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  • THE Curtis Fry - Baitfish Pattern

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 14, 2019 | 03:39 am

    THE Curtis Fry - Baitfish Pattern This Fly Should Have Happened a LONG Time AgoBefore we get too far into this thing...  Yes, this is basically a variation of a Surf Candy fly modified for trout, and it's not really anything new...  That being said, colored resins open up a lot of doors for flies in this style.  It's a great technique to tie flies that are pretty simple, durable, and catch fish - so there really is no excuse not to try a few of them.  The beauty of having so many colored resin options is that you can tie them to match almost ANY baitfish.Also, It took Curtis long enough to use this name that I had to do the right thing and step in and steal it.  Not apologizing.  At. All.~ CheechNOTE!!  The Chickabou pelts can come and go in regards to availability.  Any chickabou product will work for this fly.  Check out our chickabou inventory: HEREMaterial List Add to Cart   View in store                                            Hook: Ahrex 610 Trout Predator Streamer Hook - 4Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - WhiteBody: Polar Flash - 2033 - Mirage OpalEyes: 3D Holographic Eyes -[…]

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  • Boyd's Special: Henry's Lake Renegade

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 10, 2019 | 15:54 pm

    Boyd's Special: Henry's Lake Renegade STILLWATER CRUSHERBoyd's Henry's Lake Special RenegadeThis fly and tying tutorial is dedicated to our good buddy Boyd Guymon, who passed away a few months ago after a very long battle with cancer. Boyd was one of the most happy and helpful fly tyers and fisherman we've known. During his last few years as he battled the nasty cancer, he would always make the time to come visit us in the shop where he'd regale us with stories of his fishing exploits -- primarily up at Henry's Lake in Idaho where he spent a lot of time with his wife living out of their camper trailer.In particular, Boyd would get so excited to chat about the flies he'd be using up there. He would often tweak his own patterns or fine tune others' patterns as he searched for the magic bullet on a given lake. For this pattern, he took the standard double renegade, that is still very popular at Henry's lake and was a pattern I'd seen at FlyAnglersOnline a number of years ago and he added a bit of a hot spot with some red vinyl tubing along the butt. Every time he came in, he would buy more[…]

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  • Diamond Jig Leech

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 2, 2019 | 21:37 pm

    Diamond Jig Leech Impress the Fish, Not Your FriendsSometimes you break in to Lance's TOYota and steal his fly ideas.  Other times he shares cool concepts with you.  In this case, he turned us on to this color dubbing and this style of fly. Solid wotk Lance...  In recent months we have fished several diverse trout fisheries with everything from brook trout, splake, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and tiger trout.  The thing they all have in common is that they can't get enough of this fly.  It's so simple that it's basically a crime not to have a few in your stillwater boxes.  We fish it mostly on a long leader and a midge tip setup, but why would you read a description about how well it fishes when you could just watch a video.  Check it out below. BONUS:  To see the updated recipe for the slider pattern in this video, click HEREDiamond Jig Leech Material List Add to Cart   View in store                        Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 8Bead: Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads - Black Matte - 4.0mmThread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - BlackTail: Nature's Spirit Premium Bugger Bou[…]

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  • Garbage Scud

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Sep 28, 2019 | 04:23 am

    Garbage Scud You Need This for Stillwater!I'll fully admit that I didn't start tying this fly to start ridding the planet of plastic 1/2" at a time.  I was too lazy to dig out some proper scud back, but I had the good old ziploc bags sitting on my desk.  The only catch is that a good portion of my materials come in this new fangled stiff plastic that's not the best for scud backs.  About 3 or 4 flies in, I stretched some a little too hard over the back of my fly, and boom...  Magic happened.  In all seriousness though, this fly could be tied with a wide variety of scud back materials, but this stuff has proven to be very effective, easy to tie with, durable, and very very INEXPENSIVE!  Fast forward to fishing this fly, it was easily the most effective fly for me the first time I fished it, and cutts and rainbows really put the chow on it.  If you have scuds in your water, you need to try this bug! Material List Add to Cart   View in store                            Hook: Fulling Mill 35005 Heavyweight Champ, Barbless - 12Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread[…]

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  • Weinermobile Hopper

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Sep 20, 2019 | 02:47 am

    Weinermobile Hopper Hold the Ketchup PleaseIf you have followed this site for a while you will know that I'm always tinkering with things to either be creative, or to try to make something better, more durable, more buoyant, etc. etc.  I have been intrigued by cylindrical flies for a while since I started fishing the bionic ant a few years back.  Not only was I messing around with tubular bodies, I was also dead set on finding the best way to glue foam sheets together (specifically for bionic ant indicators.)  We have a bonus post this time to not only show you the very best way to glue foam sheets together, but we have created a very simple and cool pattern that caught many fish before it got a name.  It was tested on some very fussy fish that like their foam bugs completely free of drag, and floating high.  This fly not only was a very high floater, but it would skate when I mended it (instead of getting pulled under the surface).  I realized that the unique shape of the body and head (both slightly pointing upward) was the key to making it skate.  After an Instagram post of a[…]

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  • Squatchy B Stonefly Nymph

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Sep 8, 2019 | 22:56 pm

    Squatchy B Stonefly Nymph Maximum Movement StoneflyThe effectiveness of the Pat's Rubber Legs is known industry wide, so as I do with lots of already popular patterns, I make subtle (or not so subtle) tweaks to them.  This one uses one of the best long shank jig hooks I've seen in a long long time, a very interesting hackling technique, and a small bit of flashy dubbing.  Mix up the colors and happy fishing!!P.S. The Squatchy Bas%$rd is a nickname for one of my current co-workers.  He's very very Squatchy. Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                       Hook: TMC 708 Keel Streamer Hook - 8Bead: Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads - Black Matte - 4.0mmThread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - BlackLegs/Tail: Spanflex - Brown - MediumBody: Stonefly Chenille - Seal Brown/CoffeeThorax: Ice Dub - UV BrownHackle: Flash Sale Hackle 77 - Whiting 4B Hen Saddle - Variant (Speckled Brown)Lead: Lead Wire Spool - .020Other tools from the tutorial:     Renzetti Traveler Vise 2000 (Pedestal)Griffin Supreme Ceramic BobbinDr. Slick Tungsten Carbide All Purpose Scissors, 4"

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  • Soft Hackle Jig John

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Aug 24, 2019 | 06:26 am

    Soft Hackle Jig John Another simple fly for your boxThis fly really needs no introduction because it is just a soft hackled copper john tied on a jig hook.  The body is super easy, and the soft "hackle" is actually just sparse squirrel.  Give them a tie and add them to your fish catchers! Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                       Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 12Bead: Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads - Bronze - 4.0mmThread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - OliveTail: UV2 Coq de Leon Perdigon Fire Tail Feathers - Fl. ChartreuseBody: UTC Ultra Wire - Sculpin Olive - MediumSoft Hackle: Hare's Mask - Grade #1 - NaturalHot Spot: Hends Spectra Dubbing - Fl. OrangeAdhesive: Fly Tyer's Z-Ment:

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  • Streamer Float with Dr. Timothy

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Aug 19, 2019 | 03:12 am

    Streamer Float with Dr. Timothy When the Fish Don't Eat Dries, Throw StreamersTim and I got out to float while Curtis and Lance explored some other small stream options.  It was as interesting night because we thought we would be fishing hoppers and caddis, but the most consistent fly was an olive streamer until it got dark.  Once it got darker the caddis really started to pop, and the corn fed caddis was the absolute ticket.  We probably caught more fish in the last 30 minutes of the trip than the rest of the trip combined!  Check out the Corn Fed Caddis, and Thread Frenchie!  They are must haves for summer fishing.

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  • Mil Spec Perdigon

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Aug 14, 2019 | 15:38 pm

    Mil Spec Perdigon Euro Nymph or Dry DropperOne late night as I was tying for our trip to Argentina I was trying to crank out as many flies as I could, so I turned to the good ol' mil spec technique to create some quill-looking perdigones.  The fly that you see pictured here was actually one of those late night accidents because I was tying them with a gold bead, but I grabbed a copper/brown bead and it ended up on one single fly in my box.  You know how that story goes right?  Yup...  It was the best dropper pattern of the whole trip.  I had several others tied with gold beads, but there was something about this color of bead that made the fish eat it without hesitation.  We were fishing a very productive run with this fly, and I was worried that I'd lose it so I tied on a gold bead to see if I could catch fish on it...  Usually the fish aren't that picky, but in this case, the bead made all the difference because I caught exactly zero fish on the gold bead.  Once the brown bead was on again, I started to catch fish.  Needless[…]

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  • Project Hopper Version 2.0

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Aug 10, 2019 | 02:23 am

    Project Hopper Version 2.0 Simple, Precise, Realistic.This one is pretty exciting to me because it's been a long time coming through tweaking and development.  I was talking about this the other day with my son, and he reminded me that he has the original Project Hopper version 1 with rubber back legs and everything.  He wouldn't give that back to me for $100 right now because he thinks he's pretty cool...  Anyway, I digress.  The Project Hopper has been tied in lots and lots of configurations over the past few years that I have been playing with it, and this version is perhaps the most time effective at the vise.  With the help of my good friend Clint Vought (who is basically a bearded mini squatch with insane drafting skills) I was able to direct the design of a perfectly scaled cutter set from River Road Creations for a size 6-10.  The cutters make this pattern quite a bit easier to tie, and you can even use these cutters for more than just this fly.  I also started using it for the Slum Hopper with great success.  Anyway, watch the video to see how to start with a block of foam, and end up[…]

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