Author Archives: Marshall Cutchin

Violations of the IFPA’s New Rule on Fly-Name Obscenity Rile Tiers and Industry Leaders

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The seven new flies named in the IFPA’s new voluntary ban are: the Ass-Gasket Emerger, the Dry Humpy, the BarackO’Rocket (steelhead fly), the Gonaddler Minnow, Jock Scott’s Jock (salmon fly), the Naked Lunch (a bonefish pattern), and Don’s Dingus Popper. … more

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Get Wild . . . On the Rocks! with Orvis’s New Battenkill Gin

“Orvis is proud to introduce—in collaboration with Vermont’s own Caledonia Spirits, makers of Barr Hill Gin—a revolutionary new option for lovers of the juniper berry. There has simply never been a spirit like Battenkill Gin, which offers a taste experience … more

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How to Tie a Top Secret Midge

Tim Flagler shows how to tie a Top Secret Midge, a pattern authored by Colorado’s Pat Dorsey, in this week’s featured tying video.  “I believe the Top Secret Midge was originally intended for western tailwaters but it works seriously well here …

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How to Tie an Off the Hook Sucker Spawn

This week’s featured pattern in our tying instructional video is called the “Off the Hook Sucker Spawn” by author Tim Flagler.  Sucker spawn, notes Flagler, are “an easy, early season high protein meal. At this time of year, it’s a good …

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How to Tie a Kinder, Gentler Mop Fly

Tim Flagler perfects his imitation of a cranefly larva with what he calls a Kinder, Gentler Mop Fly. It’s a fun pattern to tie, and Tim shows off some pretty fancy thread work, including tips on how to split thread to …

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How to Tie a Get Down Pat’s

The Get It Down Pat’s is the subject of this week’s featured tying video. Tier and videographer Tim Flagler notes that it is “really nothing more than a Pat’s Rubber Legs tied on a jig hook. A weighty little beast, …

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How to Tie Ken’s Crystal Worm

Tim Flagler ties Ken Walrath’s Crystal Worm in this week’s featured tying video. “I think it’s the little bit of mottling and shimmer that together make this pattern look so lifelike,” notes Flagler.

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How to Tie Peter Koga’s Hula Charlie

Peter Koga’s Hula Charlie, tied by Koga himself, is the featured pattern in Tim Flagler’s instructional tying video this week.  The Hula Charlie borrows some elements from Lester Matsumoto’s Magic Charlie but stays true to one of the great classics in …

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How to Tie a Navy Diver

The secret of the Navy Diver nymph, says Tim Flagler, may be its dark blue color, which works especially well in winter.  “Although they can be tied in a variety of sizes, I like them fairly small, so here I’m …

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How to Tie Koga’s Bonefish Shrimp

Tim Flagler demonstrates the steps for tying Peter Koga’s Bonefish Shrimp in this week’s featured tying video.  “A gifted tier, he’s a fixture at fly fishing and tying shows throughout the country, yet still manages to regularly sneak off to …

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