Category Archives: Flies

How to Tie Mike’s Honey Ant

Continuing the terrestrial fly theme, Mike Lawson’s super ant pattern is the subject of this week’s featured fly tying video.  Matt Grobert ties Mike’s Honey Ant on a size 16 Dai-Riki #300 dry fly hook–the perfect complement to beetles, spiders, …

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Scent of Attraction

Gear fishing company Attraxx is beginning manufacturing of scent-infused soft plastic baits—and possibly entering the fly fishing market as well. Louis Cahill lays out the issue on Gink & Gasoline, asking, “what is the difference between what works, and what … more

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How to Tie the Foam Beetle

The Foam Beetle is the focus of this week’s featured fly tying video.  Tim Flagler ties this great terrestrial pattern on a size 14 hook.  ”This beetle floats well but low in the water, making it difficult to see,” says …

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How to Tie the Purple Haze

Andy Carlson’s Purple Haze is the pattern highlighted in Tim Flagler’s tying video this week.  The Purple Haze is based on a Parachute Adams, but Andy’s recipe calls for a purple thread body and careful placement of the wing post …

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Video: Umpqua’s Fly Production Specialist Gets Dirty

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Brian Schmidt talks us through two new patterns from Umpqua Feather Merchants that will appeal to streamer freaks, bass aficionados, or anybody that loves to chuck the big bugs. The first, called the “Game Changer” by Blane Chocklett, utilizes the … more

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Scripture Bucktails

New York lawyer William Scripture was tying and designing bucktail streamers as early as 1907 and is credited with helping to develop and popularize streamer fishing. John Pitarresi highlights this tier and history in The Utica Observer-Dispatch.  

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How to Tie the Henryville Special

Tim Flagler shows us several tricks for tying the Henryville Special, a classic caddis pattern created in the 1930s by Hiram Brobst for use on the Henryville section of Broadhead Creek in the Pocono Mountains.

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An Alternative Quick and Easy Way to Tie on a Fly

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I’ve been fishing with my friend Kelly Ehret for many years now, but until recently had never seen this trick he uses. Apparently he’s been doing it for quite some time. It’s simply another way to tie on a fly. … more

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Iron Tying Event at IFTD: Participants Wanted

Spirit River is looking for participants for this year’s Iron Tying event, set to take place Thursday July 11 during IFTD in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read more in the press release below. 

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How to Tie an Isonychia Parachute Dry Fly

Matt Grobert ties an Isonychia Parachute dry fly in this week’s featured tying video.   As videographer Tim Flagler says, “Although this fly works well on its own, it also works well as an indicator when placed in front of smaller offerings.”

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