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  • Fly Photography Primer

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Dec 14, 2017 | 10:08 am

    Fly Photography Primer Get the most out of your fly photosFly Photography SetupsOne of the more common questions we get asked is "What do you use to take your photos?". So we finally took the time to film a somewhat in-depth explanation of what we do and how you can make your photos better.The biggest take-away is to use the tools that suit you best and suit your budget. Combine that with some of these simple techniques we review here and even the photos you take with your phone will turn out better.Although I review all of this in the video, here's a quick run-down of what's covered:LightingMinimizing camera movementBackgrounds and surfacesCompositionCamera settingsDifference between macro lenses and phonesHow to shoot flies on a budgetIf you have questions, post on the video or post them below. Enjoy!

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  • Product Review: TyWheel Fly Tying Platform

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Nov 15, 2017 | 21:26 pm

    Product Review: TyWheel Fly Tying Platform A Compact Tool/Material CaddyTyWheel ReviewI'll leave the talking to my wordy review in the video but in a nutshell, it's a great addition to my bench. If you're wanting to check them out, click here to see the different options.

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  • High Carb Minnow

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Nov 12, 2017 | 19:48 pm

    High Carb Minnow Low Fat Gets a BrotherWhen I started playing with the Low Fat Minnow years ago, I wanted a suspending fly that I could fish sinking line so I could move it fairly slowly through the strike zone, and it performed (and still does) as a member of the starting team in my fly boxes.  As I fished it more and more, I realized that I'd also like a fly that had really good jigging action to match an injured baitfish, and also so I could fish it in smaller rivers where I fish with a floating line.  The weighting system on this fly was simplified to a tungsten cone because I'm able to add a lot of weight without a lot of bulk, and it also helps shape the head of the fly with the cone shape.A few other things that I have changed with this fly vs other minnow patterns.  The hook.  We worked with Fulling Mill to help develop the Streamer Stripper hook, and it's sticky sticky sharp.  I still like the Gamakatsu B10S and the Daiichi 3111 (Both can be used on this fly) but the streamer stripper hook is teflon coated, and plain hooks up with[…]

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  • Midnight Fire Balanced Blank Saver

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Nov 6, 2017 | 15:34 pm

    Midnight Fire Balanced Blank Saver A Mini-Bugger Type DealA Cutthroat who ate a Blank SaverSeems the past couple of seasons, when I'm not fishing the smaller hatch-matching bugs on stillwaters, I've been reaching for this bugger-variant known as a Blank Saver. This is just a variation I've had good success with but the Blank Saver pattern itself is known by the chartreuse bead and black body. I throw in some midnight fire colors, make it a balanced fly and find this to be one of my go-to patterns as of late.I've been fishing this typically on the point of a team of two or three flies. The best success has been with a midge tip line from Rio, but you could just as well fish it on intermediate or full sink lines too.You can also catch one of our recent vlogs where you can see the fly in action (see below)...Blank Saver - Midnight FireMaterial List Add to Cart   View in store                                          Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 12Thread: UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier - BlackBead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Fl. Chartreuse - 7/64" (2.8mm)Tail 1: Nature's Spirit Strung Marabou - BlackTail 2: Flashabou -[…]

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  • 20 Incher Stone

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Nov 1, 2017 | 10:21 am

    20 Incher Stone A Classic Fish CatcherOriginal and Dat PurpThe 20 Incher stone has been in fly bins for a long long time, and there is a good reason for it...  They flat out catch fish.  Tied with materials that are readily available from most fly shops and perhaps from your own desk, this fly follows basic tying techniques, and really isn't hard to get to look like you have been tying them for years.  In this video, we'll show you how to select the peacock fibers, create a proper taper, and add a nice touch to the thorax so the fly has a flat profile like a stonefly.  We typically fish these in size 8-12 as a stonefly imitation, but they also work really well as a general attractor nymph or a heavy anchor fly on a euro nymphing rig.  One of the best parts is that you can now tie this fly in a huge variety of colors due to the availability of dyed natural materials these days.  For my basic 20 inchers, I choose to use turkey tails that my buddy Chad shot, squirrel that wild man Mason shot, and feathers from my aunt's now deceased pet peacock Fernando.~ Cheech[…]

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  • Minnow Battle: Low Fat vs High Carb

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 30, 2017 | 17:25 pm

    Minnow Battle: Low Fat vs High Carb We've got a new minnow in the works!Strawberry Reservoir CutthroatBased on the success of the Low Fat Minnow, Cheech has been tweaking and improving it over time as well as looking at variations that might have new applications and uses.We took a couple of the prototypes out to Strawberry Reservoir in Utah for a field test to see how one of the new ones -- the High Carb minnow -- fared against its older brother. Here are the results...

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  • Last Day on the Mountain

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 24, 2017 | 22:42 pm

    Last Day on the Mountain Squeezing in one more day in the high countrySome better-than-expected fall weather had us heading one last time to the high country. This time, we're in search of big tigers and maybe some big brookies (what's new there?).In light of the spectacular weather, the fishing was hot and cold but we ended the day getting into good numbers of fish.Lesson learned: Always bring a midge tip line and don't be afraid to fish dry/dropper at any time anywhere.

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  • Ditching Work to Visit the Shop Browns

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 18, 2017 | 09:23 am

    Ditching Work to Visit the Shop Browns A QUICK TRIPLance releases a "Shop Brown"For anyone that knows our fly shop and where it's located compared to the local Provo River, knows that we are lucky enough to be fishing within a few minutes from leaving the doors of the shop.So we took off from work a few days ago to pay a visit to a few of these "Shop Browns". And with Lance tossing his fancy Euro rig, it didn't take long to connect...Oh, and if you're wondering what patterns were working, you can also see those in the video. But here's a link to the Squirmy worm style pattern that stood out.

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  • Palomino October Caddis

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 15, 2017 | 22:23 pm

    Palomino October Caddis Another Flavor of the PalominoWhen it comes to dry flies, I caught more fish on the trusty Palomino Caddis than any other dry fly this year. So it makes sense that, when faced with some big sedge-eating Cutthroats, I would tweak the original formula and turn it into an October Caddis version.Materials are pretty much the same, but in the colors below. I'm also just reposting the latest version of the tutorial we did because the pattern is the same -- just check out the material variations below....A Fall Cutthroat who liked October CaddisMaterial List Add to Cart   View in store                                 Hook: Daiichi 1130 - Light Wire Scud Hook - 10Thread: 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - Rusty BrownUnder-Body: Mirage Tinsel - Opal - MediumBody: Ultra Chenille - Burnt OrangeUnder-Wing: Polish CDC - OrangeWing: Nature's Spirit Stimulator Deer Hair - GoldDubbing: Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Rusty BrownOther tools from the tutorial:  Renzetti Standard Hair StackerTiemco Dual Whip Finisher

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  • The Cold Hunt for Trophy Grayling

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 11, 2017 | 10:47 am

    The Cold Hunt for Trophy Grayling Low (temps) and SlowA nice Grayling (Feather_Flinger on the stick)We fish a lot of lakes that change from year to year. Whether it's water levels, winter fish kill or other factors, we usually keep close tabs on lakes and do re-con trips to see how things are progressing. So when we have the opportunity to fish one of our nemesis lakes that had been putting out some good (like really good) sized Grayling -- and some decent Brookies -- we packed the boats and headed out.It didn't go so well. But then, it did.

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