Posts Tagged ‘Patterns’

Count Chocula Mouse by Michael Rowland

Count Chocula Mouse by Michael Rowland

Growing up in Michigan, I learned to love fishing at night with mice patterns. It wasn’t until I moved out west that I realized how versatile these flies can be. Now, I always carry a few just in case- or if I have too much to drink and need something to keep my attention during […]

Tangled Up in Blue by LeVern “Vern-O” Burm

Tangled Up in Blue by LeVern “Vern-O” Burm

As a fly tier and a devoted steelheader, I encounter many new trends and “must have” flies. I am not one of those guys who have two different patterns in a couple of colors and sizes in his fly boxes. I have at best, two of each pattern, a multitude of colors, shapes and sizes, […]

Wet Fly Heads by Mike Schmidt

Wet Fly Heads by Mike Schmidt

Through the years I’ve spent fly fishing and fly tying, I have seen a whole lot of flies. Having an art background I have found that I tend to look at all of them with a critical eye; noting each small hard fought victory at the vise as well as their imperfections. Over time I […]

The Dirty Rat by Jackie Treehorn

The Dirty Rat by Jackie Treehorn

A few summers ago, I noticed a small mouse swimming in my pool. He struggled and fought for dear life, nose barely breaking the surface, legs churning like it was on a hamster wheel. I was inspired by his heroic efforts and chose to create a fly that mimicked his final death dance. Most mouse […]

Fly Tyers of the World: Volume III

Fly Tyers of the World: Volume III

The Fly Tyers of the World series (see excerpts from vol. 3 below) is a stunning new series of casebound, limited edition, numbered books designed and photographed by Steve Thornton.  Broken up into 5 volumes, Fly Tyers of the World offers a unique and personal insight into 100 of the world’s best known fly tyers […]

Selective Trout by Carl Richards & Doug Swisher, Illustrated by Dave Whitlock

Selective Trout by Carl Richards & Doug Swisher, Illustrated by Dave Whitlock

One of the most essential yet seemingly simple aspects of creating a deadly pattern is size. This is especially true for the smaller flies, those less than 7 or 8 mm in length. If, for example, we are trying to imitate a natural that is 5 mm long and our artificial ends up being 6 mm long, we are a whopping 20 percent too large. One millimeter does not sound like much, but it can mean the difference between success and failure, particularly when diminutive patterns are used.

How To Make a Woven Body by John Terje Refsahl

How To Make a Woven Body by John Terje Refsahl

In this article, Terje shares an excellent step-by-step on how to create a woven body using what many refer to as the “granny weave”.  To help illustrate the weaving process, Terje has used heavy strands of antron yarn.  Using larger bundles of yarn may help also help the beginner who is first learning how to […]

Profile: Realistic Fly Tying Pioneer, Bob Mead by Alex Cerveniak

Profile: Realistic Fly Tying Pioneer, Bob Mead by Alex Cerveniak

The first time I talked with Bob Mead was sometime during the Spring of 2006, while I still lived in northern Michigan. It was basically a short series of emails from a young tier trying to pick the brain of a veteran.  Coincidentally a few months later, I wound up living 15 minutes from him, […]

The Complete Illustrated Directory of Salmon & Steelhead Flies by Chris Mann

The Complete Illustrated Directory of Salmon & Steelhead Flies by Chris Mann

The following is a review and excerpt of The Complete Illustrated Directory of Salmon & Steelhead Flies, written by Chris Mann (Frank Amato Publications, October 2008,  8.5 x 11 Inches, 448 Pages, Index, All Color- originally published by Melin Unwin Books, 2008) which is available at fine fly shops and booksellers everywhere. Editor’s Note: Two […]

Brassed Off by Dave Wiltshire

Brassed Off by Dave Wiltshire

Love it or hate it, the inevitable need to go deeper and find the fish, is married with the arrival of colder (and often wetter) weather.  Whilst it may not be the dry-fly fishers’ idea of fun, big and heavy, lead-packed nymphs are often the answer.  Fished in a variety of styles, they can be […]

The History of Smoky Mountain Trout Flies by G.S. Stack Scoville

The History of Smoky Mountain Trout Flies by G.S. Stack Scoville

As fly tiers and fly fishermen, we all want to tie the newest fish catching patterns. Most tiers want to try the newest materials and see how they might be utilized more effectively. Many tiers and fishermen have wondered how certain flies “came into existence” or “What were they thinking when they came up with […]

Dressed to Kill by Duane P. Vigue

Dressed to Kill by Duane P. Vigue

During the early part of the Twentieth Century in Maine, the featherwing streamer was developed and fished by a dedicated few, mostly in a small, relatively unknown area of Western Maine called the Rangeley Lakes Region. Herb Welch and Carrie Stevens pioneered the movement and both designed, tested and fished hundreds of patterns with much […]

Underwire Support: The Secret to a Shapely Body by Russ Forney

Underwire Support: The Secret to a Shapely Body by Russ Forney

Sorry Victoria, the secret is out: underwire support is the key to a flattering figure. Strategically placed and properly fashioned, short segments of wire are an excellent foundation for the broad, flattened abdomen characteristic of large nymphs. The shapely bulk of underbody wire makes an attractive chassis for subsurface flies, providing just the right visual […]

Tying the Rusty Parachute

Tying the Rusty Parachute

A simple parachute that doubles as a spinner. The purpose of this video is primarily to get a grasp on the process involved in tying a parachute style dry fly. Alter the colors and sizes and you can fill a fly box full of these simple patterns that are great fish catchers. For more information […]

The Slumpbuster by John Barr

The Slumpbuster by John Barr

The following is an excerpt from Barr Flies written by John Barr, fly tying photos by Charlie Craven (Stackpole Books, August 2007, 184 pages, 570 color photos, 22 illustrations) which is available at Fly Shops and booksellers everywhere.

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