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  • The Magic Dun Soft Hackle

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 15, 2019 | 16:25 pm

    The Magic Dun Soft Hackle It's Soft and MagicalMagic Dun Soft HackleThe Baetis, or Blue Wing Olive, hatch out here in the west is a pretty big deal so we tend to stock up on as many good patterns as we can. One of the patterns that, in my opinion, you never want to be without is a good soft hackle pattern. I've had great success with them before, during and after the main hatch, so never discount the value of a good soft hackle pattern. I've even gone as far as drowning my normal dry flies in order to get a good soft hackle pattern when I'm lacking anything else.The Magic Dun Soft Hackle makes use of a couple of newer materials we've gotten our grubby mitts on and is a variation of a dun soft hackle pattern my buddies and I have used on the Green River in Utah for years. The first material here is a limited run of these small Bantam hen capes from Whiting. The feathers are uber-soft and long enough, even in small sizes, to tie up some killer soft hackles.Whiting Bantam Hen CapeThe other material is what I consider one of my favorite new materials in the past[…]

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  • Holographic Frenchie - EURO NYMPH

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 14, 2019 | 00:17 am

    Holographic Frenchie - EURO NYMPH Variation of the Thread FrenchieHolgraphic Frenchie NymphI'm not afraid of taking a given pattern and tweaking it to meet my nefarious purposes. So when I'd had a good solid year or so of fishing Lance Egan's thread Frenchie, I made some of my own tweaks and found a variation that seems to do well for me in different situations.I used this variation last year on a couple of dry-dropper trips on small streams and along with a few other quick-drop slim nymph patterns, it did really well.The breakthrough for me came on a two-day float down the Chimehuin River in the Patagonia region of Argentina. We had been fishing dry flies most of the first day and ended up switching more to dry-dropper rigs the second day. I had been messing around with different droppers and found that Lance's slimmer thread Frenchie was doing the trick for me. After I had a fish break off, I switched over to the Holographic version and the catch rate went up quite a bit for me. At the same time, Cheech also realized that the fish seemed to be shying away from more silver or gold beads. This "antique" style bronze colored bead[…]

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  • The Mata-Crappie

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 12, 2019 | 21:25 pm

    The Mata-Crappie Also Great for BluegillMata-Crappie gets eaten by a chunky bluegillAbout 10 years ago, Cheech and I were fishing for Crappie and Smallmouth bass on Brownlee Reservoir along the Idaho/Oregon border. I had tied up a bunch of these panfish-friendly wire-bodied patterns and brought them along. As it turned out, these little bugs did some damage on the Crappie that trip. Since that time, I've used them on White Bass, Bluegills, Carp, Largemouth and Smallmouth bass as well as a few trout here and there.It's a fun pattern to tie that sinks quickly enough to get down to fish while the legs flutter and add good action to the fly.I recently made some changes to the original pattern (I get bored of tying things the same way sometimes) and took it for a spin. It ended up working very well and ended up catching blugill, largemouth and a couple of rainbow trout.I usually fish this on either an indicator rig mooched slowly along or I'll fish it with an intermediate or midge tip type line depending on the situation. The fish above took it on a vertically retrieved midge tip line just off the bottom in 8 ft of water.Give it[…]

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  • Toothless Dragon Slider - Wedge Head Technique

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 5, 2019 | 20:44 pm

    Toothless Dragon Slider - Wedge Head Technique All Business, No FlashThe Articulated Trout Slider is by far my favorite articulated streamer (Sorry Cheech Leech)...  In my opinion, there are two magical elements to the ATS - a tight packed deer hair head with hair on only one side, and body material that creates maximum movement.  For most of my sliders, I use ice dub for the body because some of the colors, like gold, silver, chocolate brown, and copper, are straight and very supple.  For the heads, I have been playing with a completely flat head, and it accentuates the "wobble" of the fly that makes it so deadly.  I was preparing for a trip for Brookies so I wanted a jet black fly with minimal flash.  I played with a few body styles until I settled in on a stacked marabou body, and just plain Jane chenille, in fact, I don't think I have tied with plain black chenille in over 10 years.  Once I had some tied, my daughter came in to my tying room and said that they looked like the dragon from the movie "How to Train Your Dragon" and she was dead on...  Sine then, it was named the Toothless Slider, and it[…]

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  • Guides Choice Hare's Ear Variant

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing May 2, 2019 | 19:51 pm

    Guides Choice Hare's Ear Variant A Jig Nymph with a TwistOur buddy Ian Wilson is back with a great nymph pattern.This rope dub technique is worth the watch and can be used on a variety of other types of patterns as well.Give it a try and feel free to swap out for the bead color of your choice...Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                  Hook: Firehole Sticks 516 Jig Hook - 10Thread: Veevus Fly Tying Thread - Brown - 14/0Bead: Mottled Tactical Slotted Tungsten Beads - Hare's Ear Brown - 5/32" (3.8mm)Weight: Lead Wire Spool - .020Tail and Thorax: Hare's Mask - Grade #1 - NaturalBody: TroutHunter Dry Fly Dubbing - Dark HoneyHot Spot: Veevus Fly Tying Thread - Red - 14/0Other tools from the tutorial:       Stonfo Elite Rotodubbing twisterStonfo Pinza Elite Hackle Pliers - StandardStonfo Thread SplitterOverton's Wonder Wax

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  • Mayfly Hackle Stacker

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Apr 23, 2019 | 10:47 am

    Mayfly Hackle Stacker Mayfly Dry FlyOur buddy Ian Wilson, who ties a mean fly or two, steps in on this tutorial to tie up one of his favorite styles of mayflies -- the hackle stacker.You can mix and match this color scheme to whatever naturals you find you need. Also, the hackle can be anything from a dun to a light tan dun or whatever you find you've got.Give this a try!Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                Hook: Firehole Sticks 317 Scud/Pupa  Klinkhammer - 12Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - OliveTails: Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs - Dark Dyed DunRibbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Amber - SmallBody Coating: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - FlowHackle: Hebert Miner Cape Pro - Light Tan DunThorax: Polish CDC - Blue DunOther tools from the tutorial:Loon UV Infiniti LightC and F Design BobbinStonfo Thread SplitterOverton's Wonder WaxStonfo Dubbing Loop Clip Set - Large

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  • Goat Bugger

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Apr 16, 2019 | 19:46 pm

    Goat Bugger A New Twist on a Classic...Anyone who has spent significant time lake fishing, or "stillwater" fishing as we call it has gone on a wild chase for seal dubbing at some point.  While it's still available in some countries, it's not as easy to get in the United States due to some of the laws changing.  I have some that I had to twist an arm or two for, but I'm always second guessing myself when it comes time to tie up a batch of seal buggers with the secret stash.  There are lots of good substitutes out there, and yes, Arizona simi seal is one of the best, but in my opinion, it's kind of more a stand-alone product as opposed to a real substitute.  Luckily, Nature's Spirit has been putting out stellar dubbing that they call "African Goat Dubbing" and it's got a lot of the same characteristics that seal has.  It's somewhat short, coarse, and has pretty good translucency, so it makes a great bugger or leech pattern.  We have listed a few of our favorite combos for these buggers, so feel free to mix them up to fit your local fisheries.  These flies do the trick[…]

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  • The Blob

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 24, 2019 | 22:06 pm

    The Blob Rainbow Trout KryptoniteI got my first taste of blob fishing about 15 years ago when Curtis and I were fishing a local stillwater out of our 13' tin can of a boat (that almost killed us that day), and we were fishing next to Ryan Barnes who had been pretty active in the competition angling scene.  He had been catching several fish that day, and after we rescued out tin can from a private shoreline, I found out that he had been fishing a fly that was apparently called a "blob."  It would be about 12 or 13 years until I'd really look further into that fly, and the techniques that were involved in fishing it, but it's become a staple in my stillwater boxes, especially for waters with stocked Rainbow Trout.  Now, I'm not necessarily talking about the 8" silver finless bullets that make their way into our waters, but there is something about blob flies that a Rainbow Trout can't handle, especially if they were born in a hatchery, regardless of how old or big they are.There really isn't much to the technique of tying this fly, but we still get lots of questions about how to tie[…]

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  • Big Unsinkabeetle

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 18, 2019 | 15:38 pm

    Big Unsinkabeetle Attention Droppers...  Meet Your Match.It seems like forever ago, but 6 years ago the Unsinkabeetle was born in a bowl full of water at my mom's house (read about it HERE).  I have played with this fly in various sizes and configurations, and they have been everything from small pink ones, to all natural brown ones with no flash, but they all seem to do two things really well: 1- Float. 2- Catch fish.  This video is a color combo and size that seems to be popular in southern Patagonia Argentina, so naturally I had to tie some up!  Take note that right after we filmed this, Gamakatsu stopped making the S10 in the size we used, so we made some necessary adjustments in the recipe.Have fun tying these!!Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                             Hook: Daiichi 1710 - 2X Long Nymph Hook - 6Thread: 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - BlackBody: Fly Tying Foam - 2mm - BlackOver Body: Rainy's Evazote Foam - Black - 1/8"Dubbing: Ice Dub - UV BlackWing: EP Fibers - WhiteIndicator: Fly Tying Foam - 2mm - YellowLeg1: Speckled Centipede Legs - Speckled Red - MediumLeg2: Speckled[…]

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  • Build a Euro Leader

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 10, 2019 | 16:16 pm

    Build a Euro Leader Lance's Euro Leader SetupSo here's the setup with one of the most commonly asked questions: How do I build Lance's Euro Leader.So here's a the leader recipe and some videos on how to put it together...Material ListAdd to Cart  View in store                                     Section #1: Maxima Chameleon Leader Material - 20 lbSection #2: Maxima Chameleon Leader Material - 15 lbSighter: Cortland Spooled Indicator Mono - Bi-Color Red/Yellow - .014" / .36mm Tippet Ring: Hanak Tippet Rings, 2mmTippet: Umpqua Superfluoro Tippet - 4XTippet 2: Umpqua Superfluoro Tippet - 5XSighter option 1: Sunset Amnesia Line - 12 lb - Fl. GreenSighter option 2: Sunset Amnesia Line - 12 lb - RedOther tools from the tutorial:And another couple of knots

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