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  • Epoxy Eyed Zonker

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Nov 13, 2019 | 04:35 am

    Epoxy Eyed Zonker Add Some Hot Sauce to Your Classic FlyThis is a pattern that I have been playing with off and on for several years.  Really it's not anything new, but it has some extra bells and whistles that make it stand out a little bit.  This has been a great pattern at our local reservoir that is full of minnow eating cutthroat trout, and you can adjust the weight to make it heavy enough to take a swim in moving water as well.  Enough reading!  Check out the video!Hook Alternates:  Daiichi 2461 or the MFC 7050Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                                      Hook: Hanak H 95 Streamer Maxx Predator Hook - 1Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - WhiteBead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Pink - 5/32" (3.8mm)Tail/Body: Rabbit Zonker Strips - WhiteBody Dub: SLF Prism Dubbing - Ice PearlCollar: Crosscut Rabbit Strips - WhiteLateral Line: Fluoro Fiber - Hot PinkEye: 3D Holographic Eyes - Super Pearl - 3/16"Resin: Loon UV Colored Fly Finish - Hot PinkResin: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Thick (1/2 oz)Resin: Solarez UV Cure Resin - Bone Dry .5 Oz

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  • The Grumpy Frumpy - OG Version

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Nov 7, 2019 | 15:24 pm

    The Grumpy Frumpy - OG Version Cheech's Favorite Dry Fly Before you get too far reading this, you HAVE to check out the way I tied in this hackle.  It's absolutely bulletproof.Now that we have that out of the way, the Grumpy Frumpy was one of my first commercially available fly patterns that has morphed over the years in size and color, but it seems that I always come back to the original colorway - yellow/tan.  Check out the story of how it was created HERE.  It seems that many of my most memorable fishing days are when the fish are aggressively and stupidly gorging on attractors like the Grumpy Frumpy!  ~ Cheech You will need hackle with this fly as well, and since we individually size them, here is a link to all of our available COACHMAN BROWN hackle.  You can use coachman brown or grizzly dyed coachman brown... The fish approve of both.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                        Hook: TMC Tiemco 9300 Dry & Wet Hook - 10Thread: 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - CamelTail: Bett's Z-Lon - Standard - BrownBody: Danville's Rayon 4 Strand Floss - YellowOverbody: Fly Tying Foam - 2mm - TanWing: EP Trigger Point[…]

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  • Articulated Bruiser Bugger - Simple Articulated Streamer

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 31, 2019 | 02:41 am

    Articulated Bruiser Bugger - Simple Articulated Streamer Simple, Fishy, GoodnessI think we all like the flash of a big trout after it engulfs a big articulated streamer, but we don't always love tying those big time hogging bugs.  This fly is designed to be a fly that is pretty simple to tie, and they can be tied in a wide range of colors and sizes.  Also, be sure to check out it's little brother, the Bruiser Bugger. Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                                      Hook: Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper - 2Hook: Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook - 4Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - YellowBead: 3D Articulation Beads - GoldEyes: Double Pupil Lead Eyes - Large - Yellow w/ White & BlackConnection: Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire - Black - RegularTail: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou - Lemon YellowLegs: Grizzly Flutter Legs - Black Barred Hot YellowBody: Ice Dub - GoldHackle: Whiting American Rooster Saddle - Grizzly Dyed YellowHead: Bruiser Blend Dubbing - Canary

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  • Complex Twist Sow Bug

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 27, 2019 | 05:47 am

    Complex Twist Sow Bug All Protein, All SeasonsThe Guide for New Fly Shop Employees (1995) has a very in depth chapter about fly recommendations in Utah.  To sum it up, if you aren't quite sure what to prescribe an angler who is headed out, recommend a sow bug regardless of the season.  Sow bugs are a plentiful food source in a lot of Utah rivers, and the fish love to eat them.  Rainbow sows, Ray Charles, Gut Sacks, Local Magic Mojo, etc...  Just make sure that they have a sow bug, and they will likely catch fish.  It was this logic that made me want to kind of mess with some patterns on jig hooks that would be durable, easy, and quick to tie.  See, with sow bugs, you are going to fish them pretty close to the bottom to match where they are in the river, so it's important that they can be a pretty quick tie because you will break some off.  This pattern really isn't anything super original.  It's basically a variation of the Ray Charles that doesn't have any flashback, and has wire twisted up with the herls to make it more durable.  Cheech Material List Add to Cart   View in[…]

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  • THE Curtis Fry - Baitfish Pattern

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 14, 2019 | 03:39 am

    THE Curtis Fry - Baitfish Pattern This Fly Should Have Happened a LONG Time AgoBefore we get too far into this thing...  Yes, this is basically a variation of a Surf Candy fly modified for trout, and it's not really anything new...  That being said, colored resins open up a lot of doors for flies in this style.  It's a great technique to tie flies that are pretty simple, durable, and catch fish - so there really is no excuse not to try a few of them.  The beauty of having so many colored resin options is that you can tie them to match almost ANY baitfish.Also, It took Curtis long enough to use this name that I had to do the right thing and step in and steal it.  Not apologizing.  At. All.~ CheechNOTE!!  The Chickabou pelts can come and go in regards to availability.  Any chickabou product will work for this fly.  Check out our chickabou inventory: HEREMaterial List Add to Cart   View in store                                            Hook: Ahrex 610 Trout Predator Streamer Hook - 4Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - WhiteBody: Polar Flash - 2033 - Mirage OpalEyes: 3D Holographic Eyes -[…]

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  • Boyd's Special: Henry's Lake Renegade

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 10, 2019 | 15:54 pm

    Boyd's Special: Henry's Lake Renegade STILLWATER CRUSHERBoyd's Henry's Lake Special RenegadeThis fly and tying tutorial is dedicated to our good buddy Boyd Guymon, who passed away a few months ago after a very long battle with cancer. Boyd was one of the most happy and helpful fly tyers and fisherman we've known. During his last few years as he battled the nasty cancer, he would always make the time to come visit us in the shop where he'd regale us with stories of his fishing exploits -- primarily up at Henry's Lake in Idaho where he spent a lot of time with his wife living out of their camper trailer.In particular, Boyd would get so excited to chat about the flies he'd be using up there. He would often tweak his own patterns or fine tune others' patterns as he searched for the magic bullet on a given lake. For this pattern, he took the standard double renegade, that is still very popular at Henry's lake and was a pattern I'd seen at FlyAnglersOnline a number of years ago and he added a bit of a hot spot with some red vinyl tubing along the butt. Every time he came in, he would buy more[…]

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  • Diamond Jig Leech

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 2, 2019 | 21:37 pm

    Diamond Jig Leech Impress the Fish, Not Your FriendsSometimes you break in to Lance's TOYota and steal his fly ideas.  Other times he shares cool concepts with you.  In this case, he turned us on to this color dubbing and this style of fly. Solid wotk Lance...  In recent months we have fished several diverse trout fisheries with everything from brook trout, splake, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and tiger trout.  The thing they all have in common is that they can't get enough of this fly.  It's so simple that it's basically a crime not to have a few in your stillwater boxes.  We fish it mostly on a long leader and a midge tip setup, but why would you read a description about how well it fishes when you could just watch a video.  Check it out below. BONUS:  To see the updated recipe for the slider pattern in this video, click HEREDiamond Jig Leech Material List Add to Cart   View in store                        Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 8Bead: Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads - Black Matte - 4.0mmThread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - BlackTail: Nature's Spirit Premium Bugger Bou[…]

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  • Garbage Scud

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Sep 28, 2019 | 04:23 am

    Garbage Scud You Need This for Stillwater!I'll fully admit that I didn't start tying this fly to start ridding the planet of plastic 1/2" at a time.  I was too lazy to dig out some proper scud back, but I had the good old ziploc bags sitting on my desk.  The only catch is that a good portion of my materials come in this new fangled stiff plastic that's not the best for scud backs.  About 3 or 4 flies in, I stretched some a little too hard over the back of my fly, and boom...  Magic happened.  In all seriousness though, this fly could be tied with a wide variety of scud back materials, but this stuff has proven to be very effective, easy to tie with, durable, and very very INEXPENSIVE!  Fast forward to fishing this fly, it was easily the most effective fly for me the first time I fished it, and cutts and rainbows really put the chow on it.  If you have scuds in your water, you need to try this bug! Material List Add to Cart   View in store                            Hook: Fulling Mill 35005 Heavyweight Champ, Barbless - 12Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread[…]

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  • Weinermobile Hopper

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Sep 20, 2019 | 02:47 am

    Weinermobile Hopper Hold the Ketchup PleaseIf you have followed this site for a while you will know that I'm always tinkering with things to either be creative, or to try to make something better, more durable, more buoyant, etc. etc.  I have been intrigued by cylindrical flies for a while since I started fishing the bionic ant a few years back.  Not only was I messing around with tubular bodies, I was also dead set on finding the best way to glue foam sheets together (specifically for bionic ant indicators.)  We have a bonus post this time to not only show you the very best way to glue foam sheets together, but we have created a very simple and cool pattern that caught many fish before it got a name.  It was tested on some very fussy fish that like their foam bugs completely free of drag, and floating high.  This fly not only was a very high floater, but it would skate when I mended it (instead of getting pulled under the surface).  I realized that the unique shape of the body and head (both slightly pointing upward) was the key to making it skate.  After an Instagram post of a[…]

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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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