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  • Squirracell - Duracell Variation

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Nov 13, 2018 | 20:56 pm

    Squirracell - Duracell Variation Spark Up Your Nymph GameIt's no secret that the Duracell nymph is one of the most effective patterns in our arsenal.  We have been fishing this pattern since we contracted with Fulling Mill a few years back, and it has been a big part of our nymph boxes.  I will say this...  The Duracell is a a great design that really needs no improvements at all, but since I started playing with really sparse collars of squirrel I had to see how it would look on a Duracell nymph.  The other thing that I really like about the squirrel collar is that you don't have to hunt for that perfect piece of CDC to either palmer it, or use the magic tool with it.  You can also use this collar technique with a wide range of other fly patterns.  I also decided to use Coq de Leon dyed red for the tail on this fly for no reason other than the fact that it looked really cool (And maybe that our top selling nymph pattern in the shop is a Red Dart.)It's also a great time to introduce the Whiting Coq de Leon Versa Pack which contains 4 1/2 capes[…]

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  • Funky Flex

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Nov 7, 2018 | 21:14 pm

    Funky Flex I love me some jig hooks. They have quickly become my go-to hook on any nymph pattern (and much more). When I'm showing off jig hooks to customers at the shop many people, in tailwater Utah, have a difficult time with the smallest options being a #16 in many models. While I'm of the opinion you don't really need to go smaller than that I've become a big fan of the Dohiku jig hooks in sizes 18 and 20. These hooks are the perfect platform for my Funky Flex pattern that is a super quick sinking nymph pattern suggesting a baetis nymph.  I've had a ton of luck on this pattern fishing European style methods as well as just a dropper below my favorite hopper patterns. I think you should tie some up and try them out! They are one of my confidence patterns and don't forget to try the purple version 😉If you don't tie you can snag some on my website featherflinger.com-Brandon aka Big B aka Feather FlingerMaterial List Add to Cart   View in store                                   Hook: Dohiku Hooks HDJ Jig - 18Bead: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Brown OliveBead: Hareline Slotted[…]

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  • Iris Caddis Variation

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Nov 4, 2018 | 20:16 pm

    Iris Caddis Variation Fish the Film!Many years ago when I decided to up my game from just staring at indicators all day, I was intrigued by the caddis hatch and the many differences that it brings from the lob and watch bobber techniques that I was used to.  I began to tie and research patterns to be able to target the hyper aggressive fish I'd see right at dusk on my local river, and one pattern seemed to come up more than others, and it was the Iris Caddis.  Developed by Blue Ribbon Flies, the original relies on z-lon fibers for the tail and wing, and a synthetic/natural blend for the body and thorax. Due to my recent addiction to squirrel for tying, I started to tie the iris caddis with dubbed squirrel for the body, and a squirrel hackle for the thorax.  Needless to say, this fly is very effective, and I found that in faster water I will fish it behind a more visible pattern like the Palomino Caddis.  Happy Tying!~CheechMaterial List Add to Cart   View in store                         Hook: Daiichi 1180 - Standard Dry Fly Hook - 14Shuck: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Wood DuckShuck: Sparkle Emerger[…]

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  • Baby Fat Minnow

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Nov 1, 2018 | 15:54 pm

    Baby Fat Minnow Small Size, Big EatsFull disclosure...  We are on a baby fly kick lately.  Check out the Baby Complex Twist Bugger HERE.  Now... On to the Baby Fat Minnow.Have you ever had one of those days where you know you are fishing in the right place, the fish are active, the weather is perfect, but the fish just don't seem to like your fly pattern?  If you have ever fished a lake where you can sight fish to cruisers you get to see the whole thing unfold.  Cast out, fish appears out of nowhere and follows your fly, then he turns away.  You strip your fly and he comes right back and follows even closer this time but still turns away...  Yeah.  Stillwater trout can be real jerks sometimes.  Because they basically just swim and eat, they can afford to be more selective than river fish - mostly because they aren't burning calories in currents just to survive.  I could go on and one about this, but long story short, I wanted to create a fly that they wouldn't be able to give the ol' "looky Lou" anymore.  The Low Fat Minnow was born, and has been a very successful fly[…]

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  • Pat's Purple & Black Rubber Legs

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 24, 2018 | 22:17 pm

    Pat's Purple & Black Rubber Legs Purple Gets it DonePurple Pat's Rubber LegsWhile Lance's original variation of Pat's Rubber Legs stonefly was definitely one of the best-received tutorials in the last year, there's always room for other variations in different circumstances.One big change in this pattern vs the one we previously released is that the very-super-difficult-to-obtain Daiichi 1730 hooks have been subbed out for the newer U-Series hook from Umpqua that offers a similar bent shank.This style hooks helps the fly to ride hook point up and lessen the likelihood of snagging bottom.Anyway, if you haven't given this Pat's variation a try, this is a good one to start with. The purple and black has been a very good combo for us this year and believe it or not, when the big Pteronarcys Californica (salmon flies) show up, this color combo is one you don't want to miss. It's been a great one! Tie it and see...Material List Add to Cart   View in store                            Hook: Umpqua U106 Bent Shank Nymph Hook - 50 pack - 12Bead: UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier - PurpleBead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Jet Black - 5/32" (3.8mm)Weight: Lead Wire Spool - .020Tails/Legs: Barred Sexi Floss -[…]

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  • Deer Hair Frog Popper

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 16, 2018 | 21:50 pm

    Deer Hair Frog Popper A Jeff Creamer PatternSo this is the tutorial you want to watch if you're at all interested in learning how to master some killer deer hair skills. Jeff Creamer returns for what we consider a spectacular example of deer hair mastery. Not only is the hair work a work of art, Jeff takes care in all his patterns that the bugs will catch fish and not fall apart after a couple of nom-noms from a gnarly bass.We recommend watching the techniques and getting the right tools (i.e. packer, thread, good hair, good razors etc) and you'll find, with practice, you'll be on your way to good deer hair flies.Material List Add to Cart   View in store                                                 Hook: Firehole Sticks 811 Streamer Hook - 6Thread 2: 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed - GreenThread 2: Veevus GSP - White - 200 DenierHind Legs: Cohen's Frog Legs - MediumUnder Body: Nature's Spirit Deer Belly Hair - Fl. ChartreuseOver Body: Nature's Spirit Deer Belly Hair - OliveStripes/Barring: Nature's Spirit Deer Belly Hair - BlackPopper Face: Nature's Spirit Deer Belly Hair - OrangeBody Legs: Grizzly Flutter Legs - Black Barred Fl. Fire OrangeEyes: Fluorescent Fly Eyes -[…]

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  • Whiting Farms Rendevous Part Deux

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 14, 2018 | 16:52 pm

    Whiting Farms Rendevous Part Deux Feathers and FishWe took another trip to Delta Colorado to hang with the Whiting Farms Pro Staff and the fine folks at Whiting Farms. This time, Brandon and Lance tagged along and did a little fishing as they did a vlog takeover during our time in meetings with the Whiting Team.Check it out...

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  • Countach Nymph - Jig

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 10, 2018 | 22:11 pm

    Countach Nymph - Jig Join the Countach ClubI get it, not everybody can own a beautiful Lamborghini Countach with a V-12 engine... Not everyone can have Bum Equipment belly shirts, Reebok Pumps, and Girbeaud jeans.  What you can have, is the Countach Nymph.  This fly is kind of a joke between two of my buddies that I used to go to lunch with all the time until they very rudely quit their jobs and took their talents to south beach..  And by south beach, I mean Elko, NV...  Anyway, Scott and Clint, here is the fly that is named after our lunch buddy group called the Countach club. (If you want to join the Countach Club, email me for an application.)Aside from razzing my buddies, this fly has lots of really fishy characteristics, and can be fished in lots of situations.  I'm pretty sure you could tie squirrel dubbing and rubber legs on anything and it would fish.  I have also tied this fly with Arizona synthetic dub, and dark rabbit dub.  Just vary the colors and match your local bugs!  ~ Cheech Material List Add to Cart   View in store                              Hook: Firehole Sticks 516 Jig Hook - 10Bead:[…]

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  • Idaho Stank - Perdigon

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 7, 2018 | 22:14 pm

    Idaho Stank - Perdigon Get That Idaho Stank Off Your Fly!!I have been floating our local river quite a bit with my good buddy Tim Meikle, and we have a great time taking turns on the sticks, casting various rods, hucking dries and streamers, but mostly just enjoying being out there among the masses catching fish.  We razz each other the whole trip down the river about life jackets, casting into trees, missing fish, and mostly - where we are from.  He's from Idaho and I'm from Utah, and every time he'd go a stretch without a fish (which usually isn't too long,) I'd tell him that the Utah fish didn't eat his fly because it had "Idaho stank" on it...  Believe me, there is such a thing as Utah Stank as well, and a video may be forthcoming for that as well, but on this post we shall stick to the stank that cometh forth from the boot shaped state north of Utah.Tim had been fishing perdigons quite a bit, and I had just finished a euro box that had a whole bunch of them in it when we were both standing in the fly shop and we kind of verbally sketched out[…]

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  • Feathered Game Changer - Slider Version

    Fly Fish Food -- Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Oct 3, 2018 | 17:37 pm

    Feathered Game Changer - Slider Version Maximum Movement Meets Slider HeadThis fly really needs very little introduction, nor am I the creator of this concept.  Blane Chocklett is the godfather of jointed flies, and I first saw this demonstrated by Mike Schmidt, so kudos to them for sharing their ideas.  Those dudes know a thing or two about the big stuff.  What I decided to do is incorporate a very buggy color of hackle (Barred Dark Ginger) into a sculpin looking streamer that moves like crazy.  I also added a slider head because the deer hair really pushes water makes the fly wiggle and turn on the pause.  Keep in mind that you can tie these in about a billion color combos and sizes.  Tie them on your line with a loop knot, give it quick strips, and watch it dance in the water!~ CheechNOTE: You can either use the Gamakatsu B10S or the Fulling MIll Streamer Stripper hook for this fly.  You can also use either the barbed or non-barbed Carp Bonio hook for this fly.  I also just use a lighter color of Bruiser Blend Jr. like Cream, White, Tan, Gray, or Unicorn Mane for the beard on this fly.Material List Add to Cart[…]

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