Category Archives: Flies

“All About Feathers”

Evolved for warmth, flight and weatherproofing, feathers are used by anglers for their movement, flotation and liveliness. Understanding the anatomy of feathers and their biological purpose can help in design at the tying desk, so take some time to check … more

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Josh Graffam Joins Umpqua Feather Merchants

Umpqua Feather Merchants has announced that Josh Graffam, guide and current member of Fly Fishing Team USA, will be joining their team as key account and international accounts manager. Read more in the press release below. 

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How to Tie Art Flick’s Classic Red Quill

Matt Grobert ties Art Flick’s Classic Red Quill in this week’s featuring fly tying video.  It’s a great pattern to have in the box for those early spring Hendricksons that are only a couple of weeks away.

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How to Tie a Bivisible

In this week’s featured fly tying video, Tim Flagler ties the Bivisible, a pattern popularized by Edward Ringwood Hewitt in the 1920s.  As Flagler notes: “The bivisible is a time-tested attractor pattern that floats well and represents a wide range of aquatic …

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Submitting Flies to Orvis

What does it take for a fly to end up in the Orvis catalog? If you’ve ever wondered or considered submitting a pattern, check out a recent article in which Philip Monahan and Shawn Brillon explain how the company evaluates … more

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How to Tie a Cinder Worm

One of the great macro-events a fly fisher can experience is the spawning swarm of marine worms.  Whether it’s the palolo worm of the sub-tropics or the cinder worm of colder waters, when the event happens it draws massive numbers …

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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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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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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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Quick Tip: Use Archery Fletching Powder to Dry Your Flies

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I’ve got a little secret for you. You know that ten-dollar, two-ounce bottle of “Shake and Bake” you put on your dry flies to keep them riding a little higher? That stuff is expensive. Like really, really expensive! While convenient … more

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