Category Archives: Flies

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


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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Marines and Fly Tying

The first annual Fly Tying Marathon sponsored by the Quantico and Fort Belvoir Project Healing Waters programs will be held February 22 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps from 9 AM to 5 PM. The event is expected … more

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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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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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