Category Archives: Flies

Video: New Bass Poppers – Umpqua Feather Merchants

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Fly manager Brian Schmidt from Umpqua Feather Merchants gives us a sneak peak at some of the newer popper styles that will be available in 2016 and how subtle differences in their design go a long way in differentiating them … more

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How to Tie a Sulphur Usual Variant

With special attention on how to select and sort the perfect hair from snowshoe rabbit feet, Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a Sulphur variation of Fran Betters’s famed Usual fly pattern in this week’s featured video.

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How to Tie a Wood Duck Scud

Ask the average beginning fly fisher what trout foods are most important to their quarry.  If you hear “scuds” in their answer it will probably come far down the list.  But in many waters scuds are a key part of the …

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How to Tie the Peacock and Partridge

The Peacock and Partridge is one of those ancient patterns combines a soft hackle style with simple construction to produce an all-purpose fly that can be fished multiple ways. Tier Tim Flagler updates his version with modern materials, and notes: “Using just …

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How to Tie Rene Harrop’s CDC Transitional Midge

Matt Grobert ties Rene Harrop’s CDC Transitional Midge in this week’s featured fly tying video (for real). As videographer Tim Flagler says: “It’s pretty amazing how many different body parts can be formed with a single CDC puff. Mr. Harrop really …

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How to Tie the Slumpbuster

Tim Flagler ties a John Barr streamer pattern, the Slumpbuster, in this week’s featured tying video.  “The Slumpbuster is an absolutely awesome pattern for high, discolored water,” notes Flaglers, “and has a reputation for catching big fish.”

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How to Tie a Little Black Stonefly

A great early-season pattern, the Little Black Stonefly is fun to tie and provides plenty of opportunity for variation in materials and color.  Tim Flagler ties this week’s featured pattern with a few of his own tweaks, including using a …

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Early Fishing Text

A Benedictine breviary containing what are thought to be the earliest known fly pattern recipes was recently discovered by antiquarian bookseller, Maggs Bros. Ltd. of London. Read more and view a video of the manuscript via The Literary Fly Fisher.

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How to Tie a Wally Wing Rusty Spinner

Bruce Corwin ties the featured fly pattern of the week, a Wally Wing Rusty Spinner.  The Wally Wing style of tying wings, developed by Canadian Wally Lutz, is ideal for imitating the spinner stage of the mayfly.

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How to Tie Higa’s SOS

Higa’s SOS (“Save Our Skin”) is the featured fly tying pattern of the week.  Tim Flagler shows how to use plunger-style hackle pliers to make handling the small hook easier, and how a magnetic strip on the end of a popsicle …

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