the colors on this one...  My favorites are cinnamon, black, tan, and purple.~ CheechMaterial List Add to Cart   View in store                                      Hook: Gamakatsu R18-B Multi-Purpose Hook - 12Thread: MFC Premium Fly Tying Thread - Rusty Brown - 6/0Body: Beaver Plus Dubbing - OrangeWing: Whiting 4B Hen Cape - BlackHead: Fly Tying Foam - 2mm - Rootbeer: EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers - Quick Silver: EP Trigger Point[…]

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  • Five Spring Must-Have Patterns

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Apr 17, 2018 | 21:01 pm

    Five Spring Must-Have Patterns Spring Fly Box FillersWith Spring springing, we're tying up bugs for the local Baetis hatches as well as some streamers andstillwater patterns too. Here are our top picks (at least for how we're feeling lately) on what patterns to focus on for this Spring.(Click each fly title or image to see the video)xxxxxxxxEgan's Frenchie Add to Cart   View in store                                     Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 14Bead: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - RedBead: Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Gold - 7/64" (2.8mm)Weight: Lead Wire Spool - .010Tail: Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs - Medium PardoBody 3: Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails - Muskrat GrayRibbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Copper - SmallHot Spot/Thorax: Ice Dub - UV Shrimp PinkComplex Twist Add to Cart   View in store                                               Hook: Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook - 2Cone: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 210 Denier - BlackCone: Brass Cone Heads - Copper - Large (1/4")Weight: Lead Free Round Wire - .025Tail 1: Nature's Spirit Prime Marabou - Long - BrownTail 2: Nature's Spirit Prime Marabou - Long - OliveBody 1:[…]

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  • 22" Fish Gets Cheech a Haircut

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Apr 15, 2018 | 17:12 pm

    22" Fish Gets Cheech a Haircut It Didn't Go To PlanNot quite 22"Cheech made a deal with his wife to get his hair chopped once he catches a 22" fish. See how it ends...

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  • How to Setup a Fly Reel

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Apr 12, 2018 | 21:59 pm

    How to Setup a Fly Reel Gear Tutorial!Lamson LitespeedRealizing it's not rocket science to setup a fly reel with some backing and fly line, we figured we'd do a quick video anyway. Good reference if you don't do it often or are just starting out.Give it a look...(or shop Lamson reels or Scientific Anglers lines)

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  • Cheech Tries Tenkara

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Apr 8, 2018 | 21:57 pm

    Cheech Tries Tenkara And the 2018 Wasatch Fly Fishing ExpoTenkara Casting Lesson...Here's a quick recap of the great weekend we had in Salt Lake at the 2018 Wasatch Fly Fishing and Tying Expo.We got to see friends we don't see a lot, had some great times and did some filming to capture some of it.All fun....

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  • Lemon Lime Chironomid Pupa

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Apr 5, 2018 | 08:57 am

    Lemon Lime Chironomid Pupa A Lemon Lime TwistLemon Lime Chironomid PupaOver the past few years, I've noticed more lime and chartreuse chironomid pupa from the samples I've taken, so I've incorporated the color scheme into my regular lineup of chironomid patterns.This specific lemon lime color goes a little extreme on the brightness, since the thoraxes are technically not going to be this bright chartreuse. But I've fished with other types of patterns that incorporate this specific chartreuse colored bead with great success, so it's definitely a confidence color.So even though you might not see bugs this specific color, it's worth a try and can even be a great searching pattern.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                        Hook: Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook - 12Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Fl. GreenBead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Fl. Chartreuse - 3/32" (2.3mm)Under-Body 1 (optional): Mirage Tinsel - Opal - SmallUnder-Body 2: Veevus Holographic Tinsel - Red - SmallBody: UNI Flexx - ChartreuseThorax: Ice Dub - UV Shrimp PinkBreathers: Para Post Wing Material - WhiteOther tools from the tutorial:      Stonfo Pinza Elite Hackle Pliers - StandardLoon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly FinishLoon UV Infiniti Light

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  • Chironomids and Damsels: First Stillwater of the Season

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Apr 1, 2018 | 18:18 pm

    Chironomids and Damsels: First Stillwater of the Season And the Dong FangChunky RainbowWe headed out for an early season stillwater trip. The Balanced Damsel was a good one as well as a few chironomids we've been messing around with. Catch the video for the full story...And the Belly Flop Balanced Damsel has an updated material list here.

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  • Iced Mocha Naked Stimi

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 28, 2018 | 17:16 pm

    Iced Mocha Naked Stimi A Great Stimi Variant!Tim's Iced Mocha StimiOur resident attractor pattern guru Tim Sickles is back with another great dry fly tutorial. Here's his take on this stimulator variant:The "Iced Mocha" treatment on the abdomen originally came from an experiment to create a translucent type body on midges/chironomids. Because my default whenever I get tyer's block is to tie a Stimulator (or more accurately a Sofa Pillow), the next natural progression was for my to tie the "Iced Mocha Naked Stimi." The fly is a generic attractor with subtle flash from the Ice Blue tinsel. Eliminating the hackle of on the rear of the fly allows it to ride low in the water with the foam wing acting as a "life jacket" to help fly still ride partially above the water. With the rear of the fly riding below the surface, it could potentially imitate a variety of insects including an emerging mayfly or caddis, adult caddis or stonefly, or even a small hopper, ant, or beetle. In addition to the subtle flash from the tinsel, I chose Light Tan Dun for the hackle because is has a natural flash or brassiness when the sun hits it. Last thing I will[…]

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  • Rubber Legged Stimulator

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 25, 2018 | 17:21 pm

    Rubber Legged Stimulator The Classic with Many UsesWithout diving straight into a history lesson, the Stimulator is one of the most popular and effective flies on the planet, and it has been fished in about every river in the country for multiple decades.  It can be tied in almost any size and color, and there are many variations and add-ons that you can add to help match the hatch and float higher.  I used to absolutely hate tying these until a friend asked me to tie him a few dozen with a wrapped foam body, and I realized that I probably didn't have the proportions correct or the right materials for the first few that I tied.  I ended up getting good hackle, but the most important material on this fly is the hair.  Without good hair for the tail and wing, you will want to throw your vise across the room, trust me, I've come close.  I have used moose, deer, elk, etc, on this fly, but I think the most consistent hair that I have found is Nature's Spirit Select Cow Elk because it has consistent tips and it flares just right.  Also, In this video I show a good method[…]

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  • Custom Barred Rubber Legs

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 21, 2018 | 22:16 pm

    Custom Barred Rubber Legs Don't Skip Leg DayThis technique started because I was throwing about any conceivable color of rubber leg on the Grumpy Frumpy...  I got a huge order one time, and I realized that I was taking a lot of time individually barring each leg after the fly was completed.  This doesn't deserve a huge write up, so I'll keep it brief.  It can be done with any stretchy material like spanflex (and it's many substitutes), round rubber, and even tubing.  Get those markers out and crank out some juicy legs. Buy Spanflex Buy Round Rubber~ Cheech

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