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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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  • Jigged Streamer for a Euro Rig

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 5, 2019 | 21:15 pm

    Jigged Streamer for a Euro Rig A Simple but Killer TechniqueJigged Streamer for a Euro RigWe're kicking off another Lance Egan tutorial that was a culmination of hearing about trip after trip where this technique and pattern had been just destroying the fish. We finally headed out to try it out with Lance and he stopped to give some explanations. Then the tutorial shows the fly he's been using with this awesome technique.From Lance...The jigged streamer technique is one of those things that make me wonder why I didn't think about it sooner, but I didn't.  For me it took a few mentions by my Fly Fishing Team USA teammate, Pat Weiss, letting me know he caught some bonus fish on jigged streamers a few times in competitions before I started utilizing the technique.  Once I gave the technique a chance I quickly converted.  I started embracing the possibilities of a streamer on a Euro-nymphing rig a few years ago and I've been steadily building confidence with it.  I had a break through moment with the jigged streamer technique at last year's World Fly Fishing Championship in Trentino, Italy.  In the last of 5 sessions I drew beat 4 on the Sarca River near the town of[…]

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  • The Big Junk Streamer

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 1, 2019 | 14:36 pm

    The Big Junk Streamer Featuring Lance's Big JunkThis is one of those patterns that, on several occasions, has turned a slow fishing day into a stellar fishing day but it took us a few times out before we realized just how good it was.If you check out one of the floats we did on the Green River last year, you'll see it in action.Anyway, see what Lance has to say about it below...Basic wooly bugger type streamers (see also, humongous) are my go-to streamer patterns. Sure, giant articulated streamers are cool and fun to tie, but when I want to entice many Trout to take, rather than just 1 or 2, I tend toward simple, easy to tie streamers with lots of motion. The Big Junk is exactly one of those.You are likely wondering how it got the name “Big Junk” when it’s more of a schmedium sized streamer?? Well, to be honest, I don’t remember exactly how it got it’s name, but it has been known as such for about 4-5 years now. I first used this color combo and style of fly on Utah’s Provo river. When fishing the Provo I often dislodge rocks and place my net immediately downstream to see[…]

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  • Secret Squirrel CDC Jig

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 24, 2019 | 21:39 pm

    Secret Squirrel CDC Jig One of Our Buggiest Dubbing BlendsSo a Squirrel and a Duck walk into a bar...  Hit us in the comments if you have a good punchline for this joke, because I couldn't think of one.  As you know, we like to pull out the ol' coffee grinder and play with some cool dubbing mixes. We mess with lots of dubbing combinations, but when we got CDC dubbing, the light bulb turned on and I started mixing it with different stuff.  Of all the things I did, it worked best when I mixed it with squirrel (75% squirrel 25% CDC) and I played with lots of color combos that will have future applications.  The cool thing about this dubbing blend is that the squirrel and CDC will move differently in the water giving it a fairly unique motion.  On this fly, I matched it up with an awesome dark violet Hanak bead for the ultimate hot spot.  Mix up a bunch of different colors and try it out! Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                   Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 14Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - PurpleBead: Hanak Metallic+ Slotted[…]

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  • FAB - Foam Arse Blob

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 20, 2019 | 17:17 pm

    FAB - Foam Arse Blob So Easy a Caveman Can Tie ItAlright, I'll start off by claiming the obvious...  This fly is NOT a difficult fly to tie, but we thought it was worth showing due to the uniqueness of the "jelly fritz" that is used to tie it.  It's really no mystery in the UK, but here in the USA, it seems that we have grown content to kick and twitch an olive krystal bugger while passing directly over fish, and giving the occasional twitch.  This "Jolling" (trolling with slight jerks) is going to catch you some fish for sure, but if you really want to get technical about fishing stillwaters, it's highly recommended to research loch style fishing and some of the patterns and methods used in the UK and competitions worldwide.  This post really isn't to break down all of the different methods you can use to present a buoyant fly, but I'll share my favorite.  Type 5 full sink line -> 5 feet fo 3x to a weighted leech -> 5 feet of 3x to a smaller chironomid or nymph -> 5 feet of 3x to a FAB or a Booby.  This creates a leader setup that is deep and ascends[…]

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  • Euro Nymphing on the Provo River

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 10, 2019 | 22:19 pm

    Euro Nymphing on the Provo River Winter Fly FishingBrown trout caught on a Perdigon fly patternWe headed up to the river and forged some snow to catch some fish. Despite some chilly weather and a strong midge hatch, the fish were happy to chow down on #16 and #14 Euro style jig nymphs.If you need to get started on Euro nymphing, look for these two killer Euro nymphing videos from Lance, Devin and Gilbert. They go through all you need to know.And the flies we used....Squirracell NymphThread FrenchieIdaho Stank PerdigonCatch the vlog we did below.

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  • The Fly Shop Move!

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 4, 2019 | 20:44 pm

    We Finally Did It!It took a few months to complete all the details but we finally put the finishing touches on the big shop move. Here's a quick video to give you an idea of what we did.

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  • Biot Soft Hackle

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 3, 2019 | 21:50 pm

    Biot Soft Hackle Simple Still WorksAs much as I love to push the boundaries of fly tying, there is also a part of me that loves to tie really simple classic flies.  Soft hackles are usually very simple, sparse, and super effective.  This fly really doesn't need much introduction so I'll keep it brief, but as far as fishing applications, you should swing it, drop it off of a dry fly, nymph it, fish it in lakes, etc. etc... Material List Add to Cart   View in store                        Hook: Firehole Sticks 633 Nymph & Wet - 12Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - CamelBody: Nature's Spirit Stripped Wild Turkey Barred Biots - CallibaetisThorax: Natural Furs Dubbing - Fox SquirrelHackle: Whiting Brahma Wing Soft Hackle PairOther tools from the tutorial:   Renzetti Master ViseC&F Design Biot Pliers

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