Kent Klewein, over at Gink & Gasoline, wrote a great piece lately about how to cover a hatch. It all starts with carrying the right flies and knowing when to use them. You can read the article in full here.
Parachute dry flies are a staple in my box year-round, but they're especially helpful during the colder months, when small bugs hatch. Parachute flies are easy to see, and look like most any midge or baetis dry fly on a given trout river. Dennis Potter, over at Fly Tyer Magazine, wrote a great piece about tying parachute dries, which you can read in full...
For Tying Tuesday, I figured we'd mix things up a bit and feature this story from Fly Lords about five different flies for redfish. I've never gone after redfish, though they're on my bucket list. And these flies certainly look like they'd do the trick. What do you think?
The Black Beauty Midge is one of the few midge patterns that I actually enjoy tying. It's quick, simple, and deadly effective. And did I mention simple? I value ease-of-tying over just about anything else when I sit down to the vise. Anyways - the folks at Orvis put together a good post on tying the Black Beauty, which you can read in full here.
For beginner fly tiers, one of the most frustrating problems is figuring out how to prevent thread from breaking. This is something I wrestled with for years before figuring it out on my own. I wish I would've had this article to help clear the waters for me. You can read the article in full here.
Louis Cahill put together a really nice piece about using smaller flies to catch big steelhead, over at Gink & Gasoline. You can read it in full here.
It seems like I always hear about fly shops going under, which is desperately sad news. So, when I hear of new shops opening up, I get excited. Spawn Fly Fish, which was formerly an online-only fly shop, has moved into new space in Ilwaco, Washington, right at the mouth of the Columbia River. You can read all about the shop's opening here.
It's been a while since we featured a video from Tightline Productions on Tying Tuesday, and Tim's latest about the Undertaker is a must-see. These classic salmon fly patterns are among my personal favorites, as they're just a blast to tie. And, as you can see, they're relatively simple, too.
In a recent piece, the folks over at Orvis featured a video on how to tie the micro egg fly. This time of year, it's a deadly pattern, and one you need to have in your box. Take a look at the video here.
Legendary fly designer, tier, and of course, angler, Kelly Galloup recently shared this video with all of the fly fishing community. It's his step-by-step process for creating the G Mouse, a fly that's certainly taken many big browns over its existence. You can watch the video below.