All Dubbed Out and ready to Go

as promised earlier, Fly Tying: A Complete Dubbing Techniques Tutorial is back and running as before. all images are i believe, where they should be… and Dennis Shaw’s fantastico-ultimate dubbing reference is back, available for all to see, use and learn from. whew… to be honest, it was a royal pain in the butt because, ehh, it’s […]

Fly Tying: A Complete Dubbing Techniques Tutorial

DEAR READERS, due to Photobucket’s recent online-photo sharing policie change (read blackmail), every single of the 204 images accompanying this article have been hidden from public view… i will do my best to try to get those images back from author Dennis Shaw and restore them to the article. in the meantime, and even though […]

Fly Tying- More on Tying Thread Twist

good things come and go and the UKFD – UKFlyDressing forum recently and very unfortunately did just that. it’s hard to put a rating on fly tying forums but i always really appreciated this one, there was so much to learn from very talented tiers, excellent tips and tricks and step-by-steps and always a helping hand […]

Fly Tying Videos- Tim’s Caddis Larvae

by Tim Flagler at tightlinevideo man, i really love Tim’s tutorials. everything about them; the well and thoroughly thought out descriptions, high film quality, crisp and clear instructions and overall pleasant learning atmosphere make these videos a real gem and this new one’s one of the best he’s produced. based on a simple go-to caddis […]

Tuesday’s ShoutOut- the UKFlyDressing forum

UKFlyDressing or UKFD, has been since i signed up six years ago my favorite fly tying forum among the crowd. always friendly, unpretentious and with a very rich assortment of fly patterns, step-by-steps, tying tips and you name it goodies to keep the fly tier of all levels learning, creative and more efficient. the highly […]

Black Beaver and Cock

‘A fly no angler should be without is a small black midge. Summer or winter you will always find them on the water, and so will Mr. Trout. The beauty of midge patterns is that they don’t need to be complicated, a bit of dubbing and a hackle is all that’s needed. Stick one on […]

Fly Tying- How to apply dubbing

clear, concise with all the finer details, Hans Stephenson‘s basic dubbing application tutorial is primarily geared towards the beginners in fly tying but a lot of ‘seasoned veterans’ might just pick up a thing or two as well. although the dubbing material used in the vid seems to be of the ‘super-easy to apply’ type, […]

Fly Tying- the Split Thread Technique

by Hans Weilenmann if you liked Dennis Shaw’s most fantabulous Fly Tying: A Complete Dubbing Techniques Tutorial then 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 […]

Fly Tying Tips and Tricks: Working with Marabou

in another fantabulous tying tutorial from Dennis Shaw at UKFlyDressing, this time we venture into the soft and fluffy world of Marabou feathers with some invaluable tips on getting the most from this lively and versatile material.  ” There are basically two ways to tie in marabou for wings and tails. Below I will show you […]

a dry and damp Culard

dry “This is the Culard, another successful pattern from Hans van Klinken. It has been a hugely successful pattern for me, much more than the well known Klinkhammer Special and the Once and Away. I believe Hans designed the fly for fishing low water conditions on a river, and at that it certainly excels. It […]

“The great point, then, in fly-dressing, is to make the artificial fly resemble the natural insect in shape, and the great characteristic of all river insects is extreme lightness and neatness of form. Our great objection to the flies in common use is, that they are much too bushy; so much so, that there are few to be got in the tackle-shops which we could use with any degree of confidence in clear water. Every possible advantage is in favour of a lightly-dressed fly; it is more like a natural insect ; it falls lighter on the water, and every angler knows the importance of making his fly fall gently, and there being less material about it, the artificial nature of that material is not so easily detected; and also, as the hook is not so much covered with feathers, there is a much better chance of hooking a trout when it rises. We wish to impress very strongly upon the reader the necessity of avoiding bulky flies”

an excerpt from W.C. Stewart’s infamous The Practical Angler  1857 brave and authoritative statement to say the least, any thoughts ? thanks to Dennis Shaw for reminding me of this quote.

Fly Tying: A Complete Dubbing Techniques Tutorial

here, ladies and gents is simply put, the absolute reference in dubbing techniques.