Posts Tagged ‘Fly Tying’
When it comes to Spey flies you can’t get away from the name Alec Jackson. Most recognizable in the series of Daiichi brand hooks that he developed. As I sit at my vise and tie spey fly after Spey fly, his name keeps flashing in front of me. I keep asking who is Alec Jackson and how did he get his name on every pack of these elegant and beyond durable hooks?
This is a pattern from Claude H. Bernard who guides on the Bonaventure river in Québec for atlantic salmon. Originally tied for walleye and then adapted for atlantic salmon. The Grenade was the winner in the hairwing creation category in the 1986 fly tying championship of the FQSA. HOOK: Daiichi Alec Jackson THREAD: Uni-Thread yellow [...]
In this book, Charlie Craven takes a no BS approach in introducing the reader to the art of fly tying. Like many fly tiers, I am mostly self-taught. I like to think I’ve done pretty well for myself. I certainly can’t take all of the credit for the techniques I’ve figured out at the vise, [...]
Juan Ramirez writes the blog, The Hopper Juan. He is a fly fishing guide for Anglers Covey, a fly tying instructor for Ghillies Fly Shop and Anglers Covey, as well as a father, husband and worker bee.
Whether you’re on the East Coast, the West Coast or the Gulf Coast, you will find forage fish like the anchovy or smelt– and any number of species that resemble them.
Classic Wet Flies Patterns from Ray Bergman’s Books: Trout, Just Fishing, and With Fly, Plug, and Bait Photos, flies, text, and updated recipes by Don Bastian This photographic collection of traditional wet fly patterns, recipes, and notes, when completed, will contain four-hundred eighty-three flies selected from Ray Bergman’s books. This number was determined by including [...]
“Talking turkey” is an old idiom referring to a candid discussion. In present use the phrase denotes a matter of business, a factual and straightforward approach to problem solving. This contemporary definition works just fine, unless you are a fly fisherman.
The following is an excerpt from the book, Opening Days, by Richard Chiaponne. It is from the chapter titled, “Perfect: A Fly Tier’s Beginnings.”
Hatches is excited to announce that we’ve created a Hatches Magazine group on Flickr. This is an opportunity for you to share all of your fly tying and fly fishing related photographs with other readers, and oh yeah, we’ll be watching too. Each week we’ll be on the lookout for outstanding photographs, which we’ll be [...]
This week’s typing tip is in response to a question by Hatches reader, Nick S. from Boise, ID. Nick wanted to know if we had any suggestions for a small, lightweight fly tying vise to use streamside, or on backcountry fly-in/ hike-in fly fishing trips.
Modern fly tiers love to employ the “latest and greatest” materials and techniques in their patterns. If a material orbits Earth in the Space Shuttle, chances are it becomes fodder for the tier’s bench. If some famous angler starts hackling dry flies with pig bristles, chances are the local fly shop will soon sponsor a [...]
Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life. There is no better example of that approach to life than the case of 85 year old Stanley Cooper Jr., of Tunkhannock, PA.
Horse hair is one of Wyoming’s most abundant natural resources. Coal, oil, and natural gas are the media darlings, but horse hair is everywhere in the Cowboy State. To a fly tier, it would be a shame to waste all that beautiful long hair when it looks so good wrapped around a fly hook. It [...]
The story of the Adams begins just 12 miles south of Traverse City, Michigan, off County Road 611 in the small township of Mayfield. It was here, in 1922, at the Mayfield Pond where Leonard Halladay created the famous Adams fly.
Hatches is pleased to announce the arrival of Singlebarbed’s Sixth Finger Scissors to the Hatches Store! These surgical-grade stainless steel fly tying scissors are designed to remain in the hand for the duration of the tying session. One over-sized finger hole allows the scissor to be worn like a wedding ring at the base of [...]