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  • A Surprising Line WRECKED the Brookies

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 14, 2019 | 23:04 pm

    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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  • Ginger Minner - Baitfish Pattern

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 9, 2019 | 16:49 pm

    Ginger Minner - Baitfish Pattern My Favorite Color??  Light TanThis fly is basically just a larger version of the Baby Fat Minnow, but there are some challenges when you tie this fly larger.  I use more marabou, I dub the body differently, and the head is constructed a little bit differently as well.  This pattern was first tested in Argentina where the local Perca and Brown Trout ate it with wreckless abandon.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                                                      Hook: Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper - 4Bead: Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads - Gold - 4.0mm (5/32")Thread: 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - WhiteTail: Wapsi Strung Blood Quill Marabou - GingerBody: Ice Dub - UV TanHead 1: Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing - Butter BellyHead 2: Bruiser Blend Junior Dubbing - Pale LemonEye: 3D Holographic Eyes - Super Pearl - 7/32"Resin 1: Gulff Ambulance Resin 15 ml - Fl. OrangeResin 2: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Thick (1/2 oz)Resin 3: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - FlowMarker 1: Chartpak Fly Tying Markers - Sepia (Med. Brown)Marker 2: Chartpak Fly Tying Markers - Delta Brown (Dark Brown)Marker 3: Chartpak Fly Tying Markers - Goldenrod

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  • Streamer Fishing on the Provo River

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 7, 2019 | 21:51 pm

    Streamer Fishing on the Provo River That's Lance Egan Right There, and He's Fishing StreamersYeah...  Water was up really high for the Provo (about 1,100 CFS) but we decided to float it anyway.  Tim Meikle and Travis Ruiz floated alongside Lance and Cheech on this rather quick float.  We found that the fish really were active on smaller patterns like the Big Junk, but there were some that were still dumb enough to eat the big ones.  Check out the tutorial for the Big Junk (HERE)

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  • Brook Trout on Chironomids

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 6, 2019 | 20:39 pm

    Brook Trout on Chironomids Midge Tip Line SetupWe've previously featured one of our favorite types of fly lines -- the midge tip (or emerger tip as Scientific Anglers formerly called it) -- and here's a video that dials in a bit on how to reach fish holding a bit deeper and focusing on chironomids closer to the bottom.The setup is pretty straightforward. We have a 6 wt 10' rod with a midge tip line. From there, you tie your own leader with this formula:Line: Scientific Anglers Midge Tip, 6wt.Nail Knot from fly line to 18" of 20lb Fluoro.Blood knot to 18" of 15lb FluoroTippet ring with clinch knots5' of 3x or 4x fluoro tippetTriple Surgeon's knot to 5' of 3x or 4x fluoro tippet (leaving dropper tag)If you get the hang of casting this rig with two flies, you can tie another 5' section and make it three flies. Takes some casting practice.Flies from this video:Pert Near Pupa (gold holographic). Gray Boy Buzzer (add a bead)Silver Lancer (aka Chironomid Frenchie)And here's the video:

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  • Lance's Sexy Walt's Worm Variation

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jul 2, 2019 | 09:33 am

    Lance's Sexy Walt's Worm Variation A Killer Euro NymphWalt’s worms (not a worm pattern) have been staples in many competitive anglers boxes for years. For whatever reason (I believe it’s lack of confidence in the pattern), I haven’t been able to catch any fish on Walt’s worms. I’ve tried so many variations that it’s now a running joke between me and a few fishing friends. They catch on Walt’s, I don’t. And so it goes... until this variation.For reasons unknown, I have finally caught fish on a Walt’s worm variation. This particular mix of dubbing, thread, ribbing and bead has been very effective for me the last few months. I doubt other variations will suddenly start working for me but this version is solid. So, whether you’re like me and haven’t caught anything on Walt’s, or you’re a seasoned Walt’s worm veteran, give this mix a try. I think your fish will like it.You can see both the tying tutorial video and also how to fish the Sexy Walt's variation below. Make sure to watch them both!Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                      Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 14Bead Option 1: Hanak Round+[…]

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  • Soft Hackle X Caddis

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 26, 2019 | 19:38 pm

    Soft Hackle X Caddis Add Extra Bugginess to a KillerThe X Caddis is already a staple in most of our caddis boxes due to it's simple design and maximum effectiveness.  In my opinion, there is something to be said about appendages on a caddis pattern that really make them appealing to the trout, so I decided to add a little bit of bugginess to the X Caddis.  Adding a simple soft hackle under the wing is really simple and can be done with a variety of soft hackle materials, but the dark brown dun hen cape that I use is really hard to beat because it's brown on one side and gray on the other (kind of covering the caddis bases...)  Anyway, this fly it super simple to tie, and can add some leggy action to an already effective pattern! Material List Add to Cart   View in store                              Hook: TMC 100 Dry Fly Hook - 14 - 25 PackThread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - TanBody: TroutHunter Dry Fly Dubbing - Dark HoneyTail: Bett's Z-Lon - Standard - GingerHackle: Whiting Hebert Miner Hen Cape - Dark Brown DunWing: Nature's Spirit Select Cow Elk - Natural

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  • Zebra Bomb - Jig

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 25, 2019 | 15:44 pm

    Zebra Bomb - Jig You Need Deep?  We Have Deep.Depth is key in Euro nymphing...  Easy enough right?  Well, I know that I fall into this category at times, but how many of us kind of stop thinking about what our fly is doing once it breaks through the surface?  You know that your fly is sinking, but how fast? What is the overall depth of your rig?  How do you decide where to put your heaviest fly on your rig?  These are all questions that you should have in the back of your head to make sure you are at the correct depth for feeding fish to eat your fly.  One way to make sure you can vary the depth of your rig is to tie the same fly with various bead sizes.  This is a huge advantage that a fly tyer has over the angler who only buys flies because factory flies usually only come with one bead size, and chances are that it's way too small for swift western rivers.  I learned this from Lance Egan a while back, but it really came to light when he savagely tied on a size 16 Perdigon with a 4mm bead a few weeks[…]

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  • Red Neck Midge

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 24, 2019 | 09:22 am

    Red Neck Midge Red Necks Catch More FishUnfortunately this isn't one of Uncle Ken's famous flybugs, but it's one that you should have in your box from size 20 for tailwater fish to 12 for lake chironomids.  This is a Fulling Mill Pattern that has been a top seller in our shop for the past few years.  The best part is that you can play with colors and tie several dozen in short order.See recipe below or buy the finished fly (HERE) Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                       Hook: Daiichi 1120 - Heavy Wire Scud Hook - 18Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - BlackThread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - TanBead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Black Nickel - 5/64" (2.0mm)Rib: Body & Rib Tubing - Brown - Micro (small)Flash: Veevus Holographic Tinsel - Red - SmallFlash: Mirage Tinsel - Opal - MediumResin: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Flow

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  • The Best Fly Tying Scissors?

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 17, 2019 | 17:40 pm

    The Best Fly Tying Scissors? Is there such a thing??Scissor ReviewsYou'll need to watch the video to get the answer but "no", the answer is "no". Either way, I review a number of our more popular scissor models and brands. Everyone has their favorites and I'll cover a few things you'll want to remember as you select your next pair of fancy cuttin' tools!Here's a few of the ones we featured:Loon Razor ScissorsDr. Slick Razor ScissorsRising Razor Scissors (Rattle Bass Fangs)Dr. Slick All Purpose ScissorsDr. Slick Micro-Tip ScissorsLoon All Purpose ScissorsTiemco Tungsten ScissorsRenzetti Short Blade ScissorsDr. Slick Tungsten ScissorsTiemco Deer Hair Fine ScissorsTiemco Razor Scissors

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  • Big Cutthroat on Streamers - Strawberry Reservoir Utah

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jun 12, 2019 | 22:16 pm

    Big Cutthroat on Streamers - Strawberry Reservoir Utah Returning to the Scene of the CrimeWe have no shame about our love for throwing flies for aggressive cutts that aren't very intelligent.  Strawberry Reservoir is such a diverse fishery that you can use a variety of different techniques in different types of water.  Right now, we are getting more and more dialed in to fishing shorelines with baitfish patterns.  Even though it seems like a new puzzle every time out, at least we have a good foundation of techniques that have worked recently.  This video shows two trips combined into one: the first one is from Josh (AKA Kilo J) and I, and the other one is from Curtis and I...  Both great trips... Both ended in crazy hailstorms.Also, the main flies that worked for us in this video were the following:Baby Fat Minnow (Learn how to tie it)Articulated Trout Slider (Learn how to tie it)Rattle Chub (Coming soon)

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