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  • The Fly Fishing Show -- DENVER

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Jan 8, 2019 | 21:28 pm

    The Fly Fishing Show -- DENVER The Fly Fishing ShowWe were able to get over to the Denver Fly Fishing Show last weekend and snapped a few videos with some of our partners and friends.As usual, we focused more on tying and visiting than filming, but here you go anyway...

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  • Midnight Fire Balanced Leech

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 24, 2018 | 11:34 am

    Midnight Fire Balanced Leech Killer Color ComboMidnight Fire Balanced DamselLeeches come in all sorts of colors and variations within colors, so it's never a bad thing to cover a lot of color bases when you're tying leeches. The Midnight Fire color scheme is one of my favorites that covers a good range of leech colors and the fish seem to really love.Originally shown to me as a chenille color by my late friend Dennis Brakke, I tend to have more midnight fire style leeches and buggers in my boxes than a lot of other mixes. And thanks to our buddy John Rohmer, the dubbing jam master himself, we've got a few dubbing mixes now that feature this color combo.So, as similar to one of my other favorite Midnight Fire patterns we did here, this one is tied balanced style but has a dual color tail with a collar from a recent squirrel mix we did. It's a fun tie, so give it a try.Note that while I use the awesome squirrel dub mix from a previous video, you can also use straight diamond dub in Blood Leech if you prefer. I still like the color, flash and texture variation of squirrel but you'll be[…]

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  • Squirrel Nugget

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 23, 2018 | 17:55 pm

    Squirrel Nugget Because Good Enough...  Really Is!In the search for a fly that hits the "bare minimum" standards of being a fly but it still catches fish, this one ranks about a 9/10.  Two materials and a dollop of resin and you are off fishing.  I have tied this fly in a wide range of colors and even with a lead under body or a tungsten bead in the thorax.  I have been on such a squirrel kick lately, I wanted to find a fly that I could tie mostly out of squirrel, but that had some good overall shape and texture.  This will be all over in my stillwater boxes, and I plan on using it a lot as a dropper on a midge tip rig.  Other colors to try are olive, claret, purple, and black!  Have fun tying them and get them wet!!~ CheechMaterial List Add to Cart   View in store                                        Hook: Firehole Sticks 633 Nymph & Wet - 14Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - CamelTail: Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs - Medium PardoDub 1: Natural Furs Dubbing - Gray SquirrelDub 2: Ice Dub - UV BrownDub 3: Ice Dub -[…]

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  • Squirrel Damsel Nymph

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 23, 2018 | 13:35 pm

    Squirrel Damsel Nymph Buggy and Super SlimWhen it comes to cruising fish that are feeding during a heavy damsel hatch, thin is the name of the game.  Curtis and I were fishing a good damsel hatch this summer, and we watched big fish after big fish come up to our flies only to window shop them and turn away.  We learned the hard way that our flies were probably too thick and they didn't have enough movement.  Singe that trip, I have racked my brain and I've come up with lots of different variations that are anywhere from really complicated to super simple.  This fly is kind of in-between and has just enough buggy properties and a long wiggly tail.  This one is completely weightless, and is designed to be fished near the top of the water column, and it can also be tied in darker olive and tan.  Best of all is that it's just simple enough to crank out several dozen before your next trip!~ Cheech Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                                  Hook: Firehole Sticks 633 Nymph - 12Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - RedEyes: Maxima Chameleon Leader Material[…]

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  • Easy Water Boatman Fly Pattern

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 21, 2018 | 14:28 pm

    Easy Water Boatman Fly Pattern Stillwater BugA chunky Water Boatman eater.If you've got Water Boatmen zipping around the weeds in your local stillwater, this is a pattern to throw in your box. Or if you're like a lot of fly fishers out there and haven't really tried targeting fish feeding on these little buggers, you're in for a treat.There are a couple of lakes we fish quite a bit and they're both loaded with Water Boatman. While the fish aren't always keying on them, I've found this pattern to almost always produce a few fish.One key to tying Boatmen would be to match the size and color to your local waters. I use Black Thin skin on this pattern but you'll see them come in a variety of colors, so just match the Thin Skin as closely as you can to the naturals.As for fishing it, you'll need to find where fish are feeding and select the proper line type for the depth and conditions. I usually use a midge tip, intermediate or even type III full sink if I need to get deeper. I also like to vary the retrieve from smoother hand strips to more erratic line wiggles and quicker jerks in order[…]

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  • Mini Squirrel Leech

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 20, 2018 | 17:23 pm

    Mini Squirrel Leech Small Package, BIG PunchIn today's climate of 12" flies and heavy fly rods, we might need to remind ourselves that fish eat the moderate to small stuff a lot too.  I actually get asked a lot about which "streamers" I fish in lakes, but the answer is always a little cloudy in regards to "streamers" that I fish in lakes.  Yes, I tie lots of weighted monstrosities that I huck with a 7 weight, but I find myself fishing smaller and smaller bugs in stillwaters.  If you were to look in my stillwater boxes you would see that the majority of my flies are size 6 and under - even with my collection of buggers, bugger variations, and leeches.  Regarding leeches, I like to tie them lots of times without any hackle in order to keep their natural slim appearance, and that is one of the main reasons I started playing with this pattern.  For this leech I opted for a shorter shank hook so I could add a longer marabou tail without making the overall fly too long, and I blended up a whole bunch of cool dubbing mixes out of Squirrel...  As you will see, I didn't use[…]

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  • Humongous Blank Saver

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 19, 2018 | 17:17 pm

    Humongous Blank Saver Stillwater Hybrid KillerBlank Saver - Typically a fly that has a black body, long marabou tail, and a yellow/chartreuse bead.  Humongous - Typically a fly that has a long tail, lots of metallic flash, and an oversized hackle.Both the blank saver and humongous have been absolute killers for us on lakes, so it was natural to try to merge the two flies into one.  I only tied these in one color combo, and my development didn't really progress from there - because it worked.  In fact it killed!  I subbed the black of the blank saver for olive, and the chenille body was changed for olive brown ice dub.  I also used the new Bonio Carp hook from Fulling Mill that I also used on the Baby Fat Minnow due to it having a short shank and a wicked sharp point!  Tie them up and get them wet!!~Cheech Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                             Hook: Fulling Mill Bonio Barbless Carp Hook - 8Weight: Lead Wire Spool - .020Thread: UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier - Fl. ChartreuseBead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Fl. Chartreuse - 5/32" (3.8mm)Tail: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou -[…]

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  • Henry's Fork Caddis

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 18, 2018 | 21:28 pm

    Henry's Fork Caddis A Midsummer Night's DreamHenry's Fork CaddisSo Brandon (aka Feather Flinger) ties up one of his favorite caddis patterns and a popular one at that: The Henry's Fork Caddis.While Brandon uses some sprechly Speckled Badger hackle, we recommend the much-easier-to-get Hebert Miner in Light Tan DunThis caddis floats flush on the water and has a great silhouette. Plus, with the super-floaty CDC from Henry's Fork Trout Hunter gang, this one's a winner!Give it a try...Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                                Hook: TMC Tiemco 102Y Dry Hook - 13Hook Option 1: Daiichi 1180 - Standard Dry Fly Hook - 14Thread: Veevus Fly Tying Thread - Dark Tan - 16/0Tail/Ribbing: Midge Flash - RootbeerBody: TroutHunter Professional Dubbing for Emergers & Nymphs - RustThorax: Strung Peacock HerlUnder Wing: TroutHunter Premium CDC - Caddis DunOver Wing: Hareline #1 Hungarian Partridge Skin NaturalOver Wing (option): Hungarian Partridge Feathers - NaturalHackle: Whiting Hebert Miner Hackle Cape - Bronze - Light Tan DunOther tools from the tutorial:Hackle Pliers:C&F Design Hackle Pliers

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  • Egan's Corn-Fed Sally

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 17, 2018 | 20:05 pm

    Egan's Corn-Fed Sally Yellow Sally SuperstarCDC and stoneflies, they go together like lamb and tuna fish, right? Well, maybe not, but most stones are quite large in relation to other commonly imitated aquatic insects. Yellow Sallies however, are small as stoneflies go. Sallies often hatch in large numbers, and in my experience accompany more selective rising fish than their larger cousins. Trout are more likely to blow up on a large Salmonfly or Golden stonefly imitation, but tend to exhibit a more careful, less aggressive take when eating yellow Sallies.With that in mind, I set out to create a pattern quite different than a yellow stimulator or typical foam/elk hair style heavily dressed stonefly imitation. Enter the Corn-Fed Sally. Similar in design to the Corn-Fed Caddis, seen here, this Sally uses CDC, which is as close to magic as duck feathers get. Tie a few, and try them on your local waters.I hope the Corn-Fed Sally provides summer fun you won’t soon forget. Happy angling!Material List Add to Cart   View in store                             Hook: TMC 100 Dry Fly Hook - 14 - 25 PackThread: MFC Premium Fly Tying Thread - Cream - 6/0Hot Spot, Ribbing: Glo-Brite Floss -[…]

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  • GT Triple Double

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 16, 2018 | 19:21 pm

    GT Triple Double The Swiss Army Knife of Dry FliesIf you have fished the Green River in Utah very much, this fly is king...  The end.  Not really the end, but this simple fly is one that I really didn't fish very much until recently, and now I have several rows of them in my dry fly box.  Designed by Green River guide Gordon Tharrett, I imagine that he wanted to come up with a simple fly that could cover a wide spectrum of hatches, and it does just that.  Last summer we were floating the Green River during a pretty intense caddis hatch, and it actually outperformed lots of my flies that (i thought) matched the hatch much better.  The GT Triple Double accounted for just as many fish as other patterns on that caddis hatch float, and they were the first flies that I tied the next day at the bench.  Long story short, tie a bunch of these in varied colors and sizes and fill up a box!!~ Cheech Material List Add to Cart   View in store                    Hook: Daiichi 1180 - Standard Dry Fly Hook - 14Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Wood DuckHackle: Whiting Rooster Dry[…]

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