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  • CDC Biot Caddis

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 21, 2018 | 10:31 am

    CDC Biot Caddis Full of Floaty GoodnessBiot Body CDC CaddisOur resident caddis guru Pete Steen, steps in to tie us up another nice caddis pattern. Going with a delicate but floatatious bunch of CDC for the wing, this is a great caddis dry fly imitation.The pattern is lightweight and floats like a charm, so make sure to use a good lighter wire dry fly hook.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                                  Hook: Firehole Sticks 419 Dry Fly - 12Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Wood DuckBody: Nature's Spirit Stripped Wild Turkey Barred Biots - Brown OliveThorax: Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Cinnamon CaddisWing: Nature's Spirit CDC - BrownHackle: Whiting Hebert Miner Full Saddle - Bronze - Medium Brown Dun: Whiting Hebert Miner 1/2 Saddle - Bronze - Medium Gray Dun: Whiting Hebert Miner Full Saddle - Pro - Medium Gray Dun: Whiting Rooster Dry Fly Cape - Bronze - Medium Gray Dun: Whiting Rooster Dry Fly - 1/2 Saddle - Bronze - Medium Dyed DunOther tools from the tutorial:    Tiemco Hackle Pliers - StandardFly Tyer's Z-Ment

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  • Mommy, where does hackle come from?

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 14, 2018 | 11:27 am

    Mommy, where does hackle come from? From Egg to SaleHackle chicks busting out of eggsThis post is a long time in the making. From the first time we visited Whiting Farms, we both have been in awe about how much time, effort and brainpower goes into getting us the hackle we know and love. So on our last trip out, we took the time to go through the entire process of getting hackle from conception to shipping.Hopefully, this is a good explanation or at least a glimpse into the magic that is chicken genius, Dr. Tom Whiting and his marvelous Whiting Farms.

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  • Casey's D-Rib Caddis Pupa

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 12, 2018 | 14:39 pm

    Casey's D-Rib Caddis Pupa Caddis PupaD-Rib Caddis Pupa by Casey ThompsonFrom time to time, we have guest tyers and this tutorial is one of those. Our buddy Casey Thompson (@twitchtied801) hasn't been tying for a lot of years, but he's meticulous in his craft churning out some clean buggy bugs.We've got a couple more of his videos in the works, so stay tuned...Plus in this video, you'll see a cool technique to make the Wally style wings that you can also use on other styles of nymphs and pupa.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                                  Hook: Daiichi 1130 - Light Wire Scud Hook - 12Thread: Veevus GSP - White - 30 DenierBead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Matte Black - 7/64" (2.8mm)Weight: Lead Wire Spool - .015Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Chartreuse - SmallUnder-Body: Veevus Holographic Tinsel - Green - MediumBody: Half Round D Rib - Chartreuse - SmallThorax: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing - Dark OliveLegs & Wings: Whiting 4B Hen Cape - BlackThorax 2: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing - BlackOther tools from the tutorial:    Dr. Slick Razor Scissors - 4"Tiemco TMC Ceramic Bobbin (Std)

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  • Whiting Farms: Get to know your hackle

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 9, 2018 | 10:58 am

    Whiting Farms: Get to know your hackle Why we drove 5 hours to look at chickensDr. Tom Whiting and a handsome Cree RoosterWe had another opportunity to head over to Whiting Farms last week and we made the most of our time there working on some hackle projects and getting some content to be a good intro to what goes on behind the scenes a bit.And in case you've lived under a rock and don't know what Whiting Farms is, they are the #1 undisputed top notch hackle producer in the world. The scope of what they do there and how much expertise goes into churning out quality hackle day after day, is mind-blowing. We hope this is a good intro into what goes on. Dr. Whiting is truly a master of his craft. Listening to him talk, you can understand the passion and expertise that combines to make us some of the greatest hackle birds on earth.Anyway, enjoy this one but also stay tuned for some excellent upcoming content as well. We've got a few more interesting ones in the hopper!!

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  • Mini McMouse Face

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 7, 2018 | 15:48 pm

    Mini McMouse Face High Protein in a Small PackageRowing down the river in very low light, and I had just broken off a skating caddis and didn't really want to thread 4x tippet through a size 14 hook without any visibility.  That's when I adjusted (clipped off) my leader right around the 1x section and grabbed for the mice.  Many fish were had at the hands of the mini McMouseface that evening, and it got a role on the starting squad that night.  The Mousey McMouseface had been a popular fly for about a year, but i had lots of requests for something a lot smaller - enter the Mini McMouseface.  A single hooked fly that was designed to fit wholly into the mouth of most mouse eaters.  Where the Mousey McMouseface is a pain to tie, this one is actually a fly that you won't have any problem cranking out a dozen or two at a time.  The key for this fly is the tail construction which borrows techniques from saltwater fishers, and specifically Bryce Etter, who allowed me to watch him tie some bugs at the Wasatch Expo last year.  Get a squirrel pelt and get mousey!!~ CheechMaterial List Add to[…]

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  • Loon Tool Kit: A Review

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jan 29, 2018 | 20:36 pm

    Loon Tool Kit: A Review Tool Kit ReviewLoon Tool KitWe were excited to see Loon come out with this handy tying tool kit, so we did a little run-down on what's included and what each tool does.The nice thing here is that these tools are each quite likely about tops in their respective categories, so you're definitely getting high quality tools in one nice complete package.So here's the video review...>> Buy the kit here <<

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  • Peacock and Elk Hair Caddis

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jan 28, 2018 | 18:06 pm

    Peacock and Elk Hair Caddis Lean Clean Fishing MachinePete Steen's Peacock Elk Hair CaddisOur buddy Pete Steen (@fly_fishing_pete) is back at it with another stellar caddis tie.The dyed peacock body on this one paired with some sublime golden badger hackle makes for sick color combo.A few notes on this pattern:Mix and match the colors. Golden badger is a great hackle color, but brown, coachman brown, pale water dun, rusty brown and a number of others will work just as well. You can also swap out the brown peacock for olive to match your local caddis colors.Note the method to tie in the elk hair. It's important to get a clean and secure tie-in on this style of fly. If you attempt to tie in too much hair with not enough tension, your hair will roll on you. See how Pete uses a multi-tie-off method for the hair.Not all elk or deer hair is created equally. We usually find that Nature's Spirit has the best overall quality. We've got a good selection here.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                        Hook: Firehole Sticks 419 Dry Fly - 14Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Wood DuckBody: Nature's Spirit Bleached Dyed Peacock Sticks[…]

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  • Bro Staff Beetle

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jan 24, 2018 | 18:51 pm

    Bro Staff Beetle Will You Sponsor Me?The name of this fly is because "beetle" and "bro-staff" both start with the letter B.  That's it.  But if you end up getting a sponsorship that gets you all kinds of fancy rods, reels, creams, and lotions, please let us know, because we need that stuff too...Now down to business...  Beetles are fish magnets, but they also can kind of be hard to see because they are kind of low profile and black, - similar to Curtis' 72 Cadillac Coup DeVille.  That's fine if you are fishing really flat/slow water, but if you are dealing with more riffles, mending, and all that jazz, it's nice to have a fly that is a bit more visible.  This isn't really anything brand new because there are tons and tons of beetle patterns out there made of peacock and foam, but it's kind of my modification.  I've also not really ever been happy with the legs on my beetle patterns.  I have tried the bent and crushed moose trick, rubber legs, wrapped hackle, and Big B's beard.  They all work (especially the beard), but when we did the 20 incher video, I realized that the pull over hackle technique[…]

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  • The Wine Booby

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jan 21, 2018 | 21:52 pm

    The Wine Booby I 💜 BoobysI love me some stillwater so I started fishing the Booby shortly after I started to experiment with various stillwater lines that weren't a floating line with indicator. This variation of the Booby came to be because of my recent obsession with fishing Pyramid Lake. Wine has become one of my confidence patterns out there so it was inevadable that some wine colored boobys were going to find their way into my fly box. Another issue I ran into was finding a hook that I was confident in when having the potential to run into a 20lb+ trout. The Hanak 900 was the answer! I've had my best luck using a size 10 or 8. I've been impressed with the various Hends products we've brought into the shop and the Booby Eyes are no exception. They compress well and are very durable, even when encountering jumbo Cutty teeth.If you fish stillwater and haven't tried these out on your Full-Sink line, I say give it a shot! They are really fun to fish and the takes can be vicious. Some of my other favorite color combos are: all black with red flash, all olive with red flash/booby eyes and[…]

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  • Jumbo John Variation

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jan 17, 2018 | 20:41 pm

    Jumbo John Variation Add a Tank to Your Nymph RigThe Jumbo John is a fly created by a world renowned fly designer named John Barr in Colorado.  Similar to the Copper John that he also created, a nice smooth body is created with wire, and it can be tied in a wide variety of colors.  We chose to tie it in kind of the classic copper color and made some slight alterations on the fly to make it have even more movement in the water.  There are rubber legs for tails, I used AZ synthetic dubbing for the thorax, and I opted to use two different sizes of wire (medium and brassie) to create kind of a bumpy look.  This is a great fly if you need an anchor for you nymph rig that have very few materials that will impede quick sinking.  Change up the colors of wire, bead, and about everything else on this fly to make it your own special sauce!~ Cheech Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                                  Hook: TMC 2499SP-BL Czech Nymph Hook - 6Bead: Gritty Tungsten Beads - Orange Grit - 3/16" (4.6mm)Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70[…]

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