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Tag: fly tying

Tying Up Some Answers

I used to think the surest way to attract expert opinion was to pop the hood on my truck. Then about a week ago I started tying flies. To be fair, I asked for the criticism… sort of. I posted a few photos of my feeble tying attempts on Facebook. As everyone knows by now, social media is the realm of experts. Folks will tell you whatever you “need” to...

Books and DVDs for First-Time Tiers

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: I'm looking to start tying flies for the first time. After wading through all of the options for vises, tools, materials, etc., I'm still left with one big decision to make: What books/DVDs do you recommend for a first-time fly tier? Jan M., currently in Almaty, Kazakhstan...

Back to the Future: The Flies of Greg Senyo

If you tie streamers—heck if you tie anything—then you probably know the name Greg Senyo, which appears on a variety of products with a number of companies: Lazer Dub, Shaggy Dub, Predator Wrap, Articulated Shanks. And that's just a short list.  Steelheaders know him for his swing patterns, which are spectacular in the true sense of the word: they are...

Tying the Royal Wulff

Tim Flagler shows his method for tying an attractor pattern that is a perennial favorite for rougher-water trout fishing.  He ties the pattern on a long-shank TMC 100 hook, size 12, but the Royal Wulff works well on anything from a size 10 all the way down to an 18.

Fly Fishing Jazz: Seat Belts, and a Lesson In Humility

SOME YEARS AGO, Andrew Steketee and I were in the middle phases of writing a book on fly fishing guides (titled Castwork, which would ultimately launch our respective fly fishing writing/editing careers) when we chanced upon Pete Cardinal on the Missouri River in Montana. Of all the quotes from any of the remarkable guides in that book, the one that haunts...

Tying a Bird's Nest

Matt Grobert ties a Bird's Nest with a copper bead head. The Bird's Nest is a nymph pattern authored by master tier and San Francisco fly shop owner Cal Bird in 1959. Bird first tied it—without the bead—for trout fishing on the Truckee River.

2012 Fly Tying Gear

FLY TYING IS VERY MUCH an entity unto itself, with a very strong niche following. In many cases, old standards by way of vises and tools still dominate tier preferences. But we do see a number of innovative products that offer a potential new "twist" for the bench (and the traveling bench) coming down the pike in 2012. For starters, Umpqua is introducing a...

Tying a Soft Hackle Mayfly Emerger

Author, fly-tying instructor and blogger Matt Grobert ties a sulphur version of the Soft Hackle Mayfly Emerger. "Although here he's tying a sulphur, by changing the hook size and the colors of the components, this pattern can be used to represent a large range of emerging mayflies," notes videographer Tim Flagler.

Tying a Clouser Minnow

Tim Flagler ties another saltwater classic, the Clouser Minnow. Authored by Bob Clouser around 1987, this pattern is one of the most-imitated and most-used flies in saltwater, and has even inspired freshwater versions for bigger trout and gamefish. The original Clouser Deep Minnow evolved from traditional bucktail streamers and was intended for smallmouth...

Tying an October Caddis

October Caddis hatches are close in relation to some of the larger mayflies like Drakes and Hexes in that they are often known for bringing larger trout into the upper part of the water column.  If you hit one of these events on the head it can be very rewarding.  This particular pattern is very versatile and can be fished dead drift, swung on a semi...