Connor’s Jerk

by Connor Jones via Gink & Gasoline 

a simple to tie, great profiled, minimally explained (big bonus points !), all-purpose baitfish imitation that’s cute and sexy, easy to cast because it won’t hold water for long, wiggles and jiggles the way a baitfish imitation should and all that to a nice soundtrack by Adrian Belew. what more could we want ?
tie them smaller, bigger, maybe weighted with lead wire wraps if it needs to get down a little faster and in different colour combos to suit your local needs, baitfish and target species. enjoy !

Jack’s Sparrow

Jack as in Gartside and Sparrow as in this lovely universal, multi-purpose, no frill or bling streamer expertly tied by Tim Flagler.

in a contemporary world where most flies seem to look more like decorated christmas trees than anything else, this classic is a nice reminder that drab is good and often gooder than bling.
its not like i have any problems with blingy flies: if they work, they work and that’s a great thing. on the other hand, in the vast majority of areas i fish in Europe, drab, or rather ‘natural-coloured’ flies outfish bling maybe at an eighty or more percent ratio.
concretely, this means that the blings are at the back of the box, in much lower numbers and are used as a last resort or when waters are very murky. (but even then, black flies always seem to get more attention… )
of course, this is a regional thing and even if you live in a bling part of the world, having a few of these in different sizes stashed away might just save the day when your fish aren’t in a psychedelic mood.

as always and whatever he’s tying, Tim’s tutorials are chock full of of obvious and not so obvious tying tricks that also transfer to a myriad of other fly patterns making us better tiers whatever style of fly we tie. as such i’d recommend paying attention to all the finer details.  enjoy !

Trout’s Sunday Brunch

intended as a Crane fly larvae, which i’m sure it does a great job at catching if those bugs are out and about in your waters, what i see is a fly that looks wormy and yummy (it’s even gummy !) regardless whether there are actual crane flies around or not. an attractor fly of sorts without flash and bling to be used when there isn’t a defined or detectable hatch and as such, sounds pretty spot-on all year round.

brought to us by the guys at Hammer Creek Fly Fishing, its a simple and great looking fly to tie for tiers of all levels. enjoy !

the Freaky Frog

by Chad Johnson via The Ozark Fly Fisher Journal

too cool to not tie up a few for your own fishing, these little creatures have all the right elements to entice, notably with the weighted butt this should not only gurgle, splash and wiggle but also bob back and forth: destined to catch more than a few frog-eaters.
be sure to tie a few more and cut off the hook so your little ones can play with them in the bath. enjoy !

Brandlin’

Alan Bithell has already contributed several treats on TLC and on today’s wormy menu we have another yummy:

brandling |ˈbrandliNG|
noun
a red earthworm that has rings of a brighter color, often found in manure, and used as bait by anglers and in composting kitchen waste.
[Eisenia fetida, family Lumbricidae.]
ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from brand + -ling.

Odor
When roughly handled, an Eisenia fetida exudes a pungent liquid, thus the specific name foetida meaning foul-smelling. This is presumably an antipredator adaptation.

and here’s the beast but the best news is this one catches a lot of fish because just about every fish loves to eat worms and maybe more importantly, this one doesn’t exude anything, not even stink…

Brandlin' 1

lead foil being optional, apart from the hook and thread, there’s only two ingredients:

Brandlin' 2rubber stretch skin and a protective finishing coat of your preference.

as noted in the text, the only challenge here is getting the stretch skin’s tension right. play around with this a little and it’ll be spot on in no time. besides, if it doesn’t look right, simply unwind and try again.
click either image for the complete article on Alan’s site Crackaig Flies, enjoy !

Fly Tying- Everything you’ve always wanted to know about Organza

Get your Ojo working by Nick Thomas via Eat Sleep Fish

Ojo 1
the title basically says it all. Nick’s most excellent and comprehensive tutorial includes preparation of the organza strips, Ojo 2to mixing different coloured strips, to detailed sbs’s of three different patterns with plenty of tips and tricks along the way, to ideas on combining this material with others, to etc, etc, etc.
this is Ojo’d Organzan bliss.

click either image to access the complete article on Pete Tyjas’ Eat Sleep Fish, one the nicest, most unpretentious online fly fishing mags there is. enjoy !
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Davie’s Black Cricket

Davie McPhail’s been recently upgrading a lot of his youtube tying videos to HD and as we say here in the south of France:
‘zat’s f’n great’ !!!
so, to celebrate this high definition, on today’s menu we have a lovely and quite crunchy-munchy Black Cricket
Black Cricket

note that “It’s Bill Skilton’s Stretchy Foam that I used and not Thin Foam as I said in the video, sorry….” and as you’ll see in the video and even if it might not be the easiest thing to find, this particular foam is absolutely perfect for this type of patter. something worth hunting down.
otherwise here’s the recipe to make this too-cool bug.

Hook, size 10 dry fly
Thread, Uni 8/0 black
Tail, Dyed Black Turkey or Goose Biots
Body, Bill Skilton’s Stretchy Foam and Black Dubbing
Back, Bill Skilton’s Stretchy Foam
Legs, Dyed Black Turkey Biots and a Dyed Black Cock Hackle
Thorax Cover, Black Foam
Head, Black Dubbing
Horns, Dyed Black Pheasant Tail

and here’s the beast. enjoy !

on a personal note, the tier can certainly go and finish the fly just like Davie’s doing but apart from some long-stranded dubbing to tidy up the head at 8:40, i’d probably stop adding materials, whip finish and pull out the strands a bit to imitate the short front legs of the crunchy black beauty. either way its all good.