Articles By: HatchesMagazine
Alex Cerveniak’s sculpin pattern tied on a GreenCaddis 5263 hook.
If there is any fly tying technique out there that drives beginner and intermediate tiers nuts (aside from marrying wings), it spinning deer hair. What many of these tiers might not realize, however, is that there is an easier way to make bass bugs and floating deer hair flies; stacking deer hair. Unlike spinning deer [...]
Several months ago we launched the GreenCaddis brand of fly tying hooks to complement our fly boxes and scissors. We are excited and encouraged by the feedback our customers have given us and we are moving into the next phase of the process which is to introduce more styles and sizes. As the temperature drops and the fishing slows we move into “tying season” and this year as you stock your boxes for next year we hope you can consider giving GreenCaddis hooks a try.
My fly fishing club holds a monthly fly tying session. One of the first ones I attended covered the construction of balsa pencil poppers. The session leader provided class members three metal rods to paint eyes on the poppers made during the class. The rods worked well for the No. 4 and larger cupped poppers [...]
Since I started fishing and tying flies, there has been a constant rumor that wet flies are enjoying a resurgence in America. There have been magazine articles, of course, but there have also been a few quite popular and influential books, particularly those by Dave Hughes and Sylvester Nemes. In 2000, Paul Schmookler dropped a [...]
When I designed my Clapping Crab, the first thing I considered was the basic shape of the creature — two large protruding claws and a flat, oval-shaped body. To match these traits, I used what I call the “LCD” design method. Those of you unfamiliar with this method need only draw a circle and a [...]
He was very young when he had his first fly fishing experience, and he quickly expanded his interest into creating flies to fish with. Blessed with exceptional talent, enormous powers of observation and a refined sense of color, he soon began to create innovative patterns that solved many of the problems he encountered with standard-issue [...]
When Lewis fishes for trout, chances are he has a nymph tied to his tippet. Nine times out of 10, it will be a particular nymph, a pattern he developed more than nine years ago. Lewis uses the nymph so often his father nicknamed it “the Only,” short for “the only nymph Joe will use.” [...]
For three days it rained, with constant clouds and freezing temps at night. Days were muggy and warm, and I swore nothing was going to dry in time for the drive home. OK, so it wasn’t like I was camping under the open sky being drenched by tears of the gods. But, cabin or no [...]
A few years ago, I finally came to realize that being a wannabe was good enough. I was grateful for all the personal fishing opportunities I did get. When I wasn’t fishing, I would stay tuned in by purchasing the latest fly fishing DVDs and magazines available on the market. I would spend countless hours [...]
Patterns 224-234 have been added to the “Ray Bergman Collection” http://hatchesmagazine.com/blogs/Hatches/category/ray-bergman-collection/
Tag: None Tail: Scarlet quill sections Tip: Yellow floss Ribbing: None Body: Peacock herl Hackle: Black Wing: Slate * Once again the yellow floss tip called for under the tip listing is shown as a tip on the color plate painting. For review, the tag is underneath the tail, (tied in first), while a tip [...]
Tag: Gold tinsel * Tail: Yellow and black – married ** Ribbing: Gold tinsel Body: Yellow floss Hackle: Deep yellow Wing: Widgeon or gray mallard *** * The gold tinsel tag is not listed in the Trout recipe but it is visible on the color plate. ** The written recipe for the tail is ‘yellow [...]
Tag: None Tail: Dark gray Ribbing: None Body: Peacock herl Hackle: Brown Wing: Dark gray
Tag: Gold tinsel Tail: Gray mallard Ribbing: None Body: White floss or wool Hackle: Scarlet Wing: Widgeon or gray mallard * * Teal may also be used for the wing because of its similarity to widgeon. See the Martin, No. 233.