Author Archives: Marshall Cutchin

How to Tie the Pearl Zonker

This week’s fly-tying video features the Pearl Zonker, just one of many possible variations of this venerable pattern.  Says tier and videographer Tim Flagler: “Think early season, high water, and maybe a sink-tip line… then hang on tight.”

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New Research Suggests Waders, Boots May Not Be Responsible for Didymo Outbreaks

A new study published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences suggests that didymo diatoms may already be present in most waters, and that climate change, not human transport, is the primary factor in “rock snot” outbreaks. According to study leader … more

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Stripping Peacock Quills

Tim Flagler offers directions for using simple household chemicals to strip peacock quills, a key component in many nymph patterns.   Along the way, he offers several useful tips for handling, coloring and using quills in your flies.

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EPA Will Consider Blocking Controversial Pebble Mine

Conservation and fishing groups are applauding an announcement today that the EPA will consider blocking the construction of the Pebble Mine in Alaska.  “Extensive scientific study has given us ample reason to believe that the Pebble Mine would likely have … more

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How to Tie the Ausable Wulff

In this week’s featured fly-tying video, Tim Flagler reveals his techniques for tying the Ausable Wulff, a high-floating classic that’s a great choice for fishing fast, broken water.

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How to Tie a Blue Winged Olive Quill Nymph

In this week’s featured fly-tying video, Matt Grobert ties a Blue-Winged Olive Quill Nymph with a bright orange hot spot for improved visibility.  The svelte nature of this fly along with the weight of the tungsten bead allow it to sink …

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How to Tie a Damselfly

Inspired by the incredible footage in the video “Damsels in Distress,” Matt Grobert ties a Damselfly in this week’s featured fly tying video. Matt shows several helpful techniques for working with deer hair, Antron, Coq de Leon and peacock herl.

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How to Tie a Weighted Isonychia Nymph

In this week’s featured tying video, Tim Flagler ties another must-have pattern, the weighted Isonychia Nymph.  As usual Tim gives a ton of helpful tips on using tools and materials to make the pattern more realistic and effective.

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Use a Whip Finish Tool to Cut Thread

In this week’s featured tying video, Tim Flagler gives away his technique for cutting tying thread neatly and easily, based on a modification to a favorite tying tool.  Learn how to “Use a Whip Finish Tool to Cut Thread.”

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How to Tie a Micro Pheasant Tail Nymph

Tim Flagler demonstrates techniques for keeping the hook eye clear of cement as he shows the steps for tying a Micro Pheasant Tail Nymph. About the pattern Flagler notes, “I’ve found that going small, at times, is the only way …

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