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  • Quick Tip: How to whip finish crowded heads

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Aug 14, 2017 | 15:48 pm

    Quick Tip: How to whip finish crowded heads No more bound fibersCaddis pattern with deer hair and hackleAnyone that's tied more than a few flies knows how some patterns end up being more difficult to whip finish due to hackle, hair or other fibers that can get in the way of your whip finish. You usually end up with the thread binding down some stray hackle or a few strands of antron because the whip finish wraps are somewhat difficult to control such that you can avoid those stray fibers. So here's a quick tip on how to manage your bobbin, thread control and whip finisher in order to end up with a clean fiber-free head.Part of the trick here, in addition to the technique, is the use of a smaller sized whip finisher. I now use the TMC Dual Whip Finisher for all of my tying (both big and small patterns) because of the extra control it gives when working around tight spaces like this. The TMC Midge Whip Finisher is also another great option for this.--Tiemco Dual Whip Finisher     

  • High Country Fly Fishing UTV Rig

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Aug 14, 2017 | 15:43 pm

    High Country Fly Fishing UTV Rig Or, how fat guys get up the mountain...Years ago when we made our first of many trips to what's become one of our favorite high mountain fishing destinations, we jammed into my 100,000+ mile Tacoma and beat the living hell out of it getting up the mountain. To this day I remember peering up at the steepest and most boulder-strewn section of the trail thinking there's no way my poor little truck can make it up there. Somehow it did.But now as the truck has been retired from active fishing duty, we've moved on to more efficient means to get around in the back (ish) country. As we've built out what we think is an ideal rig to fish from these lakes and streams, we've been asked about the setup. So without getting too nerdy about it, here's a short video on what we use to get up and around the mountains where we fish.

  • Carp Hybrid Variation

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Aug 3, 2017 | 11:30 am

    Carp Hybrid Variation Add Some "Tickle" to Your Carp GameCarp are superfish. I have done some carping in the last several years, but it wasn't until about last year that it has become more of something that I plan to do as opposed to a plan B trip.  Carp are excellent fish to fight because they will absolutely kick you in the nether regions if you are not on your A game.  Trout are built like first generation Kia vehicles where you really have to baby them to ensure their survival, but Carp are built like military grade Hummvees with extra gas in the tank.  They have specialized scent that pick up the slightest bit of non-natural scent on your flies, they have specialized gill systems that deliver oxygen to their bloodstream more efficiently than a trout, and they have battle armor that even a missile from Kim Jong Dangus couldn't penetrate.  Yes, in my opinion they are a superfish that make a very worthy target for the fly fisher.  If you have tried carp fishing you have probably seen, or at least heard about the Carp Hybrid pattern developed by John Montana. I think part of it's appeal is that it's a[…]

  • Bionic Ant

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 17, 2017 | 17:30 pm

    Bionic Ant Bionic AntMy favorite summer-time fishing technique is to float rivers from a Fly Craft or Hyde drift boat and accurately cast ants to weary, bank-hugging Trout.  Until about 10 years ago I largely overlooked the importance of ants and beetles for summertime Trout.  Sure, I fished a lot of cicadas in early summer, hoppers late summer and even threw the odd cricket pattern but I rarely fished ants.  I've since learned what I was missing!  I find this to be true of most of my fly fishing friends and fly shop customers.  Generally speaking, we seek out hatches and otherwise nymph or toss streamers during non-hatch periods.  While all of that is fun (and can be very productive), I relish the opportunity to fish dry flies, and large ants have become my summertime go-to dries.Getting an ant pattern that is buoyant, easy to see, and fish approved wasn't easy.  There are several patterns out there that check one of  those boxes, maybe two, but rarely all three.  The Bionic Ant has become my go-to terrestrial, and really, my go-to dry fly during non-hatch periods and often during major hatches!  Sure, the Bionic is basically an oversized sailor ant pattern with[…]

  • Tungsten Surveyor

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 6, 2017 | 13:03 pm

    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 storeHook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook[…]

  • GTi Caddis

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 26, 2017 | 14:22 pm

    GTi Caddis A EURO-NYMPHING ANCHOR FLYGTi CaddisThe GTi Caddis is more imitative than most of my patterns.  It represents a hydropsychidae larvae, commonly called "net builder" Caddis.  Though a bit cheesy, GTi stands for Go-To imitation.  This pattern truly is my go-to when wanting a weighted fly that closely imitates a favored large food form of Trout.  One thing you'll notice when comparing real Hydropsyche to my imitation is that the back on the GTi does not necessarily match any of the color combinations of the real insect.  This isn't by chance.  I've spent a fair bit of time tying and trying Caddis larva imitations and I've come to learn a bit about what fish prefer in the process.  For reasons unknown to me, Trout consistently prefer this fly when tied with a shellback color that contrasts the underbody.  I've tried many imitations that more closely represent the actual colors of Caddis larvae, but the fish do not take them as well.  There is something magical about the contrasting colors.  Try it, you'll like it...  One other thing about this and other weighted flies.  Keep them thin.  It's easy to make the body of weighted nymphs obese due to the layer of lead[…]

  • Carp Crawler

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 23, 2017 | 14:58 pm

    Carp Crawler Crawl Some Carp into Your Net!This pattern kind of started out as a bug that was quick to tie and that I could pass out to buddies who were trying to catch carp on size 2 wooly buggers.  I also wanted to create a fly that would gently tickle the bottom as it crawled slowly through the Carpocalypse zone...  It started that way anyway... It ended up being my #1 confidence carp bug, and I have caught fish on it in all kinds of color variations.  The keys to this fly are the hook, leg placement, and weight.  The hook is a Gamakatsu SL45 which is designed to tie inverted hook flies for bonefish - I also just so happens to be an excellent carp hook.  The leg placement is critical because it they help balance the fly correctly with one leg on each side and one in the middle.  The weight needs to change quite a bit based on where you are fishing, and what depth you are fishing.  You don't want something that will plummet and hit the bottom hard.  You want it to fall at a moderate pace, and just "tickle" the bottom.  Tie some of these[…]

  • Egan's Red Dart

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 14, 2017 | 09:21 am

    Egan's Red Dart A FLASHY ATTRACTORRed DartThe Red Dart is a design combining the best parts of a couple of old favorite fly patterns and applying current materials.  The result is a fishy attractor.  I came up with the fly at the 2011 World Fly Fishing Championships held in Bolzano, Italy.  Fish were being caught on red tags (old school style with yarn tail and peacock body), and prince nymphs.  I was having the best success on prince nymphs tied with red thread (hotspot collar) and with peacock ice dubbing instead of natural peacock for the body.  My thought was that if I combined the two flies I might find something the fish really liked.  So, the red tail from the red tag replaced the biot tail from the prince.  I used brightly dyed hackle fibers for the tail instead of wool yarn found in the old school red tag.  Peacock ice dub has replaced natural peacock for my prince nymphs so I used the flashy synthetic.  I removed the white biots normally found on the back of a prince nymph but kept the prince's brown soft hackle.  One more addition and the fly was finished.  The hotspot.  Hotspots are very common in[…]

  • High Country Edit

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 12, 2017 | 11:08 am

    A QuickieNothing grand, but a quick edit we did in between wrestling Brookies and Cutts for a few days.

  • The Iron Lotus

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 31, 2017 | 09:50 am

    The Iron Lotus A dense Baetis with a subtle hotspotIron LotusThe Iron Lotus is a quick sinking imitation of a mayfly nymph.  Its slick, coated body aids in the sink rate, its subtly segmented body adds realism, its sleek silhouette matches the naturals and its gold tungsten bead and subtle red thread hotspot give just enough flash and color contrast to pique the interest of feeding Trout.  If you are a fan of dumb humor movies (like me), then you likely know where this fly got its name.  Shortly after designing this fly the movie, "Blades of Glory", came out.  My team watched "Blades of Glory" several nights while tying flies leading up to a National Fly Fishing Championship.  In the movie was a dangerous, yet wildly effective (if executed properly) skating move called the "fabled iron lotus".  I thought the name was a catchy, and kind of summed up this pattern so I borrowed it for this fly. I tie these in size 12 to 16 using jig hooks and size 18-20 on regular nymph or scud hooks.  Because Baetis nymphs do not have anything red or gold on them, I've tried several versions of this fly with black or black nickel[…]


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