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  • Custom Barred Rubber Legs

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 21, 2018 | 22:16 pm

    Custom Barred Rubber Legs Don't Skip Leg DayThis technique started because I was throwing about any conceivable color of rubber leg on the Grumpy Frumpy...  I got a huge order one time, and I realized that I was taking a lot of time individually barring each leg after the fly was completed.  This doesn't deserve a huge write up, so I'll keep it brief.  It can be done with any stretchy material like spanflex (and it's many substitutes), round rubber, and even tubing.  Get those markers out and crank out some juicy legs. Buy Spanflex Buy Round Rubber~ Cheech

  • Pert Near Chironomid Pupa

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 18, 2018 | 21:33 pm

    Pert Near Chironomid Pupa When Fish Get PickyPert Near PupaOver the past number of years, I've found more and more that while I start off fishing the biggest size chironomids (or midges in rivers) that I can get away with, I often end up needing to fish smaller patterns when the fish get picky. I'll see fish pick out the smaller sized midges and chironomids over their larger cousins -- even when both are present in abundance.So in order to cover the bases for these types of situations, I usually find I size down a bit and dial in the "match the hatch" realism on the patterns I'm throwing. I call this the Pert Near Pupa but it's a relatively general style of chironomid pattern tied and used by people around the world. I just like to tie this one with the new Hemingway synthetic quill for some extra durability and pizzazz.The nice thing, it's a quick tie and can catch fish in both stillwaters and rivers. Just size up or down and change colors as needed.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                       Hook: Hanak H 333 BL Czech Nymph Hook - 16Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge -[…]

  • Casey's Calf Body Parachute

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 14, 2018 | 22:39 pm

    Casey's Calf Body Parachute Calf Body Hair WorkoutCasey's Calf Body ParachuteIf you're familiar with Calf body hair, you know that it can sometimes be squirrelly to work with. It's a fairly slick material and can be tough to get the thread to "bite". Plus, if you don't start off with a good patch of hair, the issues start to stack up from there. In this tutorial from our buddy Casey Thompson, he'll show you some tricks to getting a clean calf body hair post coupled with our favorite way to tie in a parachute.Note that in this tutorial, while Casey uses a silver badger hackle, we tend to recommend a more readily available color, such as the superb light tan dun, as listed below.Anyway, this is a great pattern to practice your parachute technique as well as the use of calf body.Give it a go!Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                  Hook: Hanak H 130 BL Dry Fly Hook - 12Thread: Veevus GSP - White - 30 DenierTail: Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs - Medium PardoBody: Beaver Plus Dubbing - Light BrownRibbing: Flashabou - Original - 6905 - PearlPost: Calf Body Hair - WhiteHackle: Whiting Hebert[…]

  • Better Baetis

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 12, 2018 | 10:04 am

    Better Baetis Step Outside the Baetis BoxWhen I first started getting serious about tying and fishing I had a group of buddies that would get together every once in a while to tie flies and compare notes.  Some of the patterns that we would tie still are in my box to this day, and they still catch fish just like they did 15 years ago.  One of the patterns that I learned was designed by Jake Ricks, and it's called the Better Baetis.  Jake has been fishing since he was a kid, and has guided lots of less skilled anglers into fish over the years.  I always listen when seasoned guides talk about the flies that they use regularly because it's probably really effective, not too complicated to tie, and super durable.  This is the case with Jake's fly.  Pay attention to the unique tail that isn't necessarily an exact match of a mayfly, but it gives a slightly different silhouette in the water that you probably won't find in a store bought fly.  It's also tied on a big eye hook, and is almost all synthetic materials for maximum durability.  We used the very versatile light tan dun color of hackle[…]

  • Provo River Dry Flies

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 7, 2018 | 20:48 pm

    Provo River Dry Flies The Fly Craft with the float!We figured it's a good time to post a reminder of warmer days to come. Here's a quick compilation of a couple of floats on the Fly Craft from last summer.We were throwing mainly Bionic Ants and Palomino Caddis.

  • Callidrangus Callibaetis

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Mar 4, 2018 | 19:28 pm

    Callidrangus Callibaetis It's for your health!Big B is back with a pattern that he's well with over the past couple of years. We frequent a lot of water that is rich in Callibaetis mayflies and having effective and quickly tied imitations is an important factor. Plus a lot of the time we're throwing midge tip lines, which allows us to fish either weighted or unweighted patterns like this deep or shallow, depending on fly weight and leader setup.Purdy Brookie caught on the CallidrangusPlus, this bug uses some of Lance's UV Shrimp Pink mojo, which is a known fish catnip.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                            Hook: Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook - 14Thread: Veevus Fly Tying Thread - Dark Tan - 16/0Tail: Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails - NaturalBead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Copper - 7/64" (2.8mm)Rib: Sulky Metallic Tinsel - Gold (8007)Body: SLF Spikey Squirrel Dubbing - Natural GrayThorax: Ice Dub - UV BrownSoft Hackle: Whiting 4B Hen Cape - GreenwellHot Spot: Ice Dub - UV Shrimp PinkOther tools from the tutorial:     Stonfo Comb/Brush ToolTiemco TMC Ceramic Bobbin (Std)C&F Design Hackle Pliers

  • Demystifying Hackle Grading

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 28, 2018 | 12:31 pm

    Demystifying Hackle Grading What do Whiting hackle grades mean?A Bronze Grade Whiting CapeBesides the differences between saddles and capes (necks), one of the most common questions we get is what do the various hackle grades mean.First off, we're referring only to Whiting Farms hackle products here. We make no inferences or assumptions about other hackle producers relative to their grading methods other than to say it likely does not follow the same standards that Whiting follows. Neither good nor bad, but important to note that you can't necessarily compare a #1 grade hackle from Company "A" against say a Gold hackle product from Whiting by the grade designation alone.However, we can (and do) make comparisons between other hackle companies' products and Whiting products in both feather length and density -- which directly plays into the value you get. This value is the number of flies you can tie per dollar spent. Our research shows that Whiting doesn't have much competition in that arena. Check out the hackle throw down we did a few years ago.Anyway, the biggest takeaway from this little video is that your Pro, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum grades really boil down to the number of flies you can tie.[…]

  • Pheasant Tail X-Caddis

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 25, 2018 | 18:33 pm

    Pheasant Tail X-Caddis A Pheasantly pleasing X-CaddisDelicious PT X-CaddisPete Steen returns for the final caddis in this current series (I'm sure there will be more, so no worries there).Couple of things here: First off, the X-Caddis is a must-have pattern when it comes to caddis imitations. Secondly, pheasant tail on any pattern is like the secret sauce that fish can't resist. It's akin to Cheech and cotton candy as gas stations:  don't necessarily need it but it's pretty and so so tasty. Nom nom.Anyhoo...enjoy this one!!!Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                Hook: Fulling Mill 35050 Ultimate Dry Fly Hook, Barbless - 14Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Dark BrownShuck: Sparkle Emerger Yarn - TanThorax: Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Cinnamon CaddisBody: Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails - NaturalRibbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Gold - X-SmallWing: Nature's Spirit Select Cow Elk - NaturalOther tools from the tutorial:   Stonfo Comb/Brush ToolRenzetti Standard Hair StackerStonfo Thread Splitter

  • CDC Biot Caddis

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 21, 2018 | 10:31 am

    CDC Biot Caddis Full of Floaty GoodnessBiot Body CDC CaddisOur resident caddis guru Pete Steen, steps in to tie us up another nice caddis pattern. Going with a delicate but floatatious bunch of CDC for the wing, this is a great caddis dry fly imitation.The pattern is lightweight and floats like a charm, so make sure to use a good lighter wire dry fly hook.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                                  Hook: Firehole Sticks 419 Dry Fly - 12Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Wood DuckBody: Nature's Spirit Stripped Wild Turkey Barred Biots - Brown OliveThorax: Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Cinnamon CaddisWing: Nature's Spirit CDC - BrownHackle: Whiting Hebert Miner Full Saddle - Bronze - Medium Brown Dun: Whiting Hebert Miner 1/2 Saddle - Bronze - Medium Gray Dun: Whiting Hebert Miner Full Saddle - Pro - Medium Gray Dun: Whiting Rooster Dry Fly Cape - Bronze - Medium Gray Dun: Whiting Rooster Dry Fly - 1/2 Saddle - Bronze - Medium Dyed DunOther tools from the tutorial:    Tiemco Hackle Pliers - StandardFly Tyer's Z-Ment

  • Mommy, where does hackle come from?

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Feb 14, 2018 | 11:27 am

    Mommy, where does hackle come from? From Egg to SaleHackle chicks busting out of eggsThis post is a long time in the making. From the first time we visited Whiting Farms, we both have been in awe about how much time, effort and brainpower goes into getting us the hackle we know and love. So on our last trip out, we took the time to go through the entire process of getting hackle from conception to shipping.Hopefully, this is a good explanation or at least a glimpse into the magic that is chicken genius, Dr. Tom Whiting and his marvelous Whiting Farms.


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