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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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  • Tiger Trout TOADS!

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Aug 8, 2019 | 16:53 pm

    Tiger Trout TOADS! We Caught some PigsBig B with the Big TOur latest adventure takes us up into the high country on a hike searching for some Tiger Trout. We ended up with some decently sized fish. The fish liked the Balanced Damsel and we also caught some on the Frenchie Chironomid and some callibaetis to boot. The links are below:Balanced Damsel TutorialPurchase the Balanced Damsel FlyFrenchie Chironomid TutorialCallidrangus Callibaetis patternand the video...

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  • Terrestrials in the Rain?Provo River Float

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Aug 5, 2019 | 17:45 pm

    Terrestrials in the Rain?Provo River Float The Fish are Already Wet...We had been playing the weather by ear since the day before, but when you are presented with an opportunity to float in the rain, the answer is always yes - you just rely on good rain gear.  We were kind of hell bent on fishing Bionic Ants even through the rain, and we are glad we did!!!  I actually started the day off with a new color combo of Grumpy Frumpy that worked pretty well, but the Bionic seemed to get the fish really moving aggressively.  Here is basically how the trip went: Cheech breaks H3 rod in short order (after catching a couple fish on it.) Lance shows off accuracy with his fancy G Loomis Asquith (which I then fished for the rest of the trip.)  Asquith is a CRAZY nice rod... Rain is somewhat drizzly and relentless, which made for perfect conditions for the fish to be aggressive.  Fish go nuts on the Bionic Ant for the rest of the trip...  As you will see at the end of the video, the ant that I was fishing had a few modifications.  I tied it with the Wapsi XL ant body on a TMC 9300[…]

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  • Stoneflopper - Foto Foam Version

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Aug 3, 2019 | 16:15 pm

    Stoneflopper - Foto Foam Version Killer Gets an UpgradeIf you fish hoppers or stoneflies you NEED this in your box.  I have been fishing this pattern for a number of years, and I immediately knew how I'd incorporate the new Foto Foam from Montana Fly as soon as we got it in the shop.  At first I was concerned about the durability of the printed pattern on the foam, but after fishing several patterns that use it, I have been very impressed with both how well the pattern stays on the foam, but how long the foam lasts.  I also made a few simple adjustments to make this fly a little bit simpler, like changing the wing from elk hair to EP Trigger Point Fibers.  Also, as a general note, I use both 3XL hooks (like the TMC 5263) and 2XL hooks (like the TMC 5262 and the Daiichi 1710) on this fly with great success.  Because those models are all pretty fast moving models, if one of them is out of stock, you can easily sub for one of the other models - or just buy the 5263 in a 100 pack. Material List Add to Cart   View in store                     […]

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  • Tubular Hopper

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 24, 2019 | 21:06 pm

    Tubular Hopper A Very Simple But Effective HopperSeveral years ago while preparing to participate in a Green River single fly event I was introduced to a popular Rio Verde guide pattern called a Tootsie Roll.  My friends at Spinner Fall Guide Service, Scott Barrus, and Charlie Card, convinced me that the way to do well in that event was to fish a dry fly, particularly the Tootsie Roll.  The Tubular Hopper is a variation of the Tootsie Roll and has been producing well for me whenever fish are on smallish hoppers. Like most flies I fish, this is a fairly simple pattern, and for a hopper, is a relatively fast tie.  With it’s Tubular foam body and trigger point wing it is a buoyant pattern that fishes well on its own or with a dropper. Add the magic of coachman brown hackle and some legs and you can’t miss (though I hope you get many opportunities to miss fish) with this little hopper pattern. ~ LanceAlso, if you are interested in floating the Green River with some really fishy guys, check out the Spinner Fall guys at www.flyfishgreenriver.com.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                        Hook: Gamakatsu R18-B Multi-Purpose[…]

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  • A Surprising Line WRECKED the Brookies

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 15, 2019 | 04:04 am

    A Surprising Line WRECKED the Brookies Go Deep Like Jerry RiceYellow Starburst (AKA Ham and Eggs)If it's not broken don't fix it right?  We recently did a trip with a bunch of buddies to one of our normal stillwater spots, and the fish were in all the usual places and they were eating all the usual flies.  About mid day I had caught a lot of fish, but I wanted to mess around with some different lines and flies to see if I could get a different reaction from the fish.  I also wanted to practice some different techniques because I knew there were willing fish that would eat other things if all else failed.  There was a group of 4 of us who were fishing midge tip lines and chironomids and callibaetis, so I naturally tied on a parabolic line with a FAB (Foam Arse Blob).  The concept of that fly line is that its a type 3 sink on the tip, the belly is a type 5, and the running line is a type 3.  Essentially you are presenting your flies in a U-shape so you can cover several depths during your retrieve.  I opted to fish a three fly rig with each fly[…]

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