by Louis Rhead 1914 via OpenLibrary
without a doubt we can be pretty sure that hatch timetables and even bug species in the last ninety-nine years have come to be inexistent in some areas while others have taken their place, we’re still left with an enormous wealth of information regarding river-side insect life and how to put this to good use.
geared towards U.S. rivers, anglers from around the world will find similarities and usefulness for their own waters. besides, i’m not sure it really matters, it’s a great read regardless and maybe a reminder that bugs is bugs and fishes is fishes and fly fishing hasn’t changed all that much so there’s a lot to learn from the past. the many hand-drawn plates created by the author back up all the groovy buggy-fishy info with beauty, further sharing the notion that it’s not just a matter of fish food and catching fish but of creatures to be admired on their own and thank you Mr Rhead for that.
click either image for 177 pages of old school coolness online or HERE to download PDF, Kindle and others to enjoy this offline.
Ollie Edwards videos don’t usually stay up for long on the public domain so, this is worth watching quickly before it washes downstream !
a little over an hour long and all in honor of Frank Sawyer, there’s tying and fishing with tips and tricks and of course, goofy ‘ole Edwards all along the way. enjoy !
it’s New Wave and Shrimp Eye Day here in the south of France, so without further ado, to start off the festivities here’s a brilliant burnt-mono shrimp eye tutorial by Curtis Fry at Fly Fish Food.
“I’m sure most anyone has seen or has created their own monofilament eyes. It’s not rocket science, but there are still a few things I’ve found that make it easier yet keep a bit of realism in the mix.
So for this method, you’ll need: ” to click the pic above for the complete materials list and awesome how-to video with some very interesting tips and tricks to make your own great looking shrimpy eyes.
keep in mind that mono-eyes can be used for streamers, damsel and other nymph imitations as well as for dry flies: the big and bulging adult mayfly eyes come to mind but that’s far from all. use the same technique and vary sizes and colours to suit.
as for the New Wave, i’m not really into this soft and sticky stuff but since it’s about Shrimp Eyes…. enjoy !
i’d probably start blushing if asked which exact mayflies nymphs have gills like these,
but i have a hard time blushing so it’s enough to say that some bugs have them and some bugs don’t. however, these lovely G Flies most certainly have them and for the moment, that’s about all that matters. i guess.
todays step-by-step is a silent one and i like that. it makes us have to visually anchor the tying process by paying attention to all the little details and maybe best of all, transcends all languages. with demonstrations like this there’s no need for words. thanks Lucian.
can’t get enough…
click either image for the complete step by step and materials list. enjoy !
by Hans Weilenmann
if you liked Dennis Shaw’s most fantabulous Fly Tying: A Complete Dubbing Techniques Tutorialthen you’ll most certainly enjoy this new video. showing us the very same thread-splitting technique but in video form will help those who still might have a few difficulties in assimilating this technique to their bag of tricks.
keep in mind that as explained here, the more turns of thread we put around a hook the more we tighten the thread. (at least for right-hand tiers wrapping away from themselves: don’t worry, the vast majority of us tie this way. we’re not freaks !)
in other words, we might have to un-spin the thread before being able to flatten and split it. Hans, with his exemplary, minimal thread-wrap method of tying will automatically have less ‘problems’ with this than those who add more wraps. it’s not really a problem though as long as we’re aware of this tightening and un-twist accordingly.
on a personal note, the only ‘sort-of-negative’ aspect i can find to the split-thread technique is the amount of dubbing inserted in the thread has to be just right. if we’ve added too much and have some left over at the spot where we’ve wanted to stop winding, we can’t just tie it off and cut off excess as when using a dubbing loop.
depending on the materials used and how much we’ve tightened the thread and if wax was applied, we can always try to pull out the extra fluff but that’s not a for-sure. so, until we’ve acquired the sense of the exact amount of dubbing we’ll need for each specific pattern, it’s best to ere on on the lighter side and simply add a little more if necessary.
as so often in fly tying, less is more.
not much to not like with a title like that.., but with topics such as: Underwater Experiments, The ‘Instrument of Satisfaction’ (my favourite !), Diagnosis of Flies, Symmetry of Flies, The ‘Line-of-Pull’, Holding the Hook (tying these lovely flies by hand) and gorgeous plates like this, that it’s kinda turned into a love affair.
this one’s a really special find that i hope you’ll enjoy as much as i did. click either pic to access the complete 510 page book online on OpenLibrary or HERE to download it in pdf file or Kindle and other nifty ways to read it later when offline.
ok, Davie doesn’t mention anything about Ms. Mouse (as well as anyone else as far as i can tell… ) but, this style of fly always brings up images of her sexy bow-tie shaped head gear, something i’m sure the trout are fond of in an equal manner. (that’s one of those things i can’t explain but just is)
if only she had a hook…
anyway, leaving aside the cutesy parts, what i mostly like about this fly is apart from the tail, it doesn’t look at all like a natural bug and yet we know it fools fish easily and it fools them a lot.
tying-tip-wise, were shown a really nice way to tie in and tame micro-fibbets and although we’ve seen it several times, Davie’s method of tying in and adjusting paired wing slips is always worthy of close attention. enjoy !
going a little bit out on the limb here with a tutorial that the vast majority won’t understand a single word of (don’t worry, me neither and that even after living two years in Sweden… ) so , even without the extremely thorough explanations (ok, i do get a word or two now and then), what we have left are exceptionally detailed visuals on tying an exceptional tie that has become Nik’s signature fly.
i’ve seen these swim and their very enticing action in the water is a result of long experience combined with a lot of talent. the video is 33 minutes long and well worth the watch for anyone interested in tying pike or other predator species tube flies. i hope you’ll enjoy.
ok, i’ve never used one and i’ve always considered these full-spinning vises to be more of a gadget than anything else. that’s hardly an educated opinion. check.
i guess my major beef has been all the comments from users about how fast they could get a fly finished; something i can never get my head around because i wonder what’s the point of hurrying up, why not take a few more moments to enjoy the craft, maybe learn a thing or two along the way, take a break from the ‘i gotta do everything fast so i can keep up with this high-paced world we live in’ (or rather, some of us accept to live in), add in some silly old fart saying such as ‘haste makes waste’ and i end up with an enormous WTF ?! but ! that all sounds old-fashioned and since i’m not getting any younger it might be a good idea to not make a fashion of this way of thinking any more. besides, the video is really nice, we can learn some very nice ways to make a very nice fly where we can more or less adapt the same techniques even without the turbo-vise and, for some unknown reason, i’ve always liked the name Norm. (that probably mostly happened after seeing Fargo) anyhow… enjoy !
even though they’re not really transparent, chironomid pupae have this gross, slimy texture and reflectance about them that makes it seems like it and that’s what makes Hans’ KF stand out from the somewhat recent vogue of epoxy/now turned to UV resin yet still opaque buzzer imitations that are branded just about everywhere. it’s not like i’d say that wrapping the KF body is labor intensive as it just takes a little while but it’s the key element of this fly. allowing the slightly shiny hook to show through gives that ‘airy-lively-sexy (sort of)’ appearance the real bugs have. sure, there are other methods of getting the same visual results but they involve adding unnecessary layers and thickness to a bug that’s usually quite thin.
also, in yet another demonstration of ‘every wrap of thread should contribute to the fly’s construction’ philosophy, Hans’ great trick of combining winding the dubbing while simultaneously whip-finishing the fly is a great one to add to any tier’s repertoire. enjoy !
yup, Markus Hoffman‘s crawled out of his Guinness-Flavored man-cave and gone into town to bring us this unusually located tasty-yummy swedish half-in/half-out, midge-chironomid-buzzer ‘Frisörmyggan‘ treat *
since the fly itself is a little hard to see on the vid, Markus gracefully provided a few pics to wet your lacquered and well gelled appetite. enjoy !
* ‘Midge-Hairdresser’ (yeah, goofy but as long as it isn’t Surströmming and it catches fish i can live with it)
** be sure to click on either pic for a selection of Markus’ trippy tying tutorials previously posted on the Cobra
an oh-so useful and out-of-the-box tip just out from Hans Weilenmann
we’ve seen this method many times throughout Hans’ great tying tutorials, however today’s how-to demonstrates in greater detail his rather unique manner of tying off ribbing, hackles and other materials.
this has several advantages over wrap-wrap-wrap and snip: since the material is effectively doubled-over, it’s completely locked in place with only two turns of thread. as explained, the first turn locks down both sides of the material and the second jams it all together. brilliant.
of equal grooviness is the cut or worried-off (twisted) or snapped-off material bit that’s left is angled toward the the back of the hook instead of toward the eye, leaving the space between the last material and the eye without lumps and bumps and unnecessary thread-wrap thickness to add on more materials or, nice and neat and thin to finish the head of the fly without having horendouly-horrible things sticking out of it. brilliant.
i’ll leave out the video title’s extraneous superlatives and get to the point: this is a very nice and simple way to get big, fat, juicy-sexy legs for all your grasshopper and similar-legged imitations.
combining more ‘traditional’ methods of knotting feather fibers and then gluing the fibers to get a strong and realistic shape as in Ulf Hagström’s ‘Sexy legs Simply’ , hopefully this how-to will inspire a few patterns for this end-of-summer-trout-candy must-have fly. enjoy !