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  • Dry Flies on the Green River

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 16, 2018 | 22:28 pm

    Caddis Attack!We've fished the Green for a lot of years and have seen some great dry fly days, but this day was a pretty crazy one. Unfortunately, it was a two-man jobber and we weren't able to fish, row and film all at once. So we've got at least the aftermath of the dry fly action and we were able to break in the new Hyde on moving water finally.Also, here's a link to the flies we used:-- Egan's Bionic Ant-- Egan's Iron Lotus-- Duracell Jig-- Stoneflopper (mini version)-- Morrish HopperAnd the video....

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  • Egan's Red Dart

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 14, 2018 | 23:08 pm

    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[…]

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  • CDC & Foam Ant

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 11, 2018 | 17:56 pm

    CDC & Foam Ant CDC and Foam are BuddiesWe have spent several years surveying trout across the country and the consensus is that they all love flying ant patterns.  Cinnamon, black, brown, etc.  95.87% of them confirmed that they would readily eat a properly presented ant fly pattern.  Scientific research aside, we started to pay attention more to flying ants once we started fishing Lance's Bionic ant, and watching picky mayfly eaters move 7' out of their feeding lanes to eat the juicier morsel.  On this fly, you will see a cool technique to create a round body with foam and dubbing, and you will also see the cinnamon pepper color of hackle that we have been using a lot lately.  ~Cheech Material List Add to Cart   View in store                             Hook: Gamakatsu S10 Executive Series Dry Fly Hook - 12Body: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - BlackBody: Nature's Spirit Beaver Dubbing - Rusty SpinnerOverbody: Rainy's Evazote Foam - Black - 1/8"Wing: Polish CDC - WhiteHackle: Whiting Rooster Dry Fly Cape - Pro - Cinnamon Pepper VariantOther tools from the tutorial:     C&F Design Bobbin - Midge SizeFly Tying Wax SkullTiemco Tungsten Carbide Razor Scissor

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  • Strawberry Cutthroats

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 8, 2018 | 22:49 pm

    Strawberry Cutthroats And Forest Fires...Strawberry Reservoir CutthroatIt was a relatively slow couple of outings but we managed a few fish. Cheech even rigged up his new Tenkara rig and gave it a go. See the results below...Also, featured flies:-- Balanced Blank Saver-- Lancer Damsel

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  • Morrish Mouse

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 2, 2018 | 10:00 am

    Morrish Mouse Part Rodent, Part GurglerFishing with mouse patterns seems to be picking up steam as more and more anglers realize that there are lots of fish that will readily take advantage of a nicely presented rodent.  The keys to a good mouse pattern in my opinion are movement, "gurgle," and hook gap.  The Morrish Mouse is a really great example of how to achieve all three of those keys in a pretty simple form.  It's basically three materials, and can take a little bit of time to tie, but it's not necessarily a difficult pattern with a bit of practice (even with the spinning of elk hair.)  Kudos again to Ken Morrish for bringing us this well thought out and very effective fly!  A few tips.  You can tie this on a wide gap hook like the Gamakatsu B10S or the Fulling Mill Streamer Stripper hookYou can tie this fly with deer or elk hair, but I find that it's best with coarse elk hair like the back strip piece from Nature's SpiritIt can be tied with 4mm foam if you want to slim down the profile.Happy tying!~ Cheech Material List Add to Cart   View in store                          […]

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  • Egan's Corn Fed Caddis

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 24, 2018 | 22:05 pm

    Egan's Corn Fed Caddis Caddis Gold!The Corn Fed CaddisThe Corn Fed Caddis is a beefy, high floating dry fly fit for any water type.It utilizes the incredible flotation and fish catching abilities of CDC. Most CDC patterns are sparse and delicate, but the Corn Fed Caddis lives up to its name sporting a heavy CDC wing stacked with a hydrophobic, poly yarn overwing for even more floatability. This linebacker at ballet class also uses CDC fibers for the hackle.Throw this fly at selective spring creek browns or pocketwater pushovers, it works great for both!Also of note, CDC flies don't work well with traditional floatants.  Use Tiemco dry magic or Loon Lochsa gel style floatants, Shimizaki Dry Shake, Loon Top Ride, or Frogs Fanny powder floatants for best results (see links below).Buy them pre-tied here or check out the tutorial below...Material List Add to Cart   View in store                           Hook: TMC 100 Dry Fly Hook - 14 - 25 PackShuck: MFC Premium Fly Tying Thread - Light Brown - 6/0Shuck: Antron Yarn - Carded - PMD Shuck/OliveBody/Thorax: Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - TanWing/Hackle: Nature's Spirit CDC - NaturalWing 2: Para Post Wing Material - WhiteOther tools from the tutorial:           Stonfo[…]

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  • The Chimera gets an upgrade

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 20, 2018 | 16:58 pm

    The Chimera gets an upgrade CHIMERA 2.0Chimera updatedIt's been quite a while since we gave the Chimera some love, so here's a nice little updated version.I started tying and fishing this version last summer and it really still had the original Chimera magic going on. The only two components I swap out are the body material (pheasant tail swapped in for Ice Dub) and the hook (the wicked sharp Gamakastu R18B from the original Mustad CS49). From the success of fishing Frenchie style flies, I'm a pretty big fan of pheasant tail as a material in general and so the sub for Ice Dub seemed a good choice. And if you haven't used the R18 hook, it's about time you did. It's got mega penetration mojo and I haven't seen any increase in lost fish from it being barbless.The other thing we've seen as people have fished this more over the years is that it does a great job in rivers just the same as it does in lakes. Again, it's more of an all-around attractor pattern that can help imitate a large variety of aquatic insects.The Chimera getting some actionMaterial List Add to Cart   View in store                               […]

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  • FISH CAMP 2018: Aggressive Brookies & Splake

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 14, 2018 | 20:39 pm

    FISH CAMP 2018: Aggressive Brookies & Splake High Country CampingThe ReleaseWe headed out to the high country last week and spent a few days fishing, camping and eating plenty of red meat. With the addition of a few new faces to our normal foodie fishing camp, it was a great time.Check out the video....Also, check out the fly that was responsible for a lot of the fish in this video here.

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  • Egan's Chironomid Frenchie: aka the Silver Lancer

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 14, 2018 | 20:39 pm

    Egan's Chironomid Frenchie: aka the Silver Lancer Slayer Chironomid PatternChironomid FrenchiePreface (by CF): So we've been fishing this Frenchie variation pattern almost religiously for the past couple of chironomid seasons on our local stillwaters. In two words: It slays.Now we wouldn't expect less from the fishy mind of Lance Egan, but this pattern almost borders on creepily effective. Due to the need for getting this submitted to Umpqua for an upcoming new catalog release, we couldn't let the cat out of the bag until now, but we've seen this pattern get a LOT of usage amongst a few fellow anglers and it's pretty much the same response in terms of how well it fishes.By now you know me as a pretty fanatical chironomid guy. And not to say I don't fish my other patterns, but let's say I've got a few rows in my chironomid box that is 100% Silver Lancers. Side note: Cheech came up with that codename for it and we actually call it that. Chironomid Frenchie is what you'll see it named with Umpqua most likely, but around here, it's the "Silver Lancer" (or Gold Lancer, or White Lancer as the case may be).So here's a Lance's take on the pattern:Many river anglers who are[…]

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  • Mil-Spec Parachute PMD

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 6, 2018 | 21:42 pm

    Mil-Spec Parachute PMD Techie looks, with a Simple TechniqueIt's been a few years since I really focused on fishing PMD hatches, but as many of you know, it only takes one good hatch to start losing sleep in anticipating these pale yellow sailboats in the summer time.  Curtis and I started floating the Provo river quite a bit last year, and most of our focus was on big terrestrials and crippled caddisflies.  There seemed to be one section of the river that had slower water, picky fish, and plentiful PMDs, but it was always hard to take off a big foam fly to something that was a bit more technical.  We started pulling over, lengthening our leaders, and fishing PMD patterns, and it usually added 5 or 6 more fish to our total for the day.  PMD's are now varsity starters in our float boxes.  Because I had been playing with the Mil-Spec (marker barred) body style with lots of baetis patterns, I decided that it was time to do the same thing with PMD patterns.  Needless to say, it was a great success, and we caught a lot of fish on them.  Also, the light tan dun color of hackle is the[…]

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