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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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  • Tungsten Surveyor

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 1, 2018 | 11:02 am

    Tungsten Surveyor SURVEY THE RIVER BOTTOMTungsten SurveyorThe Tungsten Surveyor is one of my lesser known patterns, which I find interesting since the pattern is one of my more productive flies.  It just works.    The Surveyor is a product of my love of Wapsi, rainbow sow scud dubbing and the hares ear.  When I found fish really liked the Rainbow Warrior, another of my confidence flies was a bead head hares ear.  With the success of the Warrior, I couldn't help but wonder how the fish would react to a hares ear tied with rainbow sow scud dubbing.  Naturally, I started tinkering with a nymph similar to a bead head hares ear by substituting the hares mask dubbing for rainbow sow scud dub.  A few versions later I had changed bead colors (gold to silver), adapted ribbing materials (gold tinsel to silver wire) and borrowed red thread, pheasant tail and pearl flash back from the Rainbow Warrior.  The result is the Tungsten Surveyor.  Fill a row in your nymph box.  If you're out of space, buy a new Tacky or Umpqua box to fill with fish catching Surveyors.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                               […]

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  • The Stonesickle Nymph

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Apr 29, 2018 | 22:01 pm

    The Stonesickle Nymph Stonefly NymphStonesickle NymphOur stonefly specialist, Tim Sickles, is at it again with a great stonefly nymph. Great for Skwalas, Goldens or matching it to your hatch, it's a straightforward tie and offers up a wonderful buggy profile. Plus, it's hefty enough to fish on a Euro nymph rig or you can fish it on an indicator rig.And don't worry...the inclusion of foam will be just fine to keep this bug still looking and acting like a nymph.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                                 Hook: Firehole Sticks 315 Nymph & Stonefly & Klinkhammer - 8Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - BlackBead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Black Ruby - 3/16" (4.6mm)Tail/Antenna: Speckled Centipede Legs - Speckled Tan/Brown - MediumBody Rib: UTC Ultra Wire - Amber - BrassieBody Dub: Nature's Spirit Hare's Mask Dubbing - NaturalFlash: Veevus Holographic Tinsel - Copper - MediumBody Shell Back: Scud Back - Black - 1/8"Legs: Round Rubber Legs - Black - MediumWing Case: Rainy's Cross-Link Sheet Foam - Cinnamon - 1 mmOther tools from the tutorial:   Tiemco Hackle Pliers - StandardFly Tyer's Z-Ment

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  • Muerto Midge

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Apr 25, 2018 | 20:01 pm

    Muerto Midge A Transitional PatternMuerto's MidgeChances are, if you've been around lakes or reservoirs much, you've seen times where the fish seem to feed on the surface but aren't really feeding entirely on the surface. More often than not, they're feeding in or just below the surface before they focus on the actual chironomid or midge adults. Similar to the trusty Foamerger pattern, the Muerto Midge is intended to be fished just in the surface film.The main difference with this pattern is that the white foam buds are meant to imitate a very pronounced feature on the naturals that, in my opinion, are a crucial targeting point for the fish as they feed -- especially in stillwaters. So we keep the magic tail/shuck feature from the Foamerger and just add a couple more features to optimize it on bigger bugs targeting (often) bigger fish on bigger non-moving waters.I will fish this the same way, overall, with just a dab of floatant on the top of the foam. The rest of the body can hang in the surface film. It's also good to perhaps use a bigger fly as an indicator of sorts or you can use some Loon Biostrike (see link below)[…]

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  • Orvis RECON: Euro Nymphing Rod Field Test

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Apr 23, 2018 | 17:20 pm

    Orvis RECON: Euro Nymphing Rod Field Test We liked it!!Brown Trout NympherWe did a quick trip up the canyon to play with the Orvis Recon 10' 3 wt nymphing rod. It definitely got our approval. Check out the full video below and the link to take a look at the rod itself:--Orvis Recon Rods

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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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