Category Archives: Flies

Video: Tenkara Flies Compared with Western Counterparts


Daniel Galhardo of Tenkara USA educates us in the simplicity of tying Tenkara flies, as well as their differences when compared to the “western” style of fly tying.

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West Denver TU to Host Annual Fly Tying Clinic

The West Denver chapter of Trout Unlimited will be holding their annual fly tying clinic on February 8th.  If you’re in the area, stop by to see local celebrities like Charlie Craven, Pat Dorsey, and Jay Zimmerman tie signature patterns … more

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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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New Sculpin Species Discovered in the West

A new fish was discovered this week in mountain rivers of Idaho and Montana. The new species of freshwater sculpin, characterized by a distinctive large head, has been named the cedar sculpin. “It tells you how much we still don’t know … more

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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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How To Tie a Zelon Midge

Matt Grobert ties one of Craig Mathews’s terrific patterns, the Zelon Midge, in this week’s featured tying video.   The Zelon Midge imitates the adult midge.  As Mathews told MidCurrent a couple of years back, “There just isn’t a place …

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Podcast Interview: Jay Zimmerman

Author Jay Zimmerman is featured in the most recent episode of Rob Snowhite’s podcast series. In this good-humored and down-to-earth interview, Zimmerman talks about everything from pet peeves and philosophy of fly design to his recently released book, The Top … more

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How to Tie Ken’s Crazy Ant

Ken’s Crazy Ant is tier and videographer Tim Flagler’s fly of choice this week.  Aptly named—perhaps because the pattern combines foam drawer liner, Antron and grizzly hackle—the fly floats like a cork and is incredibly realistic.

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Painted Beetles

Of the 1.2 million to 1.5 million insect species that have been described, explains Dana Jennings, about 400,000 are beetles. French painter Bernard Durin highlighted this proclivity in his book Beetles and Other Insects, which presents intricate imitations of beetles … more

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